Missionary of the Week ____________________________________________________________
Stephen and Marcy Bender have been ministering in Scotland since 1998. They are working
to see an independent Baptist church established in the Scottish
Borders. Stephen was born outside Newcastle, England, and grew up
in Scotland. His parents were also
involved with GFA in church-planting work there. In 1978 the family
returned to the States for
Marcy was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, but lived most of
her childhood in Virginia where her father was a pastor.
Steve and Marcy met in Alabama where both fathers were then pastoring churches. Steve and Marcy were married in
1991. They now have three children: Kenneth,
Ian, and Anne.
After teaching history and English in Christian high
schools for several years, Stephen felt the Lord calling him into the ministry.
Stephen and Marcy joined with GFA in 1996 and arrived in Eyemouth,
Scotland in 1998 to work
with the same church established under his parents' ministry years before. In
the intervening years, the small church had suffered a split and was in danger
of closing. As it was the only established fundamentalist church in that part
of the Border region, they have a strong desire to see the work there
strengthened and developed.
In addition to a full schedule of weekly services, their ministry
includes visitation, after-school children's Bible clubs, services in
the local senior care home, ladies' and men's fellowship meetings, youth
activities, involvement with the religious assembly programs in several
local state schools, newspaper articles, and even the occasional radio