Our Missionaries

  • Andrew Sandeen

    International Association for Refugees

    Andrew and his family are in Fort Morgan, Colorado, where he is serving with International Association for Refugees. Fort Morgan is a small town with several large agricultural businesses which employ a large number of refugees and other immigrants from a wide variety of countries. Andrew is building community relationships, serving as a liaison with local ag businesses, spending office hours responding to requests for assistance with various life and immigration issues, teaching ESL lessons one on one, and will eventually serve as a housing program manager for a housing initiative designed to help refugees work towards home ownership or college education.

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    Claire Amico attended SGC for several years while she was attending IUP. In 2017, God called Claire to Uganda to serve with The Amazima School in Jinja. The mission of The Amazima School is to provide quality, Christian education for Ugandan youth. Claire serves with Amazima by teaching the children of the western staff who serve with Amazima Ministries in varying capacities. Claire is also the liaison between Amazima and one of their partnering organizations, Good Shepherd’s Fold, as the two organizations work towards partnering in the education of expat children in and around Jinja. Please pray for Claire as she serves the Lord through teaching.

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    Pregnancy Resource Center

    Life-Way Pregnancy Center has helped thousands of young women, young men and children since 1989. Their vision is to reach all who need help with pregnancy, adoption or parenting. Young women are learning about healthy pregnancies, preparing for delivery and how to be a good mom. Young men are becoming confident dad who will provide for their child. Families are being taught how to build strong, stable and safe homes.

    Life-Way Website



    tyndale bible translators

    Tyndale Bible Translators believes that the Bible itself, when translated well, is the most effective missionary for long-term cultural change.

    Misha serves as a translation advisor for two Bible translation teams in Tanzania, East Africa.

    Read Misha's Most Recent Newsletter

  • Rachel Hess

    CRU in the susquehanna valley

    Cru (Campus Crusade for Christ) campus’ vision is for every student, staff, and faculty member to know someone who truly follows Jesus Christ. 

    Through Cru, God has given Rachel many opportunities to invite students to know the Lord, grow in their faith, and go after they graduate to continue to know the Lord and make Him known. She is currently serving on several campuses in the Susquehanna Valley region (Bloomsburg, Lock Haven, Misericordia, Lycoming, and Pennsylvania College of Technology) and trusting the Lord to reach even more.

    Read Rachel's Newsletters

  • Wendy Chamberlin


    Wendy Chamberlin is working on a medical team with Frontiers serving unreached people groups in Sierra Leone. Her job is to become fluent in Krio, learn the culture so she can love on the locals & share the love of Jesus with them, serve as a nurse in local clinics and help set up a hospice program in remote clinics. 

    Wendy's Mailing List, Contact Info. and Financial Support

  • William Bukenya


    Raising Up Hope for Uganda (RUHU) seeks to provide help and education for orphans while helping their families overcome poverty through initiating sustainable income generating projects. Their primary focus is to help children who have no hope and who receive no food, clothes, or love.



    Aleka is serving in Southern Europe. Please pray for her and her work. 

  • R & M

    R and M are serving in a sensitive location in Central Asia. Please pray for them and their work.

  • C & M

    C and M are serving in Southeast Asia. Please pray for them and their work.

Are you going on a Short-Term Missions trip and looking for support? The Missions Planning Team offers financial support to all Members and Regular Attenders of Saving Grace Church. If you would like to apply, click on the link below, print this application and return it to the church office for approval. We would also love to pray for you before you go and hear about your trip at our next Missions Night!

Short Term Missionary Request for Funds

Downloadable Application

Missions Planning Team

joe Ryer

Joe started attending Saving Grace Church as an IUP college student in 1997. He graduated in 1998 with a degree in Sociology. Joe and his wife, Mary, met at IUP and have three children. They both love cheering on their kids at their local sporting events throughout the year rain, snow, or shine. Joe joined the pastoral team in 2005 and has worn a number of ministry hats over the years. Currently he preaches, leads various ministry teams and disciples church leaders and members. Joe is also currently pursuing a Masters of Theological Study in Preaching and Pastoral ministry at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. In his spare time he enjoys running, biking, swimming, drinking coffee and hanging out with his family.

Jen Shoenfelt

Fred Dalton

Fred is an Imaging Services Engineer. He is involved in the Missions Team and is also a part of a fellowship group at Saving Grace. He and his wife, Shirley, have three adult children and one grandchild.

Nathan Williams

Nate is self-employed. In addition to the Missions Planning Team, Nate leads Missions Trips to Uganda twice a year to do construction and outreach at Raising Up Hope for Uganda (RUHU). Nate and his wife, Audra, have 3 children. 

Randi Eckenrode

Randi is a Clinical Dietician Nutritionist. She started attending Saving Grace Church in 2008. Randi is a part of the Missions Planning Team. She says, "I love being a part of the Missions Team and helping Saving Grace Church to reach the world for Christ!" Randi and her husband, Chris, have three children. 

Shirley Dalton

Shirley is a Registered Nurse at UPMC on a Rehab Unit. She is currently involved with the Missions Team. She and her husband, Fred, have three grown children and a sweet granddaughter named Finley.

albert hines

Albert is an Engineer. At Saving Grace, he is a 3rd grade teacher in the Kids' Cove, a member of the Worship Team and he also is currently serving as a member of the Advisory Board. Albert was saved in college at the University of Tennessee in 1980. He and his wife, Leslie, started attending the church in 2010. They have 4 daughters.