Joshua and Shannon Herndon
Serving in Eurasia as Global Deployment | Eurasia
Joshua and Shannon Herndon served as missionaries with Church of the Nazarene in Spain from 2010-2016. They currently serve in Thessaloniki, Greece.
The Herndons served for a year as Mission Corps volunteers in Guatemala in 2006, which solidified their call. In 2010 they were called as missionaries to Spain. Their focus for ministry in Spain was on church planting with a focus on indigenous (Spanish) outreach. While in Spain, they were active in their community and utilized baseball as a way to bring Work and Witness teams to teach sports to the children and youth of the community as a form of outreach. Joshua and Shannon provided support to the local Nazarene Churches in the form of preaching and teaching workshops. Joshua also teaches Theological Education classes through European Nazarene College.
Their focus in Greece is to start the work of the Church of the Nazarene, as there has been no Nazarene presence in Greece. They are partnering with the Free Methodist Church in Thessaloniki, building a relationship that has already proven beneficial for all involved. The Herndons are also involved in ministry to the refugees who are currently stranded in Greece. The sports ministry that was used in Spain will now be put to use at various refugee camps as a way to help refugees feel “normal,” and to give them a positive activity to focus on while they are living in the camps. The Herndons also hope to continue to use sports as a way to connect with Greeks in their local community as well.
Joshua and Shannon are members of the Indianapolis District Church of the Nazarene.
Before they met, Joshua and Shannon served separately in different world areas: Shannon in Cuba, Mexico, and for almost a year in Kazakhstan, and Joshua with the Jesus Film Ministry in India and multiple times in Venezuela.
Shannon is a graduate of Northwest Nazarene University with a degree in Social Work. She recently completed her Masters Degree in Organizational Leadership through Regent University. She has done volunteer work through multiple organizations and has a passion for the needy.
Joshua graduated from Olivet Nazarene University with a degree in Christian Education and a focus in Youth Ministry. He then attended Nazarene Theological Seminary, graduating with a Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies.
While living in Kansas City, Joshua attended a Cross-Cultural Orientation, where he met Shannon. They were married on October 11, 2003. Josh and Shannon have two children. Their daughter, Karis, is 12-years-old and loves spending time with her friends, singing, and dancing traditional Spanish Flamenco. Their son, Kaeden, is an adventurous 9-year-old who loves Legos and superheroes.
Prior to becoming missionaries, Josh served as a youth pastor in Shelbyville, IN, as well as the director of a residential treatment facility for troubled youth. Shannon directed an organization that ministered to homeless families.
Home Assignment Dates
Jun 01, 2019 - Aug 31, 2019, United States
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