Jessica is the founder of Come Away Missions. God called her to missions at a summer camp when she was in 8th grade. Jessica has been involved in missions in the United States and around the world since middle school. In 2009 she began the journey of taking teams over to Rwanda, Africa and now wants to make this ministry available for everyone who has a heart to disciple and give God glory among the nations.
Jonathan is the pastoral team leader. He has served in full time ministry for 12 years. His heart is reaching the lost and making Jesus known. He leads and oversees teams in the areas of pastoral training, discipleship, and student ministry. His hope is to come alongside the work God is already doing and share this heart for Rwanda with those willing to "Go into all the world..." Jonathan & Jessica live in Alabama with their two beautiful girls Grace and Oliviya.
Brad & Amanda Newman
Brad and Amanda lead our marriage training and discipleship. Their journey began as high school sweethearts and they were married in 2001. At a young age, Amanda felt a calling on her life to work with marriages. It led her to obtain a Master’s degree in Counseling. Together they have led groups of young married couples in various forms since 2004. They have participated in numerous mission trips to Africa since 2008 and have been working with married couples in Rwanda since 2012. They reside in Columbus, GA with their two children, Asher and Selah.
Jean Baptiste Tuyishimire
Jean was born in Rwanda in 1970 and became a Christian in 1981. He is married to Beatrice Uwumuremyi and together they have five children named David, Samuel, Hannah, Batista, & Emmanuelle.
They have the same heart and vision. When they married, they knew that we will be spending the rest of their lives discipling girls, boys, women, and men who would make a lasting impact on a lost world. They are both graduates from the Baptist Theological seminary of Zambia, Beatrice has a nursing university diploma; and Jean is pursuing his masters degree. For the past 20 years they have pastored 4 different churches, started 15 new churches, and are currently serving as pastors again. they are starting and growing new churches in and around Rwanda in partnership with Come Away Missions.