We are the Rileys – Matt, Katie, Micah, Ella, Annalise and Sophia. We have been married 18 years and during that time we have worked in the secular workplace, went to seminary, served as overseas as church planting interns, served in a full-time ministry position in Florida, and now we have been called to serve in France. Guess the Lord has been preparing us all along to hang on loosely and to be prepared to go where He calls.
After graduating from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (2007), we served in Toulouse, France as church planting interns for 10 months with Reach Global. Following our return to the States, we pursued ordination with the Anglican church. From 2008 – 2012 we pastored St. Paul Anglican in Lynn Haven, Florida.
In September of 2011, we joined Alongside Ministries International. Alongside International was launched in 1978 in Fresno, California and now trains and sends missionaries to serve alongside Christian leaders and churches in Albania, Estonia, France, Germany, Scotland, Great Britain and North America.
Through a partnership with Alongside Ministries, we have been invited by the l’Eglise protestante unie de France. Now, after working 3 years as a part of a church revitalization project in Lunéville, we have been asked to lead a regional church-planting project in the Brittany region of France. The project is based in Pontivy, and is focused on planting churches, training leaders and equipping these leaders to carry on the work of church planting and disciple making. This new initiative is committed to seeing the kingdom grow by reaching out to the estimated 92% of the French population who do not follow Jesus and raising up leaders for the harvest from that harvest!
Working on the mission field requires the prayers and financial support of a team and we invite to you prayerfully consider if God would have you join us in the work that He is doing in France. plant new communities of faith and to re-envision and revitalize the existing church to impact their communities with the Good News of the Kingdom of God. This is a unique initiative among historic churches in France. God is moving in France to renew and refocus the church to engage the culture with the Gospel of Jesus.
We are the Rileys – Matt, Katie, Micah, Ella, Annalise and Sophia. We have been married 18 years and during that time we have worked in the secular workplace, went to seminary, served as overseas as church planting interns, served in a full-time ministry position in Florida, and now we have been called to serve in France.
In 2012, while serving as rector of St. Pauls Anglican in Lynn Haven, Florida, Alongside Ministries International and the L’Eglise protestante unis de France asked us to join in a church renewal initiative in the east of France. So in 2012, we packed up our family of 5 and moved to France.
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Being in full time ministry and providing our basic needs is an endeavor that takes spiritual and financial resources. If you would like to be a part of our ministry in France, please click below to fill out a giving form with our sending agency Alongside Ministries.