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David and Mary Beth Alenskis

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David and Mary Beth Alenskis

Serving In: Belize
Ministry: Church and Music Ministries

SAMS Role: Missionaries – Educational Ministry Assignment

Home Church: Diocese of Western Anglicans

Starting Year with SAMS: 2007

Calling to Ministry: David first sensed in his teenage years that the Lord was calling him to pastoral ministry, but without a clear direction with regards to where or how. So, before beginning his theological studies, he took a year to volunteer at a Christian orphanage on the northern coast of Peru, an experience that gave him a lasting passion for cross-cultural ministry. Afterwards he then linked up with SAMS to explore new ways of returning to the mission field following his ordination to the priesthood. He went as a full-time missionary first to Argentina and then to Belize where he has served as pastor of two rural churches and three primary schools.

Mary Beth on the other hand had never expected to be an overseas missionary, but as she and David began dating and then looked toward marriage, she was confident that the Lord would guide her toward the kind of ministry right for her. Since joining David in Belize in 2016, she has been amazed to witness all the ways that God has used her gifts to reach others through music, outreach and youth ministries.

After sensing a new call to assist the global Anglican church with theological education and ministry development, in the Fall of 2020 David began a doctoral program in theology through Wycliffe College, University of Toronto. The whole family is actively discerning where and how the Lord will be calling them next.

Mission and Vision for Ministry:
Mission: To be and to equip faithful ministers of Jesus Christ by making disciples who will likewise make new disciples, and by forming leaders who will also form new leaders.

Vision: To see ministry of the Gospel strengthened and amplified in the global Anglican church through the education and training of lay and ordained leaders who will devote themselves fully to the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ.

Personal Points of Interest: David and Mary Beth both enjoy hiking, music, reading and preparing gluten-free cuisine, although their children now take up so much more of their time than they could have imagined just a few short years ago. Mary Beth graduated summa cum laude from CSU Fullerton with a degree in Keyboard Performance and is particularly passionate about classical music. In addition to his postgraduate work in theology, David’s undergraduate studies at Cedarville University led to degrees both in Mechanical Engineering and Philosophy—and he has been catching up on sleep ever since.

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