Presbyterian Frontier Fellowship
Presbyterian Frontier Fellowship seeks to mobilize congregations to participate with God in bringing the Good News of the Kingdom into cultures where the church has yet to take root. Their vision is “for every people: an indigenous church; and for every church: a mission vision.” A validated mission partner of the PC(USA), Presbyterian Frontier Fellowship seeks to help indigenous Christian leaders spread the Gospel in Ethiopia, Central Asia, Siberia, the Middle East, India, China, Kenya, and Sudan. We support the work of PCUSA missionary Donald Marsden through this ministry (PFF).
Al and Ellen Smith
The Smiths accepted their assignment to serve as PC(USA) mission co-workers based in Moscow in 2001, to serve as coordinators of the PC(USA) congregational twinning program in Russia and Belarus. Ellen also works with the Russian and Belarusian Round Tables, church structures dedicated to diaconal ministries, with special focus on the battle against alcohol and drug addiction and the spread of HIV/AIDS. Al is deeply involved in outreach to the Roma (gypsy) people of Russia and Eastern Europe, who experience widespread discrimination.
The church twinning program Ellen facilitates pairs US Presbyterian congregations with Russian congregations. As there is not a Presbyterian tradition in Russia, partner churches there may be Baptist, Russian Orthodox, or Lutheran.
Ellen has visited FPC numerous times and participated in our global mission conferences in 2004 and 2011. Al is a former attorney and Ellen a former English teacher. They first became interested in Russian missions when Ellen traveled on a short term mission trip to Russia to visit the church partner of their congregation, MacPherson PC in Fayetteville, NC.