Our Missionaries


    Amazima Ministries

    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.


    Children's Home Chain

    Mike Hartle is the founder and director of the Children’s Home Chain. The long-term vision of Mike's ministry is to care for orphans in East Africa with a series of children’s homes stretching throughout Uganda up to South Sudan. Raising Up Hope for Uganda (RUHU) is the first link of this chain and there is now another link, God’s Tender Mercy, a new children’s home for orphan refugees near the South Sudan border which already has 37 kids.


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    Mercy Ships

    Mercy Ships is a Christian organization providing free life-changing surgeries and medical care for people who would otherwise go without care. They operate the world’s largest civilian hospital ship providing state-of-the-art care to those in desperate need, setting up in ports around the continent of Africa. 

    Jeremy and Catrice met while both serving aboard the Africa Mercy hospital ship. Catrice is a nurse, caring for patients before and after surgeries to remove tumors and repair cleft lips, palates, and other deformities. Jeremy currently serves as a partner liaison for the ship, developing and maintaining relationships with host country partners.

    Read Catrice's Most Recent Newsletter



    Cru IUP

    Cru's desire is to see that everyone knows someone who truly follows Jesus. They seek this goal by sharing the Gospel, building up believers in their faith, and sending them out to be missionaries wherever they go.

    Mike coaches spiritual multipliers on several campuses in the Charlotte metro area--students who are actively sharing the gospel with those in their sphere of influence and discipling other Christians to help them grow in their faith, preparing them to do the same with others. He also oversees the training and development of new staff reporting to their campus assignments in the gulf states. 

    Read Mike's Most Recent Newsletter


    Life Choices is a ministry committed to upholding the sanctity of human life by assisting and educating individuals facing unplanned pregnancies. Life Choices has been called to be a culture-changer for the community and since 1984, they’ve been dedicated to meeting the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of young men, women and families facing unplanned pregnancies, offering life-affirming options to those in this difficult situation.

    Life Choices Website


    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


    Wycliffe Associates

    Wycliffe Associates is dedicated to fulfilling the Great Commission by translating every verse of God’s Word into every tongue to change every heart in the world.

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

    Read Misha's Most Recent Newsletter


    Raising Up Hope for Uganda

    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.

    Patrick is the founder, director, and visionary of RUHU. His 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. 

  • N & T

    N & T are serving in a sensitive location in South Asia. Please pray for them and their 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 andM are serving in Southeast Asia. Please pray for them and their work.

Request for Funds

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

Missions Planning Team

Alan McGaughran

Alan works as a Family Physician. He and his wife, Joy, lead a Fellowship Group and serve on the Missions Planning Team. Alan heads up the churches’ Prayer Ministry and is also an Usher. He is currently a member of the Advisory Board as well. Alan and Joy have 3 children. 

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.

Joy McGaughran

Joy is a homemaker/”retired” homeschooler. She and her husband Alan serve as Fellowship Group Leaders, on the Prayer Team and the Missions Planning Team. They have 3 adult sons and have recently had 2 wonderful daughters-in-law added to their family!

Mark Failor

Deacon of Missions

Mark is a Residential Mortgage Underwriter at S&T Bank. In addition to being the Deacon of Missions, Mark is a member of the Financial Team and a Sunday morning offering counter. Mark and his wife, Sara, have 2 daughters. 

Misha Sandeen

missions secretary

Michelle Sandeen (Misha) is a missionary working as a Bible translation advisor with Wycliffe Bible Translators. She is currently working for two language groups in Tanzania where she previously lived for 8 years. Misha serves in the Children’s Ministry, on the Mission Planning Team and she helps organize the Dig-In Dinners in the summers. She and her husband, Andrew, have two biological children and are foster parents to a third child.

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. 

Sara Failor

Sara began attending the church as an IUP college student in 1998. After graduating in December of 1999, she and her husband, Mark, spent more than a decade moving around quite a bit before returning to Indiana in 2011. In addition to the Missions Planning Team, Sara is the church's Administrative Assistant.  She and Mark have 2 AMAZING daughters. 

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.

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.