Mathew Leonard

Calvary Blanca, Colorado
RePlant Church Planter
Blanca Colorado
Calvary Blanca
February 24

About My Family

Toni and I have been married for a little more than four years. Toni grew up in Abilene, Texas, and attended Texas A&M. I grew up outside Cleveland, Ohio, and at the age of 18, joined the United States Air Force as an aircraft electrician. They stationed me in Abilene at Dyess Air Force Base, where they kept me for 10 years. During my eighth year in the Air Force, I met Toni at church, and a year and a half-year later we married.
During this time we both felt a calling into full-time ministry and sensed that God was leading me to attend seminary. God then led us to Denver Seminary where, by His grace, I received two master's degrees, one in Christian studies and the other in Christian formation and soul care. During our time in seminary, Toni and I began to dream about living in a small mountain town and pastoring a small rural church. God then led us to Blanca, Colo., to pastor a small church in need of fresh vision and the gospel.

About My Church Plant

Calvary Blanca, formerly United for Christ Community Church, has roots that go all the way back to 1902 with a vision to reach Blanca, Colo. United for Christ Community Church has impacted and touched many lives over the years, but now it is at a crossroads in its outreach and effective ministry within the community. In light of this, Blanca—with united hearts—has seized the opportunity to replant with the Calvary Family of Churches. There is an incredible opportunity for God’s glory to continue to shine forth from Calvary Blanca by making Jesus non-ignorable in Blanca and to the ends of the earth.

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 namb.net/send-me.

Pray

For unity among the members of Calvary Blanca. For receptive hearts among the people in the community as we engage in outreach. For churches in the area to partner with us. For the Father to send biblically qualified leaders.

Participate

Come to help us with the community barbecues July 29 and October 8 and with VBS July 24–28, 2017.
Many missionaries build a team to join their ministry in prayer, participation, and provision. These friends, family and churches support missionaries beyond the tithes and offerings given within the church plant. Visit sendnetwork.com/PlanterFunding for NAMB's policy on providing for church plants.
Fund ID: JYXS4A-Leonard,Mathe
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