Meet the residents who are serving in our churches.

Marcelo Ruas

Marcelo Ruas

Bridges International Church, Brasilia, Brazil

Marcelo Ruas is married to Alba Bassi Ruas and the proud father of Isabela and Olivia. All of them are born and raised in Brasilia, capital of Brazil, and have been living there their whole life, serving the Lord since their childhood. In 2018 they moved from the church where they were serving to Bridges International Church, in obedience to the direction God gave to them. Marcelo used to be a high-level executive at Caixa, the major public Bank in Latin America, but in 2020 he was compelled by God to leave the bank and follow his calling to work exclusively for the Kingdom of God.
 

I’m expectant for what is to come in our Residency Program; thank you so much for your support.

Suanlian Tonsing

Suanlian Tonsing

Berlin International Baptist Church, Germany

Born and brought up in northeast India, Suanlian Tonsing dreamt of serving as a missionary in Europe since his teenage years. After completing his master’s degree in sociology, he moved to Germany to study Intercultural Theology at the Georg-August Universität, Göttingen (2012-2014). He joined Bethel International Baptist Church (now, Multination Church), Frankfurt in 2014 and there, along with the church, he discerned his calling to serve full-time in pastoral ministry, mainly among the international students and young professionals. In 2017 he moved to the U.K, where he continued his theological studies at Regent’s Park College, Oxford University. He was ordained in 2018 as a Baptist pastor by the Evangelical Baptist Convention (EBC), his home church convention in India. He was sent out as a missionary-pastor by the EBC, the first missionary to Europe by the convention. In 2019 he married Ellinor.  They moved to Berlin in 2020 where he is part of the church planting residency program with IBC Berlin.

 
David McAuley

David McAuley

ICF, Frankfurt, Germany

David McAuley was born and raised in Pakistan. Raised in a Christian family who works for a missionary hospital, he was always blessed to live in a Christian community and receive a scientific education in Christian schools and universities. After completing his Bachelor of Science degree, he moved to Finland to pursue his Master’s degree in Research Chemistry and later moved to Germany to live with his wife Mishal after he was married. After searching for a job for several months in 2019, he was very discouraged when his dream of a successful career in chemistry began to disappear before his eyes.  He began volunteering at his local church and God began to open David’s eyes and prepare his heart for ministry.  He is currently serving at ICF as a ministerial intern. He is motivated to work collaboratively with the local church to grow and work towards a shared vision to disciple and lead others in an intentional relationship towards maturity in Christ.
 

​I am thankful for the IBC residency program because it has enabled me to answer His call and take on His mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ.

Meet our former residents and read their testimonies.

Phillip Vandergrift

Phillip Vandergrift

Immanuel, Wiesbaden, Germany

Phillip T. Vandergrift is married to Monika Vandergrift and together they have 5 children and 4 granddaughters. Phillip is originally from Memphis, Tennessee. He has been living in Germany now for 30 years. He lived a life in darkness and sin for almost 40 years. On 1 September  2017, he came to know Jesus Christ. His life went from darkness to light, from hate to love on that day. Monika gave her life to Jesus Christ in October 2017, and they were both baptized in their home church, Immanuel Baptist Church, Wiesbaden, Germany on 17 December that year. Phillip and his wife have been a part of the IBC ever since.
 

 The IBC Residency Program has given me the opportunity to experience first-hand the calling and path God has placed me on.

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