The Rev. Dr. Paul Rollet of Chatham, Illinois, has been appointed as an associate missionary by American Baptist International Ministries (IM) in 2016. In association with Mission Ministries, Inc., Rollet is serving in the Philippines with Companion with the Poor (CWTP), a church planting organization and community working to launch holistic churches that meet the spiritual needs of the poorest of the poor living in metro Manila.
Through this ministry, Rollet aims to help strengthen and grow the capacity of CWTP to send missionaries to North and South America and other parts of the world. Rollet’s ministry of training Filipino believers to themselves be missionaries expresses IM’s commitment to mission from everywhere to everyone. His home church is Cherry Hills Baptist Church in Springfield, Illinois and so, as a side note of interest, he has regularly attended the World Mission Conference in Green Lake, Wisconsin.
Rollet’s appointment with IM began in June 2016. “However,” he notes, “I actually served with Companion with the Poor for two years in 2012 and 2013 while working on my doctorate through Bakke Graduate University. After returning to the United States in 2014, I felt called to return to the Philippines and work again with Companion with the Poor. My desire is to see holistic transformation in urban poor communities around the world and to invite more people to join the work.”
The Rev. Dr. Benjamin Chan, IM’s area director for Asia, India Hong Kong and China, says, “IM has always had a heart for the under-privileged. Our partner, the Convention of Philippines Baptist Churches (CPBC), shares the same burden to send pastors to establish churches and provide social services in the urban poor communities in metro Manila. Paul’s appointment will connect IM, CPBC and CWTP to multiply our capacity to transform underprivileged communities.”