Joshua Rieger and Nick Setterington
Our 2016 Missions Conference had as its emphasis reaching out into our own community in order to reach internationals. The Lord is bringing the nations to America, giving us opportunities for ministry and evangelism without even leaving our doorsteps. A recent study done by Rice University concluded that:
"the Houston region’s diversity that it is has become the nation’s most racially/ethnically diverse large metropolitan area. It is more racially/ethnically diverse than the metropolitan regions of New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, San Francisco, and the others."
At Christ Church, we are seeking to reach out to our neighbors, many of whom come from all over the globe. We were blessed this year with two excellent speakers, Josh Rieger and Nick Setterington.
Josh Rieger (left, above) was raised in Virginia, a minister's son. He attended The University of Arizona, where he was a member of the Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps. Following university, he served as an officer in the US Navy for 7 years. When the Lord called him into the ministry he attended Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte, NC and Jackson, MS. After ordination, Josh served as an Assistant Minister at First Presbyterian Church, Jackson, MS. While serving in MS the Lord called the Riegers to church plant in Northern England. Josh is now the minister of Hexham Presbyterian Church, a brand new church plant just south of the Scottish border. From a young age, Gina Rieger wanted to go on the mission field. She has served in the church in various capacities but found her heart drawn specifically to women and children. The Riegers are missionaries supported by Christ Church, working with Mission to the World and the Evangelical Presbyterian Church in England and Wales, helping to plant churches in Northeast England. They look forward to seeing the Lord work in a country where the history of His work is long and glorious, but where there has not been a vibrant Reformed church in recent years.
Nick Setterington (right, above) is the director of international student ministries at University Reformed Church (PCA) in East Lansing, MI. With over 8,000 international students and scholars from 131 countries just down the street at Michigan State University, URC is strategically positioned for gospel ministry among the nations. Nick graduated from MSU with a degree in civil engineering and worked in that field for three years. He met his wife Emma at MSU and they spent a year in Arizona before relocating back to Michigan. He earned an MAR from Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, MI, before joining staff with the church. They have three daughters, Mia (2011), Lucia (2013) and Talya (2015).
The audio from all sessions is also available on this page. Here are each individual sessions:
Friday Night Welcome Dinner and Opening Session
Josh Rieger "The Local Church: God's Tool for Making Disciples"
Nick Setterington "Why the Local Church is Essential for Reaching Internationals"
Nick Setterington at Men's Breakfast "Men: Leading the Charge in the Church and in the Home"
Gina Rieger at Ladies' Tea
Josh Rieger preaching, "The Gospel for the Nations" (Jonah 1:1-16; 3:1-10)
Nick Setterington Sunday school, "Gospel Opportunities in Multi-Cultural Contexts"