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 were driven by a desire to see the Gospel shared in culturally honoring ways among every distinct ethnic group in the world and to encourage the Body of Christ to engage more deeply in God’s mission to the unreached.

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 strong legacy and continuing to look toward the frontier of missions 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 own culture.

To that end, we’re committed to our call to mobilize the Church—inviting, educating, inspiring, gathering and equipping followers of Jesus to embrace the unique and important role God has given each of us to make 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: that 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 the world’s 6,500 distinct ethnic groups
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 regional staff members or our national office.