In 1912, an evangelist named Walter Duff moved his family from Ireland to the Unites States. As a young man, Walter Duff Jr. joined in his father’s evangelism efforts and went on to pastor his own large church. However, through the prompting of both his father and his sister, Helen Duff Baugh (founder of Stonecroft Ministries), Walter Duff Jr. committed to spend the rest of his life recruiting and sending out of missionaries to country churches without leadership.
On September, 9, 1948, Village Missions was born, a ministry dedicated to sending out missionaries to rural communities across North America with the gospel of Christ. Rev. Walter Duff Sr. challenged his son to “send out 100 missionary pastors to rural North America.” Rev. Duff Jr. directed the sending out of over 600 missionaries during his lifetime. Since 1948, Village Missions has served a variety of rural and urban communities across the United States and Canada. God continues to call us to send out dedicated, called, and gifted Village Missionaries to “Preach the Word and love the people.” Today, Village Missions has 230 Village Missionaries currently serving across the North America. Only heaven can measure the impact this ministry has had on individual lives, communities, churches and the world.
You can see a detailed history of Village Missions in the timeline below.