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The BGAV Venturer Program provides opportunities for longer-term mission service in global settings serving alongside BGAV partners. Venturers are individuals at least eighteen years of age who support the ministries of BGAV partners around the world for a period of six months to two years. BGAV partners request Venturers for ongoing ministries as well as specific, targeted needs.

Learn more about 2017 Summer Venturers

Individuals’ exploration toward Venturer service can begin by a conversation around personal sense of call and giftedness, along with a completed application and a discussion around fit for the needs BGAV partners have identified.

Questions? Contact Glenn Maddox.

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Current Venturers

Jeremiah and Allison Hurst

hurst-venturerJeremiah and Allison feel a strong sense of call to work for unity in the body of Christ between Christians the U.S. and Norway while mobilizing believers to love their neighbors worldwide.

As musicians, artists, and socialites, they desire to create spaces for people to experience and emulate our Creative God, encouraging freedom and new vision by the leading of the Holy Spirit.

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Stephen Stepp

photoStephen Stepp, currently a junior in college, studies government and international politics at George Mason University. During his time in college, he has remained active in his faith as a leader of the youth group at his home church in Chesterfield, Virginia and as a prominent part of the spiritual directions team there as well. He has served through local missions all over Virginia and starting in January 2017 will be working with Baptists in Vienna, Austria as part of the BGAV Venturer Program.

Stephen hopes to continue his passion of helping others, as he engages with people of similar faith in Austria and work in the spirit of God to share Christs love.

Patrick Clark

Patrick Clark, a recent graduate of James Madison University,  is making his second trip to Vienna after having served for a month several years earlier.

Because he sees music as being a powerful form of testimony, Patrick will also be bringing along his cello.

In addition to music, Patrick is looking forward to serving in Vienna, especially those seeking refuge from the violence in the Middle East.



The basic provisions for all Venturers are:

  • assistance in interpreting God’s call on the individual’s life and an appropriate response to that call;
  • development of a position for service including job description and supervision;
  • living arrangements;
  • assistance with travel to and from the place of service;
  • medical insurance during the term of service;
  • and a network for accountability, nurture, and council.


Funding for Venturers’ expenses takes four basic forms:

  • Venturers who serve in positions that are closely aligned with mission partnerships and strategies of the BGAV may receive expenses and a small stipend from the BGAV
  • Venturers may receive financial resources from the hosting ministry partner.
  • Venturers may be asked to provide for their own expenses from fund-raising or from personal fixed income (i.e. retirement). Individuals who serve in positions that are to be self-funded will be offered assistance in training and accounting for fund-raising.
  • Venturer placements may be funded by a combination of the three options listed above.


Qualifications for service as a Venturer are as follows:

  • Demonstrate a lifestyle of faith in and commitment to Jesus Christ as personal Lord and Savior and to the will of God as basic to all of life.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to and involvement in a local church congregation. This church should be related to the Baptist General Association of Virginia or to one of its partnering unions of churches.
  • Demonstrate a level of personal maturity and health—physical, mental, emotional and spiritual—commensurate to service in the intended field of service.
  • Demonstrate a willingness to live and serve for six (6) months to two (2) years as a volunteer independent contractor related to the BGAV, receiving only basic living needs and, in some cases, a modest stipend.
  • Demonstrate a sense of appreciation and respect for the diversity of cultures with whom Virginia Baptists serve. Further, agree to follow a missiology that values the autonomy of ministry partners and the primacy of their visions for God-called mission.
  • Agree to be accountable to a field supervisor and to the Coordinator of the Venturer Program, handling differences of opinion with openness, respect and professionalism.
  • Be at least 18 years of age.
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