Missionary of the Week ____________________________________________________________
Doug and Barbara Threlfall have been ministering to Koreans since
1980. Doug was reared in a pastor's home and Barbara on the mission field,
first in Japan
and then Korea
where her parents served with GFA. Like both sets of parents before them, Doug
and Barbara also met at Bob Jones
University. They graduated and were
married in 1977. Called to missions but uncertain of the specific field to
which the Lord was directing them, they served as short-term missionaries with
Barbara's parents in South Korea, where Doug taught for one year at Bob Jones
Memorial Institute (BJMI). Naomi, their the oldest of their
five children, was one month old when they traveled to Seoul
in late August, 1980. During their year in Korea,
the Lord made it clear that He wanted them to serve full-time there.
and Barbara returned to the States for deputation and were back in Korea
in time for the 1982 fall semester at BJMI. For the next four years Doug taught
at BJMI, training future Christian workers, especially men training for the
ministry. Many of these men were ordained and have planted churches throughout Korea.
In 1983, Seoul Bible
Church was planted; it reaches both
English and non-English speaking Koreans, U.S.
military personnel, the foreign business community, and American and Canadian
English teachers in the Seoul area.
During the Threlfalls' four-year term, the Lord also added three sons to their
quiver: Daniel, Jonathan, and Andrew.
Through God-orchestrated circumstances, the Threlfalls were
denied entry visas back into South Korea.
The Lord led them to partner with another fundamental missionary couple in
planting a Korean immigrant church in Vancouver,
British Columbia, Canada,
an area that has thousands of immigrants from several Far East
countries. Within four years (1988-1992) the Lord brought together an assembly
of believers under the leadership of a Korean pastor. Their fifth and last
child, Joshua, was born during this term in Vancouver.
1993 the Lord led them to seek entrance into South
Korea once again, and this time they were
granted missionary entrance visas. They returned to Korea
in 1994 and have been ministering there to the present. Doug continues to teach
at BJMI and also, with his brother-in-law, Ken Johnson, co-pastoring Seoul
In 1998, Ken and his wife Rhonda began Seoul Christian School (SCS). The church
now enjoys the added ministry of SCS teachers as they exercise their God-given
gifts. The Threlfalls praise the Lord for His faithfulness in guiding them, for
the opportunity to be used as a vessel in His hand, and the privilege be a part