Andy Raatz - Director
Christ has called us to reach the inconveniently lost and go to inhospitable destinations and unwelcoming populations. Missions is not simply sharing Christ with a neighbor or coworker. That is evangelism, a daily witness of our faith, and a responsibility of each believer. INSTEAD, missions is purposely crossing the chasms of geography, culture, and language to share Christ with those who have never heard.
Andy and Nancy launched in missions in 2002. After pastoring for 12 years, they clearly sensed God’s direction to serve in missions. They moved from Big Sky Montana to rustic Moldova where they focused on church planting, served as country leaders, and established Freedom home, a long term aftercare home for survivors of trafficking. Those years were both exciting and challenging.
When asked to take on the role of Area Director for Russia/Belarus, they moved their family to St. Petersburg, Russia. They have served Russia for the past four years.
Andy and Nancy have 3 wonderful daughters who love serving with their parents in missions—Elissa, Natalie and Lauren. The oldest, Elissa, is now in her third year at Evangel University. Natalie and Lauren are now proud to be called Bulldogs at Springfield Central High School.
Andy loves to read, hunt, and be in the outdoors. And though he loves travel, photography, and seeing new places, his favorite place to vacation is with his family in a quiet cabin on a lake. Andy has a BA from North Central University and an MA from Assemblies of God Theological Seminary.
Nancy loves to cook, walk her dog, and is proud of her Finnish heritage. She has her BA from the University of Minnesota and a MA from the University of Valley Forge, was recently ordained, and is passionate about ministry to and with women.
The Director of Communications provides oversight of video, media production and printed materials.
MISSIONS WORLD VIDEOS
Short presentations produced monthly for three audiences:
go 360 – children
Worldbeat – youth
Newsbreak – Sunday congregation
The Creative Services area provides design and pre-production of World Missions theme materials and publications, photography, and media archival. The department also provides editorial support, design and oversight to the AGWM website.
PRODUCTION, BUDGET & SALES