Meet the Eastern Hungary Team

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Gary and Carolyn Miller
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Team leaders Gary and Carolyn Miller, originally from Missouri and Kansas respectively, are both graduates of Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Missouri. Carolyn's degree is in Religious Studies, and Gary's in Religious Studies and Psychology. Gary also holds a degree in Aviation Technology from LeTourneau University and a Master's in Missiology from Southwestern Seminary, and has pastored in Missouri and Texas. They have two grown children.

Both Gary and Carolyn were called to missions as freshmen at SBU and were planning a career in mission aviation when a back injury necessitated a change in career plans. Through a series of short-term mission trips into Romania, God led them to Budapest, Hungary, where Gary taught English at the Budapest Teacher Training College for the 1998-99 school year. During the course of that year they got know several missionaries with the Southern Baptist International Mission Board who encouraged them to apply with the IMB.

They were given a two year assignment in Romania working alongside career missionaries as Volunteer Coordinators, arranging and providing logistics for short-term mission teams. This experience strengthened their call to missions, and they applied to be appointed as career missionaries themselves.

In 2002, after meeting with leaders at the mission board and seeking God’s will regarding where they should serve, the Lord led them back to Hungary. In August of 2003 Gary and Carolyn moved to the city of Debrecen, which is their home base as they develop strategies for helping initiate a church planting movement among the Magyar people.

Hathcock family

Student ministry workers Darrel and Kimberly Hathcock have three daughters, Arianna, Abigail, and Sophia. Darrel was born in Amory, Mississippi, and is a graduate of the University of Mississippi and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Kimberly was born in Big Rapids, Michigan, and is a graduate of Missouri Baptist University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

During seminary, Kimberly and Darrel were parts of separate evangelism ministries in New Orleans' French Quarter. That is where they met in March of 2003. This experience continued to remind both Darrel and Kimberly of God's desire to reach the nations, and on June 4, 1994, the couple married. Before serving with the IMB, Darrel served as a campus minister with Baptist Student Ministries in Carthage, Texas, and in Springfield, Missouri.

The Hathcocks have served with the IMB since April 2002, first in the country of Belarus, followed by a second term in the country of Ukraine. They have now joined the Eastern Hungary team, having moved to Hungary in June of 2011. Following a year of intensive language study in Budapest, the family relocated to Debrecen in August of 2012, where they focus on student ministries. Please pray for the Hathcocks as they continue the process of following Him and seeking His Kingdom.

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