Equipping youth to live out the mission of God every day, everywhere

Our Story

Touch the World is a youth organization committed to providing top-tier training for short-term mission trips. During our 29 years of experience, we have seen how short-term missions can be an effective tool for discipleship. We believe that youth are not just the future leaders of the church, but the hands and feet of Jesus Christ, right here, right now. Our vision is to see youth living as resilient disciples of Christ everywhere they go, in everything they do. 

Since our start in 1991, training has been an integral part of our ministry. Today, training is the heartbeat of everything we do. Our training is focused on equipping students with cultural sensitivity, an understanding of poverty, a Biblical perspective of missions, and a heart focused on service. We recognize that not all short-term mission trips are created equal, and we are in relentless pursuit of creating a mission program that goes above and beyond to maximize life-transformation in each participant and in each community we serve alongside.

Our ministry continues to expand as we develop and provide resources for churches and schools throughout the tri-state area and beyond.

What We Do

Touch the World creates opportunities for youth to encounter God and engage their faith through missions. In each of the below programs, we equip youth to live on mission every day, everywhere.

Missions Training

Training is the core of what we do. Without training, teams are likely to do more harm than good. We offer 3-Day Training and a 5-Day Missions Experience at The Mission Center in Pennsylvania that will prepare you with the skills necessary to serve effectively. You will sleep in platform tents, learn practical on-field tips, engage in team building exercises, hear relevant speakers, and participate in meaningful worship.

Once you experience our training, you’ll never want to take a trip without training again.

The Missions Academy

Pre-Trip and Post-Trip training are essential components for a truly transformative missions experience. We’re developing The Missions Academy to make Touch the World’s training curriculum accessible to anyone, anywhere. Each course is broken up into short modules that can be done individually or completed prior to team meetings and can be facilitated by a Team Leader utilizing corresponding Facilitation Guides. 

Our introductory courses are now available!

Our Mission Principles

Mission is a Lifestyle
Training is Essential
Partnership Matters
God is Already There
Poverty is Brokenness
Do With, Not For
Empathy in Culture
Ask Before Assuming

Our Definitions

Mission

Sentness; both the identity and action of the redeemed to make God’s glory known

For no other reason than the love God has for His image-bearing creation, we are sent as God’s ambassadors to proclaim the truth and good news of God’s redemptive work through Jesus Christ, available to all who believe.

Missionary

A redeemed disciple of Jesus, who embraces their identity as a “sent one from God” and lives out their God-given mission of reconciliation and restoration in whatever location or circumstance they find themselves.

Meet our TTW Staff Family

Jesse Kroeze

Jesse Kroeze

Executive Director

Tim Dedrick

Tim Dedrick

Missions Director

Mary Degelman

Mary Degelman

Finance Administrator

Bill Harrison

Bill Harrison

Program Development Coordinator

Samantha Kachler

Samantha Kachler

Administrative Assistant & Office Coordinator

Andrea Kroeze

Andrea Kroeze

Training & Curriculum Coordinator School Mission Education Program

Evonne Malnati

Evonne Malnati

Development & Events Coordinator

Chantelle Pazmiño

Chantelle Pazmiño

Host Connections & Staff Care/HR

Abby Provencher

Abby Provencher

Content Creator & Copywriter

Deb Sheagley

Deb Sheagley

Cuba Ministries Director & The Missions Center Coordinator

Randy Sheagley

Randy Sheagley

Internships & Recruitment; The Missions Center Coordinator

Alicia Sims

Alicia Sims

Media & Marketing Coordinator