Valerie and Aaron Osterbrock of Hamilton, Ohio, were endorsed on December 13, 2016, by American Baptist International Ministries (IM) to serve at the Sabah Theological Seminary in East Malaysia. They will be the only IM global servants currently serving in this Southeast Asian island country.
After they have raised the needed financial support and have been commissioned, they will teach theological education at the seminary with an emphasis on the Master of Divinity and Bachelor Degree programs.
Valerie was born in Boston, but grew up in Singapore and Australia. “I’m a cultural mongrel,” she explains. “I trained as a high school and middle school English and Humanities teacher. She holds a Master of Divinity degree and a Master of Theology degree.
When asked why she feels called to this ministry, Valerie said, “God has given me both the passion and the training for this. I am excited about what God is doing to grow his church in the developing world, and I love being able to come alongside local leaders and playing a part in equipping and encouraging them.”
Aaron is an ordained American Baptist pastor. He participated in mission trips to Africa and Thailand. “The Lord had stirred my heart to serve,” he recalls, “but I didn’t know what that would look like.” He now holds a Master of Divinity degree and a Master of Theology degree.
“I am excited about helping students develop in their understanding of the Word of God,” said Aaron. “Ultimately, I desire to see students grow in their relationships with the Lord and see my relationship with him grow in the process.”
Valerie and Aaron will move to Sabah, Malaysia, with their children: 18-month-old Theophilus and a second child due to be born in May 2017.
Please pray for the Osterbrock family. Thank you!