Luke Callender

Grace Harbor Church New Bedford, Massachusetts

Church Planting Team Member
New Bedford  Massachusetts
Grace Harbor Church New Bedford
April 11

About My Family

My name is Luke Callender. I studied music at the University of North Texas and later graduated from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in December of 2018. During this time I served as chaplain at a county jail in Texas for nearly eight years. This ministry training has proven to be more valuable that I can express. The Lord is perfectly wise in His providential timing!

My wife, Dominee, our three sons, Augustus, Rufus and Virgil, and I moved to New Bedford, Mass., in April of 2019. The Lord moved us from Texas, where Dominee and I had spent our entire lives up to that point, to labor alongside a small group of Christians to see a faithful, gospel-proclaiming, local church established in the city.

About My Church Plant

New England is the new American missional frontier. New Bedford, Mass., is a city of approximately 130,000 people (with the surrounding area comprised of another 120,000 people) situated about an hour south of Boston and 45 minutes east of Providence, R.I. New Bedford ranks third among the nation's most post-Christian cities. Establishing a church in an urban context where gospel-proclamation has faded over the last quarter century will be a work of perseverance and steadfastness. This will mean decades rather than years of faithful endurance. The Lord is faithful.

By God's grace and according to His good plan, Grace Harbor Church launched in June of 2020. He has preserved a remnant here and is gathering a people to Himself. God is at work in New England!

NAMB Church Planting

Demonstrated Christian character is essential for missionaries and chaplains to gain credibility and build community. A missionary is a person who, in response to God's call and gifting, leaves his or her comfort zone and crosses cultural, geographic or other barriers to proclaim the gospel and live out a Christian witness in obedience to the Great Commission. The North American Mission Board supports missionaries serving across the United States, Canada and their territories. Churches are the missionary incubators and sending centers for missionaries through the Southern Baptist Convention. Missionaries serve in a variety of settings and face tremendous challenges. But the rewards are tremendous and life-changing. Missionaries have the privilege to represent their church and their Father in sharing the gospel as the primary focus of their activity. If you are interested in pursuing next steps as a potential missionary or chaplain from your church, explore the possibilities at

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Luke Callender

Ministry Fund ID 68JBT4-Callender,Luk
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Only by a movement of the Spirit of God will we see new life in a dark place. Please pray that the name of the Lord would be magnified and exalted, that disciples would be made and that the light of Christ would shine brightly in a dark place. Would you put our family’s name, Grace Harbor Church New Bedford, and the people of New England on your prayer lists to bring before the Lord regularly? We're desperate to minister to our community and to see lives submitted to the loving lordship of Jesus the Messiah!


Please consider partnering with us financially. It is the responsibility of the local church to support her ministers. The Lord is establishing a church in a largely barren land. Will you stand in the gap for someone who may not even know the Lord Jesus yet? The Lord is the provider of our every need; He is worthy of our trust and adoration. Please pray about investing in the kingdom by partnering with us through monthly financial support.
Would you consider joining us in New England? Would the Lord have you embody the light of Christ in a dark place, a place that has almost completely forgotten the sound of praise being lifted up to the Most High God?
Fund ID: 68JBT4-Callender,Luk