For Release 2:30 pm
July 12, 2019
Reaching and Teaching Unanimously Appoints Dr. John Klaassen as President
Louisville, Kentucky— July 12, 2019 — Reaching and Teaching International Ministries (“Reaching and Teaching” or the “Organization”) has appointed Dr. John Klaassen as the new President of the Organization, effective July 27 , 2019. Dr. Klaassen replaces Jon Deedrick, who has led the Organization since his appointment as Interim President in May 2018.
Born in Colombia, Dr. Klaassen has 18 years of cross-cultural experience overseas in Europe and North Africa, and a further 9 years of experience teaching at Boyce College and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he will continue to teach in the field of missions and global studies. John lives with his wife, Shari, in the city of Louisville where they actively serve amongst Iraqi refugees through their church, Highview Baptist.
“We are very pleased that John Klaassen will be joining our team as President,” stated Jason Glas, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Reaching and Teaching. “Klaassen brings a wealth of experience, leadership, and pastoral insight that will benefit our entire organization. We were blessed to have a number of qualified applicants in the search process, but the board unanimously decided through much prayer that John Klaassen was the man God brought to lead us forward.” Mr. Glas also noted that “the entire board is grateful for Jon Deedrick and his willingness to step in and lead the ministry when he did. We are grateful for his work and dedication.”
“I am thrilled to be working with the team at Reaching and Teaching,” stated Dr. Klaassen. “I think I am most excited about working directly with our teams on the field once again. My wife and I have missed that in our time here in the United States. When I think about Reaching and Teaching, I get excited about training churches, pastors, and sending cross-cultural workers to the ends of the earth. I am genuinely humbled by this opportunity and pray that the Lord might use all of us to reach and teach the nations about the gracious work of Jesus Christ.”
About Reaching and Teaching International Ministries
Reaching & Teaching International Ministries exists to reach the peoples of the world through evangelism and by meeting the great need for deep discipleship, pastoral preparation, leadership training, and theological education around the world. Reaching & Teaching seeks to encourage all of God’s people to go into all the world in order to faithfully obey all of the Great Commission. This is accomplished by sending career missionaries, facilitating and leading short-term trips to reach and teach the nations, as well as through training and mobilizing local churches. For further information on the Organization, please visit www.reachingandteaching.org.