SBU mission teams commissioned at Dec. 1 Chapel service

BOLIVAR, Mo. – Southwest Baptist University’s Center for Global Connections formally commissioned 11 mission teams during Chapel service on Wednesday, Dec. 1, in Pike Auditorium on the Bolivar campus. 

Students pray for each other“The goal of the SBU Center for Global Connections is to mobilize the next generation of missionaries,” said Kelly Rehm, assistant director of the CGC. “The Commissioning Chapel service is a special time for the University each semester. The love and unity among students is evident as they embrace and pray for one another. I’m confident that each student missionary leaves Chapel feeling sent out, loved and supported by the SBU family. I’m proud they will travel to share the name of Jesus.”

The following teams, including 91 participants, formally commissioned included (team/leader): 

Yearlong teams (Fall and Spring)

  • Polk County – Briahna Snyder
  • House of Hope – Taylor McKowen and Haley Jones
  • Leviticus 19:32 – Amelia Masters
  • Disaster Relief – Natalie Shouse
  • Exodus – Deanna Robertson and Ariel Walter
  • Wild at Heart – Kelly Rehm and Kevin Bailey
  • SBU Glocal – Ashlyn Massey

Winter teams

  • Passion (Atlanta) – Michael and Natasha Deschenes
  • Montana – Matthew Baldinger
  • New York City – Tyler Eads and Christina Ruiz
  • Houston – Benjamin Baker and Cameron Ream

SBU alumni Zack Atchley and Nate Jones continued their tradition of closing each semester with musical praise and worship.

The CGC has mission projects planned for spring break 2022 including: Convoy of Hope, Utah and South Dakota. Summer 2022 projects include Baptist Hill, Pyrenees, Uganda, Kenya, Zimbabwe and LifeChange Camp. 

To learn more about the Center for Global Connections, please contact the CGC office at (417) 328-1900. 


PHOTO: SBU students, staff and faculty pray over teams going on mission at the Dec. 1 Chapel service.

*Published: 12-1-2021