Our Staff is dedicated to the work of the Lord and the investment of making disciples.

Matthew 28:19

Our Team:

 

Oliver & Lisa Underwood - house directors

" I was Lost and now I'm found" -Luke 15

I spent most of my life searching for something that would fill an empty hole deep inside. I searched far and wide for pleasure in multiple ways like drugs, pornography, and alcohol in order to fill the void. I even tried to find father figures who would teach me how to be a man who was respected and was honored by those surrounding me. 

 After many years of searching with lack of finding, I ended up marrying my high school sweetheart and headed off to college. After several years of marriage we had children all the while the spontaneous partying continuing. One day I woke up and had no desire to live. No hope... No purpose... I didn't care about marriage, school, work, fatherhood, or even breathing at that point. That day I had received a phone number to call the Director of the Mission House, Lyle Skillman. I told him that I was a good guy; that things just kept going wrong and I couldn't get a break.

It was then that Lyle asked me why I was calling him if there was nothing wrong with me but that it was my circumstances that were at fault. I told him, "I just keep following my heart!" He then directed me to Jeremiah 17:9. "The heart is desperately wicked and deceitful above all else, who can know it?"  I told myself, "if this book is true then my life makes sense. This is why I'm so miserable. I've been following a liar."

The day after I arrived at the Mission House I gave my life to the Lord. He has lead me since! I love Him so much because He first loved me at my worst. I could have never saved myself and because of what He has done I will follow Him all of my days!

My wife Lisa and I are now devoted to making disciples and comforting others with the same comforts that we have received. I'm currently perusing my counseling degree and will continue to help the men that God places in front of me. 

 

 

Justin Usiak - Associate director

I grew up someone that thrived on image. Regardless of what i was doing i wanted to be viewed as the best. finding my fullfillment in sports, relationships, friendships, jobs, money etc. I was constantly searching for fullfillment and pleasure in things that i thought were important, all the while completely being blinded from what i really needed, which was and is Jesus. My pride, ignorace, insecurity and lack of fullfillment led me into a very severe drug addiction. My drug addiction tore apart all relationships, gave me a extensive criminal history, and completely broke me mentally and physically.

Thanks be to God for being so rich in mercy, and giving me another chance. I came to the mission house and was faced with truth, love, and passion. I was taught through scripture why i had been chasing anything and everything to find fulfillment but still coming up short. God revealed to me that i was made for His glory, and that i am only made complete through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. today I am a changed man because of the spirit that dwells in me.

The mission house ministry taught me how to struggle, how to fight, and most importantly how to love Jesus. Today by the grace of God i am the associate director of the mission house. That means i devote my life to pass along the same good news that was gifted to me and changed my life eternally. There is nothing better then seeing broken men come to a place only to be made complete through the power of Christ.

The verse i stand on today is: Col 2:20 "I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life i now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me."

 

Matthew blacken - Program manager

Growing up in a Christian home it was easy for me to recognize Jesus as my Savior, the Son of God, but it took a while for me to actually understand what all of that meant. I began to live a life that was pleasing to the desires of my flesh and quickly found myself spiritually lost and emotionally broken. With God's love and my family's prayers I found out about the Mission House. It was at this place that I not only learned about my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, but I was actually able to experience him. Through reading and meditating on God's Word I have found a kind of peace that surpasses all understanding. My identity is now on a solid foundation and the cornerstone is Jesus. I owe my life to God and can't express my gratitude for what this program has helped me recognize.