Frontier Fellowship traces its beginnings back to a kitchen table in Portland, Oregon, in 1981. It was there Ralph Winter, renowned missiologist who pioneered the unreached people groups movement, imparted his vision to revive a frontier missions focus within the United Presbyterian Church to Harold Kurtz, longtime missionary in Southwest Ethiopia. Both men longed to see the Body of Christ engage more deeply in bringing the Gospel to people groups still waiting to receive it.
We began under Harold’s leadership as United Presbyterian Frontier Fellowship and were soon renamed Presbyterian Frontier Fellowship. As our organization developed over the years, God challenged us to take our ministry further in denominational and generational focus, wider in geographical scope and deeper in our understanding of frontier mission.
Today we’re known as Frontier Fellowship, deeply rooted in our rich legacy and continuing to look toward the frontier where the Good News of Jesus has yet to find expression. We believe His message is for everyone, and each person deserves the opportunity to hear the Gospel in the context of his or her language and culture.
To that end, we’re committed to our call to engage the Church—inviting, educating, inspiring, gathering and equipping followers of Jesus to embrace their God-given roles in making His name known among every nation, tribe, people and language.