Rev. Paul Bellington
(1928 – 2012)
Reverend Paul Bellington was the man used by God to start the ministry in Matamoros, Mexico in the early 90’s. He graduated from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, an ordained Baptist minister, and an IMB missionary to Brazil where he planted over one hundred churches, and the work continues to grow. After fulfilling his calling in Brazil he returned to the USA, but this time the Lord put in his heart to continue the missionary work in Matamoros, Mexico. There he began planting churches, training pastors and leader, and expanding the Kingdom of Jesus Christ. He went to be with his Lord August 7th, 2012. His legacy continues in Matamoros through One Mission Ministries, a 501(c)(3) non–profit Christian organization. He is greatly missed by all of us.
The Barberi Family – Missionaries to Matamoros, Mexico
(Michael, Abraham Jr., Abraham, Patty, Yasmin, and Melissa Barberi)
The Barberi Family has been actively involved in missions to Matamoros, and other border towns since July of 2000. They are presently full time missionaries in Matamoros, Mexico where they have helped developed and started several churches under the leadership of Paul Bellingtom. They have also started a Bible Institute in Matamoros where brother Abraham Barberi teaches and serves as director. Additionally they pastor CEU, an outreach church that works with ex-cartel members, drug and alcohol addicts. Their vision is to continue to plant churches, and train future ministers of the Gospel in the northern part of Mexico.
Abraham has attended and graduated from Instituto Biblico Latino, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and B.H. Carroll Theological Institute. He is also an endorsed chaplain by the BGCT, has been a missionary in South Asia, and served for almost five years as assistant pastor at Lazybrook Baptist Church where he farther developed a passion for missions under senior pastor Dr. John Neesley. He is also the founder of “Comunidad Esencia Urbana” an urban ministry with the purpose of reaching out to the teenagers and young adults of Matamoros, Mexico.
Patty has served as youth and worship leader for several years in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico and Houston, Texas. She serves alongside Abraham in Matamoros where she ministers to the pastors’ wives, and organizes conferences for women and marriages. In addition, she is the coordinator, secretary, accountant, and logistic planner of the ministry.
Riley Purnell - Missionary
Riley Purnell has been involved in the Matamoros missionary work since the early days. He has worked alongside Brother Paul Bellington, and continues to serve with One Mission Ministries to coordinate missionary work teams, and fund raising for the construction, and training projects. He is currently a member of First Baptist Church of Sanger.
Registered with the EFCA