Carl & Bethany Sledge
Before moving to Germany, Carl and Bethany, both UPCI-licensed ministers, pastored ten years in Hennepin, Oklahoma. During that time, they also started a work in Stratford. Carl served in the Sunday School department and Bethany served in the Ladies' Ministries department in Oklahoma. After three short-term missions trips to the German-speaking nations, the Sledges felt the Lord's direction for them to work full-time in Germany. In January 2017 they moved to Berlin. During their two years in Berlin, they maintained the church in Berlin, which was started by a previous missionary, opened a church in Potsdam (southwest of Berlin) and started a house church in Leipzig. Bethany completed training for and served as administrator of the Purpose Institute campus in northern Germany (Paderborn), where she and Carl taught. They also taught in and supervised Apostolic Ministerial Training Center campuses across Germany. Bethany serves as Prayer Coordinator for the German-speaking nations and is the Sunday School secretary. They were appointed intermediate missionaries in May 2019.
Steven and Jean Tir
Steven Tir, a Slovak born in Croatia, emigrated at age 12 with his family to Canada. After graduating from Apostolic Bible Institute, he worked and studied business in Ontario before serving in Slovakia under the Associates in Missions program from 1992 to 2000. Steven met Jean, a graduate of Gateway College, while they were both AIM workers in Kosice, Slovakia.
The Tir’s received their appointment as UPCI missionaries to Slovakia in September, 2000. After establishing opportunities for ministry with Slovak churches in Serbia, the Tir’s were appointed in 2007 to represent the nation of Serbia, also. As the superintendent of the UPC works in Slovakia and Serbia, Steven oversees established churches, outreach points, and Bible schools. Jean is actively involved in women’s ministry in both nations. In January, 2014, the Tir’s were pleased to launch a new evangelistic ministry: an internet radio station in Serbia, which will reach out to Serbian and Slovak-speaking people around the world.
Robert and Sheri Moses
Robert and Sheri Moses were born and reared in Illinois. He came into the church at the age of 14 under Jack Jenkins’s ministry in Toledo, Illinois. She, a third-generation Pentecostal, grew up in the small town of McClure and came to the Lord at the age of seven. They have been married for 25 years. During that time, they were involved in the ministry of Calvary Tabernacle, Toledo. In 1995, they began a home missions church in Marshall, Illinois. In 2000, God called them to go as AIM workers to Russia where they began working under the direction of William Turner in Moscow in summer 2001. After answering the call of God to Russia, God blessed their home with an adorable baby boy, Robert “Anthony,” on January 12, 2001. In the 2002 General Conference in Phoenix, Arizona, they were appointed as intermediate missionaries to Russia and have since become career missionaries. They have worked primarily in the city of Moscow to establish a strong church in a city of close to thirty million people. They have worked as pastor, Bible school teacher and as Revival By Design area coordinator.