World Concern - Church Partnership


Provide lasting change for an entire community.

Your church can make an even more significant impact in the hardest places in the world by partnering with World Concern.


You can change the story of a community through your partnership with World Concern. Your church can partner with a village for a specific project or form a long-lasting relationship that may include visiting the village with a team from your church. Your church can be a light that transforms the physical and spiritual needs of an entire community.

How to Get Your Church Involved

Support a Project

Give to complete a project and transform the lives in a village.

Partner with a Village

Partner with us to transform the lives of children and families in a village.

Host Transformation Sunday

Host a Transformation Sunday and get your church members involved.

Stories of Church Partners

A blacksmith in Anacortes uses his skills to transform a village in Laos

Paul Thorne stepped out of the World Concern land rover in Africa and was surprised to hear a familiar sound — the tink tink tink of a blacksmith’s anvil. He followed the sound and discovered a man doing the same work he did in his hometown of Anacortes, Washington. The difference was the source of the metal being used – whereas Paul was able to purchase his material, the African blacksmith used shrapnel and other metal he collected from the battlefields of Darfur to make his wares.  

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Camano Chapel Partners to Protect Children From Trafficking

Members of Camano Chapel took their first ministry trip with World Concern to Asia in 2004. Kathy Harrison, director of the women’s ministry, and several other women, visited villages in Northern Thailand and Laos to meet the women and determine what they could do to help meet their needs. Upon returning they started a group at Camano Chapel called Women of Purpose with the goal of preventing trafficking and ministering to women and families in Asia.

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Compelled to help: How one church made a difference

Maria Evans said she and her friends felt compelled to do something to help people suffering in the Horn of Africa after hearing about the famine at church last month.

“It touched my heart when I saw those slides,” recalled Maria, who attends Community Bible Fellowship in Lynnwood, Wash. “Here we are enjoying this luxury, and we complain so much. At least we have water. It’s been a wake-up call for everybody.”

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A 7-Year-Old’s Heart for One Village in Chad

When 7-year-old Nina Tomlinson heard that fire had destroyed most of the homes and crops in the remote village of Maramara, Chad, she was heartbroken for the families who lost everything. Nina’s church partners with the village of Maramara through World Concern’s One Village Transformed project. Nina had also just learned about habitats in school, so she understood how bad this disaster was.

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Church Mobilization Team

Jeremy Reis
Senior Director of Marketing

Jeremy leads the marketing, communications, and fundraising team at World Concern, raising resources to fight extreme poverty. Jeremy is passionate about seeing lives transformed – both physically and spiritually – and helping people and organizations partner with villages to see their stories change. Jeremy is the author of Magnetic Nonprofit and frequently speaks on increasing generosity for the nonprofit sector. Jeremy lives in Franklin, Tennessee with his wife Jennica and eight children.

Kelli Tolf
Senior Director of Donor Relations

Kelli joined us from Washington State University Foundation, where she was most recently the Director of Development for the Regional Team. The regional team focused on fundraising for all ten colleges within the university, four branch campuses and many departments. During her 8 years at WSU, Kelli was part of the team that led the One Billion Dollar Comprehensive Campaign for WSU and formed the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, among other accomplishments. Prior to WSU, Kelli spent 6 years at the Skagit Valley College Foundation, as Assistant Director of Development. Kelli holds a degree in Public Relations from Washington State University.

Jonathan Sharpe Portrait
Jonathan Sharpe
Director of Church Mobilization

Jonathan leads Church Mobilization at World Concern, helping churches to partner with global villages, churches, pastors, and evangelists to see whole communities and nations experience holistic, Gospel-driven transformation. Jonathan previously spent 11 years at Grand Canyon University where he served as a professor in the College of Theology and as the lead for GCU’s Christian Worldview courses. Prior to that, he served as an associate faculty for Ashford University (now University of Arizona, Global Campus) and as the project lead for a multi-year Christian-Reconciliation project for World Vision in Iasi, Romania. Jonathan holds an MA from Fuller Seminary and a PhD in Church History and Polity from the University of Pretoria, South Africa. Jonathan, his wife, Amy, and three children, live in East Wenatchee, Wa.

Get Connected

We'd love to hear more about your church, and see how we can partner together to transform lives with Christ’s love and fulfill your calling to care for the poor. Call us at 800-755-5022 or email us at [email protected] and we’ll connect you with our Church Mobilization team.