Fourteenth Edition - September 2008
The Bridge
Finishers Project

3303 S Lindsay Rd
Suite 108
Gilbert, AZ 85297
Ph. 480.854.4444
Contact Our Staff:

Don Parrott, President/CEO

Nelson Malwitz,                             Chief Innovation Officer

Paul Erdmann,                    
Chief Operating Officer

Tom Adelsman,                  Director of Church Partnership Network

Paulette Fitch,
Executive Assistant
Agency/Profile Relations

Larry Rus,
Agency Relations Director

Renee Ladd,
Assistant to the President

Colleen Erdmann, Bookkeeper
William & Amy Stearns,                          Training Associates
Director of Coaching Network

Bill Poff,
Web site development

Meet the Staff

AZ Staff

Here is the Finishers Staff based in Gilbert, AZ. 

L to R : Tom Adelsman, Colleen Erdmann, Paul Erdmann, Renee Ladd, and Don Parrott
Thanks to our Sponsor for this Fourteenth Edition of The Bridge!


PIONEERS mobilizes teams to glorify God among unreached peoples by initiating church-planting movements in partnership with local churches.  God has truly blessed PIONEERS since its founding nearly 30 years ago.  Today, we have more than 1,700 international members serving on 178 teams in 80 countries among 130 unreached people groups.  Pioneer partners with more than 2,000 churches to send these missionaries to least-reached peoples.
Coming Events
Click on these links to find more information about each event.
Missions Fest
Seattle , WA
October 3-4, 2008
Pasadena, CA
October 17-19, 2008
Dallas, TX
November 7-8, 2008
Atlanta, GA
November 14-16, 2008
Portland, OR
January 16-17, 2009
Quick Links

The Bridge serves to keep you connected with the amazing ministry and impact of Finishers Project.  We welcome your feedback, so please call or write. 

Story '08 in Orlando
Workers for the harvest was God's idea and it's the core motivation behind Finishers Project. We exist to help people connect with opportunities to expand the kingdom of God worldwide and we enthusiastically support similar initiatives. 
Every mission sending agency needs to recruit workers for the portion of the harvest vision God has given them. As they see opportunities for ministry they are compelled to seek people to fill those needs. Agencies also see the bigger picture and know that God is preparing workers for his harvest who may serve with other sending agencies. We applaud that perspective and want to mention one such initiative, Story '08.
The wonderful approach of Story '08 is, although it is sponsored by Pioneers, it is not a sales pitch for Pioneers. It is a conference designed to help people discover where their gifts and passions fit in with the completion of the Great Commission. The motivation of Story '08 is to give a first-hand glimpse of global needs in order to connect with the least-reached people on the planet. Attendees will be given practical tools for taking the next step, whatever or wherever that might lead.
Check it out at Perhaps this is God's next step for you on your path to finishing well for his glory!

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George Verwer to Keynote the Dallas Forum
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We are very excited and pleased to announce that George Verwer, Founder of Operation Mobilization, will be speaking at the Finishers Forum to be held in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, November 7-8. Verwer brings a passion to see people all over the world come to faith and grow into vital, world-changing relationship with Christ.
George will bring a clear message of God's heart for the world and how people from all walks of life and all ages, can be used by God to make a significant impact for his kingdom. Since coming to faith as a young man his constant prayer has been:  "Only one thing I want in life: I want to learn to pray, to love you, I want to know you and commune with you."
George and his wife, Drena, make their home in England, they have three children and five grandchildren. Today OM reaches across the world through two ships and over 4,000 people working in over 80 nations to make Christ known in the lives of all they meet. For many years George served as the International Director of OM and has now raised up dedicated leadership to pursue this task across the world, freeing him to travel and speak, helping Christ-followers around the world find their role in extending the kingdom of God.

Is Overseas Ministry Really for Me?
If this question has crossed your mind you could greatly benefit from The Journey Deepens, a retreat-type weekend designed to help you answer that question. The format is informal, allowing for time to interact with experienced cross-cultural workers who are there to listen to your questions and provide helpful input.
The core of the retreat and the key distinctive is the discussion groups with six inquirers and two missions coaches which meet four times throughout the weekend. These groups are arranged by ages in order to meet others on similar journeys and discuss your particular issues.
Attendance is about 50 people; at this retreat you will not be overwhelmed with overchoice! Some of the subjects that will be covered in the general sessions and discussion groups:
  • I feel a pull from God to the nations. What should I do next?
  • Which of my gifts and interests could I use in another culture?
  • How can I deal with school loans?
  • What's involved in raising prayer and financial support?
  • How do I discuss missions with my family and my church?
  • If God leads me to stay and send others, what would that involve?
To learn more and to register for an upcoming retreat please go to:   The Journey Deepens retreats, developed and led for several years by John McVay, are now a ministry of Finishers.
Article table The keynote speaker for this retreat is Steve Hoke, VP of Training for Church Resource Ministries. In this role, Steve helps mobilize, train, and encourage international teams for ministry around the world as well as ministering in churches to advise and encourage them in their mission ministry and mentor missions pastors. His passion is to help raise up the next generation of mission leaders from churches across North America and the world, and to see that they are effective in their roles as intercultural servant-leaders.
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  Don Parrott  
  CEO,The Finishers Project