John Robert Biggs
John Robert graduated with a degree in English from the University of Central Oklahoma and recently finished an internship with Reformed University Fellowship at New Mexico State University. He has been married to his wife Mary for three and a half years and together they have a two-year old daughter named Annie Louisa, a one-year old son named Gilbert, and a baby boy due in April. John Robert moved to Charlotte in July 2017 and began attending Reformed Theological Seminary.
Tom was born and raised in a large family near Grand Rapids, Michigan. By God's grace he came to know the Lord at very young age. Tom attended Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, Georgia where he graduated with a degree in History in 2016. After college he spent a year as a pastoral intern at University Reformed Church in East Lansing, MI under Pastor Kevin DeYoung. Tom moved to Charlotte in 2017 and began the Master of Divinity program at Reformed Theological Seminary.
Jared grew up in Cameron, North Carolina. He completed a Bachelor’s degree at Columbia International University in Columbia, South Carolina. He served on staff at a church in Columbia for two years doing college ministry and community outreach. In August 2018, Jared moved to Matthews, North Carolina to complete a Masters of Divinity degree at Reformed Theological Seminary in order to further prepare for pastoral ministry. Jared and his wife Emily have been married since May of 2016 and they are excited to meet their daughter who will be born in November 2019.
Peter is from the UK but actually grew up in Mozambique in Africa, where his parents work for Wycliffe. After coming back to the UK for school, he studied math at college and then made "the obvious move into church ministry!" He spent some time as a youth worker before then being a trainee minister and finally coming to seminary at RTS Charlotte. So far he is very much enjoying his second intercontinental move!
Andrew grew up near Indianapolis, graduated from IUPUI with a degree in exercise science, and was introduced to Campus Outreach during his freshman year of college. He has been on staff with Campus Outreach for eight years, mostly in Ohio. He moved to Charlotte at the start of 2019 to work part-time with Campus Outreach and to begin the Master of Divinity program at Reformed Theological Seminary. He has been married to his beautiful wife Kelly since 2013, and they have two sons.
Alberto is from Mérida, México and is married to Laura. Though he was born and raised in a Presbyterian family, he came to know Christ as Savior in his fifth year as a medical student. As soon as Alberto was rescued from darkness to light, he knew the Lord was calling him to be a pastor. Alberto completed medical school while receiving theological education with a local pastor, Rev. Wilbur Madera, and finally graduated as a Doctor of Medicine. While preparing for seminary, Alberto and his wife moved to Cabo San Lucas to serve as missionaries at reformed local church Comunidad de Gracia and begun Enviados Mexico Ministries, which intends to serve the church of Mexico creating reformed resources in Spanish. In 2019 he came to Charlotte to begin working on his Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Theological Studies. Everything for the Glory of our God.
Church Planting Apprentice
José Portillo graduated from Reformed Theological Seminary Charlotte with an
MDiv. For the last two years he served as the Campus Administrator and Director
of Hispanic Engagement for RTS in Houston, Texas, where he spent nearly 18 years of his life. José was born in Costa Rica and lived all over Central America as his dad preached, encouraged pastors, and planted churches. Now José is excited to be coming to Charlotte to begin a church planting apprenticeship. His goal is to live and plant a church in the middle of the rapidly-growing Hispanic population in the North Eastern part of Charlotte, bringing the transforming power of the gospel to this diverse community. Please pray that the Lord will raise co-workers to join him in this work through both prayers and labor. José is married to Anna, and they have one daughter.
Ben grew up in Edinburgh, Scotland, before moving to Aberdeen to complete a bachelor’s degree in education. He then worked in primary school education for several years, after which he completed a ministry internship at his local church in Aberdeen. In August 2019, Ben moved with his family to Charlotte in the Fall of 2019 to study for a Masters of Divinity at RTS. Ben is married to Sarah and they have three children.