The Wolfpack – Tom and Nancy’s Journey to South Africa
Tom and Nancy say that have known each other forever! Actually, they grew up as high school sweethearts in Columbus, Ohio. Nancy came to Christ as a young child and was the main influence in Tom coming to faith while in his early days of college.
God’s call on their lives and having a heart for cross-cultural ministries came while mid-career in the business world and being fully engaged raising their four daughters (Lyndsey, Tara, Chelsea and Morgan). However, ministry for them really began while growing up as a young couple and being discipled in their faith at Memorial Baptist Church (MBC) in Columbus. It was there that they learned how to study the Bible, what it meant to have an intimate and personal relationship with God, and how to grow in their faith and marriage. This was also when God gave them a heart for world evangelism and reaching people for Christ.
ONERWE comes from John 17:21, where Jesus prayed “that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” Little did they know then that God was calling them to be church planters in Cape Town, South Africa. With the help and guidance of their family, friends and sending church (MBC), the Wolfs joined the Association of Baptists for World Evangelism (ABWE) in 1998.
The Wolfs completed their pre-field ministries and arrived in Cape Town in January 2001 where they soon began planting Mountain View Baptist Church – Somerset West in 2002. Mountain View got off to a great start with some amazing prayer and financial support from both the United States and South Africa.
Today, MV is a thriving church in the suburb of Somerset West seeking to carry out God’s Great Commission. In 2008, Dr. Dave Drullinger joined the staff at MV focusing on the Centre for Biblical Studies.
And in 2015, MV called a South African Pastor, Mark Osborne who will become lead Pastor in Somerset West.
In August 2015, Mountain View – Hermanus was born. This second church plant was birthed with a team from the Somerset West church who faithfully worked to get the church up and running. In December, ABWE missionaries Wade and Tara McComas, along with their three children, arrived in Cape Town to join the team. Wade currently serves as the Hermanus campus pastor.
ABWE Regional Administration for Southern Africa
Reaching Southern Africa – In addition to church planting, Tom and Nancy were asked in 2012 by ABWE International to oversee the agency’s missionaries and ministries in Southern Africa. This involves shepherding/caring for the missionaries in this region while also casting a vision for further ministry development. Part of Tom’s leadership responsibilities involve recruiting and mobilizing new missionaries for the region.
Where Are The Wolf Girls Now?
The Bales Family – Lyndsey, her husband Clay, and their three young daughters, Joanna, Adah and Shiloh, live in St. Augustine, Florida. After their college graduations and marriage, the Bales spent a year (2006) doing youth ministries and helping the Wolfs in South Africa before returning to St. Augustine, Florida to begin their careers. Lyndsey now enjoys being a stay-at-home mom while Clay is busy with his career as a physical therapist.
The McComas Family – Tara and her husband, Wade McComas, met at Cedarville University, and after getting married, they moved to South Africa to serve for two years at an academy for orphans and vulnerable children. They returned to the states in November 2011, where they worked at Cedarville University and served at Grace Baptist Church. During this time they joined ABWE International, completed their pre-field ministry, and returned to South Africa in 2015 as career missionaries. Wade and Tara have three children, Finnegan, Aislinn and Maeve, and their fourth child is due in January 2017.
Chelsea & Robin Prenter – After completing her studies at Cedarville University, Chelsea married her South African sweetheart, Robin Prenter, in December 2012. They are currently living in the Columbus area where Chelsea works as a labor and delivery nurse and Robin pursues his graduate studies at the Ohio State University in Aeronautical Engineering.
Morgan and Migail de Klerk – After graduating from high school in South Africa in December of 2011, Morgan returned to the states to study Accounting and International Business at the University of North Florida. Upon graduating in 2016, Morgan returned to South Africa where she married her high school sweetheart, Migail de Klerk. Together the de Klerks have traveled and worked in Southeast East and hope to pursue ministry at sometime in the near future.