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AIM Missionaries


The Association of Independent Methodists offers a number of ministries and services designed to help local congregations have high impact ministries in their communities and around the world. Some of these ministries include

  • assistance with pastoral search,
  • training and consulting on church growth and development,
  • church planting and extension,
  • Christian education development in the local church,
  • resource libraries for pastors and church leaders,
  • referral services for local congregations and local church leadership, and
  • world mission outreach through strategic partnerships with mission outreach organizations.

Our Missionaries:

Pastor Stephen “Preachee” Burkhart 

Work Loving God, Inc.

Click Here to Watch Rev. Burkhart.

Pastor Stephen Burkhart usually goes by “Preachee” (a tag from a street kid 22 years ago).
Preachee was raised on a farm in West Virginia, worked his way through college as an
explosives technician, and worked as a turnaround manager and Chemical Engineer for over 20
years before entering ministry as a Pastor / Construction Missionary in his mid 40’s. In 2020 the
Lord allowed Preachee to transfer as an Ordained Elder in the UMC  to AIM (The Association of
Independent Methodists); and start “Work Loving God, Inc.”, a “Word, Deed, and Sign”
Construction Mission, Preaching, Teaching ministry.  WLG, Inc. has no paid staff or paid board
members with donations flowing to missions. Since 2020, the Lord has allowed WLG to
complete projects of over $200,000; assisting dozens of families across 6 counties in
Tennessee and in Western Kentucky Tornado recovery and Eastern Kentucky Flood Rebuild;
and preach revivals and gatherings from Pennsylvania to Mississippi. At 68, Preachee
prayerfully claims a Caleb strength and “seeing the possibilities in spite of circumstances” and
loves “next”! Preachee is in the 46th year of marriage dating his best friend Debbie and has two
children; daughter Pastor Dr. Kristen Burkhart, and Master Craftsman Carpenter and Mountain
Rescue Climber Kevin Burkhart, and two beautiful grandchildren.

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Holly’s story:

“Although I grew up in East Africa as the daughter of WGM missionaries, I never imagined that I would one day be called to be a missionary myself. When I first received my call while I was a college senior, I knew that God had begun a new thing and that I wouldn’t be going back to Africa as a missionary. But I still wasn’t sure where I would end up.

“It wasn’t until I was a seminary student that God began to put the Japanese people on my heart. Several of the other students taking classes, including two of the other women in the dormitory, were Japanese. It was through hearing the burden these two shared for their own people that God began to tug at my heart as well.

“For two years, I served as a missionary disciple in Japan, teaching English; working with children, youth, and college-age students; and learning Japanese. Now, as a career missionary with WGM, I am involved in church ministries, teaching Fun Fun English to children, and sharing the life-giving message of the gospel with Japanese young people.”

Click here to visit Holly’s WGM page.



Brandon, Heather, and their three children live in Xilitla, San Luis Potosi, Mexico, where they’ve established and grown Hope International Ministries. Through Hope, they’ve helped plant and oversee around 40 churches and an additional 10 missions that are spread throughout three states: San Luis Potosí, Hidalgo , and Queretero. Most of these are house churches, but several have grown so much that they need their own buildings.

Brandon and Heather support 6 national pastors monthly, discipling them and guiding them in leading their own discipleship groups. They also minister through La Hora de Esperanza (Hour of Hope), a radio program  that airs every Saturday. On top of all this, they actively minister through food distribution, Bible distribution, and blanket distribution, and their daughter, Cristina, leads a children’s ministry based out of their local church in Xilitla.

In the future, they plan to move both their home and their base of ministry to Hope Ranch, a 17-acre ranch they own in Xilitla. In the meantime, they have already begun raising 10,000 coffee trees on Hope Ranch and plan to begin harvesting, roasting, and selling their own coffee this coming January to support their ministry.

Exciting things are happening in Mexico, and the Lord of the Harvest is using the Watson family in powerful ways to establish the Kingdom of Christ. Please consider joining them in this great work through prayer and by giving.

Learn more about Hope International Ministries here: https://www.hopeministriesintl.com

View a recap of the 2024 Kids Ministry Hope Boxes here.



John and Beth are long-time missionaries through World Gospel Mission (WGM)— first to Kenya and then to Uganda. John has recently been named the WGM Vice President for Global Strategy and Training, and Beth has recently been named the WGM Director of Human Resources. He has years of experience training pastors, teaching church planters, and working with church leaders to develop stronger leadership teams, and she is a nurse with a passion for discipleship training and loads of experience working with the wives of church leaders and young professional women. They have two adult daughters, Holly (above) and Faith.

Please consider supporting the Muehleisens in prayer and by giving.



Daniel and Brandi have lived in Chiquimula, Guatemala, for eight years, serving the Chorti Indians with their three children— Levi, Mary Kathleen, and Uriah.

They founded and operate Eyes Wide Open Ministries, through which they seek to join the Lord in the many things they see Him doing.

Their desire is to work with local pastors to help them minister to their communities, and the centerpiece of their work is built upon opening their home to pastors, leaders (men and women), and youth from all over Guatemala.  These guests stay for three-day periods, during which they receive Biblical leadership training by working together with trained pastors from both the United States and Guatemala who lead classes and provide material so that they will be equipped to then train others in their congregations back home.

Additionally, Daniel and Brandi minister in five public schools, teaching and playing with 1st to 9th graders, using Bible stories to share the love of God and develop moral values. They regularly visit the Chiquimula national hospital to pray for admitted infants and children, also giving toys, clothes, toiletries, and Biblical literature to the children and their parents.

They periodically host mission teams from the U.S., which accompany them into the mountain villages to visit families in their homes, distribute food and clothing, and pray with them. These teams visit the hospital and schools, and the children love to interact with these groups. When possible, mission teams are also able to help with construction projects, including working on the Eyes Wide Open mission center being built in El Morral.

To keep up with how the Lord is using the McIntyres in amazing ways, like and follow their Eyes Wide Open Ministries page on Facebook!



Jeff and Terri have served as missionaries to Ecuador for over 24 years. For 14 years they were based in the capital city of Quito. They are presently serving with The Zindendorf Mission (ZMission) in the Loja province, which is known as the “Forgotten Province” of Ecuador, because less than 2% of the people know Jesus as their Savior. They are working alongside Ecuadorian church leaders in the Loja area, helping them to reach out to those who need to experience the transforming power of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Some of the strategies they are implementing to make disciples in Ecuador include: involvement in the local church – leading worship, preaching and teaching; one-on-one and small group discipleship; Living Free groups to help people overcome life-controlling issues; and health coaching.

Contact Information:   jrains@zmission.org


Hope House is a vibrant and active ministry to the children and youth of the Pascagoula and surrounding areas of Jackson County. We are a unique ministry and work to show the love of Jesus Christ to the hurting, needy and hopeless children in our community. Under the leadership of Gary & Teresa Pierce, Hope House operates solely as an independent, ministry with over 30 years of experience in Children and Bus Ministry. We operate with the help and assistance provided by concerned churches, businesses, and individuals through gifts of offerings, time, and most importantly, prayer.

Today, in this ever growing field of ministry, new and demanding needs and requirements arise on a daily basis. The current and most demanding needs are of monthly budget support and a larger facility. God has been so very faithful to show his favor to this ministry. We are grateful for the opportunity to serve our Lord and Savior in this ministry. It is truly an honor!

Hope House Ministry
2807 Chicot Street
Pascagoula MS 30581



John David and Rachel Scott lead Hope For Zimbabwe, the national engagement office for USA and pan-Wesleyan churches on behalf of ONE CHILD’s work in Zimbabwe.

John David, as executive director, organizes ONE CHILD sponsorship events, missions weekends, trips, and projects for USA churches. He is an AIM ordained minister who answered the call to ministry through his home AIM church and youth camps in the 1990s. Rachel serves as the office administrator in St. Augustine, Florida.

Married in 2004, they have two daughters, Anikah and Trinity. The Scott’s love to connect with churches of all sizes to affirm local mission and mobilize gospel efforts to the nations. Contact the Scotts through their website or the AIM directory.

Visit the Hope for Zimbabwe website






Jarek and Kasia Bator

Jarek and Kasia lead Lviv Methodist Mission. Both Jarek and Kasia hold credentials with AIM and are Polish nationals living in Poland. Jarek routinely leads humanitarian relief efforts into Ukraine. He extends aid to the elderly and orphans by distributing care packages. On special occasions like Christmas, he also distributes gifts to the elderly and children.

Lviv Methodist Mission not only provides humanitarian aid in Ukraine but serves Ukrainian refugees who have fled to Poland. To these refugees, they provide essential resources such as food and generators. To those who don’t have the Scriptures, Jarek also provides Bibles along with evangelistic literature written in Ukrainian.

To support Lviv Methodist Mission, please send your financial contributions through the AIM Office. You may either mail a check to the AIM Office, designating those funds for Lviv Methodist Mission, or you may give designated funds online through the AIM website. If you have any questions, please let us know.


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