Our Story

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.

Our Vision

For every people: an indigenous church
For every church: a mission vision

Our vision describes our two-fold conviction: God desires to be worshipped by all peoples through culturally unique expressions of faith, and the global Church is called to unity and participation in sharing the Good News of Jesus with those who still have little or no access to that message.

Our Mission

As part of God’s mission to the world, we invite believing communities to engage people groups
where the Good News of Jesus and His Kingdom is not yet known.

If you or your church would like to learn more about ways to deepen your engagement in bringing the message of the Gospel
to those who haven’t yet heard, please contact one of our staff members or our national office.