Todd & Jana Patterson
We are missionaries to Slovakia with ReachGlobal. Todd first arrived in Jana’s home country in February of 1992 and ever since our lives have been focused on serving the church here. We have been involved in a variety of ministries including youth work, women’s ministry, leadership training, church planting, evangelism, and theological education. We work with Jana’s home church, the Cirkev Bratská (member of the IFFEC).
Our ministry focus is theological education and evangelism. We believe one of the important challenges facing the church in Europe today is solid evangelical theology for every person. After all, doing theology is not merely an academic pursuit, it is a foundational part of wisdom based living—the process of living out God’s word in everyday life. Also, since Europe as a whole is only 2% evangelical and Slovakia merely 0.2%, the need for a creative and active witness is great. Europe is known as a hard place to be a missionary but most missionaries there will tell you that Europeans are receptive to the gospel when shared in the context of a caring relationship.
Our Ministry in Slovakia
We live in Banská Bystrica where Todd teaches at the Department of Evangelical Theology and Mission (DETM). Todd loves preaching and teaching in local churches or at conferences for pastors and lay people. He completed his PhD in Old Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School where he did research on the plot of Genesis. Recently, Todd was Research Fellow on The Creation Project with the Henry Center for Theological Understanding.
Jana is involved with Narnia Elementary School which is an outreach of our local church. Along with teaching first grade English and Music she directs six English language musicals for first through seventh graders each school year. We’ve found this to be a good way to build relationships with people in the community, especially since our children attend Narnia as well. Narnia’s musicals and English program consistently wins awards at local and national levels.
Explore an interactive map of our lives and ministry in Slovakia.