Video: How Pioneers Got Started

Our Story

Started in 1979 by former businessman Ted Fletcher and his wife, Peggy, Pioneers partners with local churches to make disciples and initiate church-planting movements among unreached peoples. The unreached are cultural and ethnic groups without a self-sustaining witness to the gospel in their own cultures.

From business and education to healthcare, agriculture, the arts, and more, some 3,000 global members use their diverse gifts and experience to serve in needy communities. As they do, they see God transform lives across cultures and people groups everywhere.

How We Got Started

Ted Fletcher wondered whether he was ready to die during the Korean War. Watch this one-minute animated video to find out how he responded to that question and founded Pioneers 40+ years ago!

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Stories from the pursuit

From the Field: Creative Compassion

Missionaries and believers around the world are finding creative ways to serve their neighbors and share the gospel with people looking for hope. Here are their stories.

Five Ways to Pray for Missionaries

Many missionaries are well acquainted with isolation, shortages, fear and uncertainty. But that doesn’t make make facing these challenges easier. Here are five ways to pray.

Caring for Missionaries in Light of COVID-19 

COVID-19 is shaping all our lives right now. We're making every effort to care for Pioneers missionaries during this time of uncertainty.