Larry Salisbury was born and raised in a Christian home in the upper Peninsula of Michigan. He accepted Christ as his Savior has a young age and grew and his faith as a result of summer Bible camp ministry. As a teenager he gave his life to the idea of becoming a missionary.
Larry graduated from Grand Rapids Baptist College (now Cornerstone University) in 1982. During this time he received ministry training and experience at Lake Ann Regular Baptist Camp where Reverend Eldon Brock (founder of EtEM) had a major influence on him.
Larry then served as Associate Pastor ,Teacher, & Administrator at Lakeshore Baptist Church and Academy from 1983-1987
In 1987 Larry was married to his wife Donna and joined SEND International as a church planting missionary where they served together in the Philippines until 2013. During this time, along with having the privilege of planting and leading many churches, Larry also served in various leadership roles especially in the area of coaching and training church planters. Larry served as National Director for Bible Training Center for Pastors (BTCP ) in the Philippines. He also became the director of mobilization for SEND, training and mobilizing Filipinos to plant churches among the unreached people groups of Southeast Asia.
From 2013 until now Larry has continued with SEND as the regional strategic coordinator for advance into Southeast Asia and has served with Ethnic to Ethnic ministries as chairman and executive director.
Larry and Donna have three adult children and continue to have a passion to reach unreached people groups and to coach and train churches to effectively target their multi-ethnic communities.
Dr. R. Eldon Brock (founder)
Saved in 1945 at age 19
Married to Trudy 1947 (married 57 years)
Graduate of BBC, PA 1952
Father of two daughters, 2 grandsons and two great grandsons
Pastor for 20 years in three churches
Director of Lake Ann Baptist Camp in Michigan for 21 years
Retired 1992 and consulted with numerous camps in USA and 8 other countries
1994 began consulting with Kachin Baptist Churches in N. E. Myanmar [Burma] on Youth and camping. Made nine ministry trips to serve their churches and college.
2002 Founded Closed Door Ministries, Inc after assisting Kachin Bible College teachers earn graduate and post graduate degrees to help them raise the academic level of their college. The purpose of CDM is “Assist a few to disciple many to reach millions.”
1997 – 2004 Sponsored and Mentored 3 Kachin faculty men to earn a Doctor of Ministry Degree in a USA Seminary. All three returned to key leadership roles in the Kachin Bible College.
April 1, 2005, Gertrude “Trudy” was called Home to heaven.
2005 received Honorary Doctor of Divinity from Hanson Baptist Bible College, Kachin State, Myanmar (Burma).
December 30, 2006 married second time to Ruth E. Compton who had been a missionary to North American Indians for 50 years.
Currently developing Ethnic to Ethnic Ministries. “Assist Churches to disciple U S Ethnic people to evangelize unreached ethnic people groups worldwide.”
Board of Directors for Ethnic to Ethnic Ministries
Secretary: Rev. Peter R. Brock, Associate, Family Ministries of Faith Baptist Church, Winter Haven, FL 33880. Peter was a missionary to Italy for 10 years before coming to Faith Baptist. Peter has a good background of missions, mission agencies and church ministries.
Jeff Burr has served as the lead pastor at Forest Hills Baptist Church (Grand Rapids, MI) since 1998. Jeff always had a heart for missions, participated in many short-term mission trips and even spent a year teaching English in Beijing, China. But in recent years he has helped lead the local church to identify the various ethnic groups in their own community. Jeff is a graduate of Cedarville University and Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. He and his wife Sheri have seven children and currently host two international students.
James (Jim) Murphy is currently the City Engineer for the City of Norton Shores, Michigan. Prior to joining the Department of Public Work Staff at the City, he worked for private consulting firms in Muskegon and Sault Ste. Marie Michigan. Jim graduated from Michigan Technological University in 1989 with a B.S.C.E. (Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering). Jim serves as a deacon, adult bible fellowship teacher and the missions chairman for Lakeshore Baptist Church located in Grand Haven, Michigan. As missions chairman, Jim has been active in interacting with the church’s supported missionaries and missions outreach. A recent highlight of this work was accompanying Larry Salisbury and Pastor Nate Birkholz on a 3 week mission trip to Southeast Asia assisting in teaching classes and visitations with mission work in Thailand, Myanmar, Philippines and Taiwan Jim currently lives in Grand Haven, Michigan with his wife Michelle and their children.
Summary: Each man offers a different but special talent that helped to design the foundation of Ethnic to Ethnic Ministries. They have vision and commitment to helping churches adopt a mission plan to reach the unsaved of the nations living in the United State and worldwide.
Local church congregations reflecting the ethnic diversity of their community, united in Christ to reveal God’s glory to the nations.