Luke Panter

Grace Fellowship Church, Arizona
Lead Church Planter
Maricopa Arizona
Grace Fellowship Church
June 22

About My Family

Luke and Emily are both native Texans, though Emily and her family were International Mission Board missionaries to Chile during much of her childhood. Luke and Emily met through the Baptist Student Ministries at Texas A&M in Commerce, Texas. They married in 2000 and now have five children: Hannah (15), Noah (14), Abigail (12), Lily (10) and Sarah (8). The Panter kids love singing, playing music, painting and playing with Molly, their 4-year-old golden retriever. They all attend Maricopa Public Schools, where Emily teaches.

About My Church Plant

After leading churches in Texas and Oklahoma for 12 years, the Panters answered the Lord's call to be part of a church planting movement in the greater Phoenix metro area. Grace Fellowship Church began in the Panters' living room in January 2016 and began meeting publicly at Maricopa High School on August 14, 2016.
Maricopa was a small farming community in 2001 with only 1,000 residents. Today there are more than 50,000 residents and, by 2025, there is expected to be more than 100,000. People are pouring into Maricopa from states like Washington, Michigan, New York, Minnesota, North and South Dakotas, Illinois and Wisconsin. Many Canadians make their winter home in Maricopa.
Seventy-eight percent of Maricopa's inhabitants claim to have no religious affiliation. Of the 22 percent who do claim religious affiliation, only about 2 percent are Protestant evangelicals who hold a biblical view of salvation. The gospel of grace is a foreign idea to most Maricopans, but it is also one that will transform lives as it begins to take root in the hearts of those who hear the message. 

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


For churches as they prepare to send out missionaries and chaplains to push back lostness in North America. For receptive hearts among the people in communities where these missionaries and chaplains will serve. For churches and individuals to partner with missionaries and chaplains and to give of their time and talents. For the Father to send more workers into His harvest to join these missionaries.


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