Victor and Patricia Perez
Victor and Patricia Perez are the founders of the Ekklesia Cristiana Internacional, a bilingual Baptist congregation in Knoxville. Victor and Patricia are graduates of the Baptist University of the Americas in San Antonio, Texas. Pastor Victor Perez was ordained to the ministry by the First Baptist Church in Castroville, Texas, in March 2002. After graduating from BUA in 2006, the Perez family relocated to Knoxville and began a partnership with First Baptist Knoxville to launch a new congregation to reach the growing Hispanic community in the Knoxville metro area. The congregation now meets in Fountain City. Victor serves as the pastor of the Ekklesia Cristiana Internacional and is leading them to continue to grow the impact of this young congregation across the metro area.
Marc and Kim Wyatt
Marc and Kim Wyatt have been Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Global Missions Field Personnel since 1996, serving in Thailand and Canada. The Wyatts have been married for 30 years and have two children, Rebecca, (Master of Social Work, University of Pennsylvania) and Jon Marc, (Global Studies, Gardner Webb University).
Marc and Kim originally arrived in Canada to assist with the start-up of Matthew House a new Refugee Resettlement Ministry in Canada’s largest city, Toronto. This later led to engaging the start-ups of eight Matthew Houses and other newcomer ministries across Ontario and Quebec.
In July 2014, Global Missions relocated the Wyatts to the Research Triangle, an eight-county region with a population of approximately 2 million surrounding North Carolina’s capital city, Raleigh. The Wyatts resource and mobilize churches as they discover their international neighbors and share the Gospel in culturally appropriate ways. In this ever-changing day of global migration, the new ‘foreign mission field’ just might be your own hometown. From their ‘Jerusalem’ to the ‘uttermost parts of the world’ and back, the Wyatts have circled the globe as CBF Field Personnel to now be on mission in their own home state.
The Wyatts seek to empower the Kingdom efforts of churches, mission organizations and individuals reaching out to refugees, immigrants (documented and otherwise), international students, visiting scholars and their families, and those unfortunately caught in modern day slavery – the trafficked.
Their heart’s desire is for the nations whom God has brought from the ends of the earth to our hometowns to be welcomed by his church and discover the gift of salvation through Jesus Christ.
Angalla in Uganda