Aaron and Nancy served as church planters in Northern Mexico during their first seven years with Missions Door. They took part in starting three new churches in Baja, California and one in Sonora. In 2000 Aaron's ministry increased as he began to serve as the National Ministry Director for the country of Mexico. This included giving oversight to the church planters, both foreign and national, as well as oversight of SEBANO, the Conservative Baptist Seminary in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico. Aaron's ministry with Missions Door continued to grow. Aaron then served as Ministry Director for Asia, Mexico and South America. His ministry included training missionaries and pastors as well as leading short-term mission teams to the various countries where he serves. Today, with over 28 years of service Aaron is the Vice President of Ministry. Provides overall leadership and general oversight in the development of new and existing mission ministries across North America and the world.
Aaron and Nancy Palmatier were both born in California, raised in Catholic homes, and became Christians as young adults. They met while students at California State University in Chico. After graduating in 1985, they went their separate ways.
In 1986, Aaron became associate pastor at Central Baptist Church in Sacramento, California. Moving into an area with a high rate of crime, drugs and prostitution, he began working among young people.
In 1987, Nancy served with the Latin America Mission Spearhead Program in Mexico City. There the Lord gave her a vision for missions and a heart for Latin American people.
Aaron and Nancy met again in 1988. The following year they were married and continued serving as a team in the church where Aaron was ministering. After eight years of ministry in Sacramento, Aaron and Nancy were appointed in 1994 by Missions Door for ministry in Mexico.
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In colorful communities and along scenic highways, diverse people and landscapes span coast to coast
Iconic American traditions include Thanksgiving dinner, jazz music and the Super Bowl. They meld with eclectic examples of multicultural heritage: numerous local Chinatowns, family-owned taquerias and even cowboy boots, which originated among the nomadic Huns of eastern Europe.
The nation's landscape shows just as many contrasts — sandy beaches and rocky coastlines, open plains and vast deserts, rugged mountains and winding canyons, and abundant rivers and lakes.
The ideals of life and liberty that founded the United States have made the country one of the world's most prosperous, though not without dark chapters and present troubles. Crime, discrimination and ethics violations make regular headlines, and many people live below the national poverty level.
Families view education as essential to the pursuit of happiness, if not also a path to wealth and power for the most ambitious. Yet Americans also demonstrate a charitable spirit of generosity toward neighbors and nations in need.
Freedom of religion grants opportunity for all faiths, but Christianity holds particular influence in country's history and daily life.
Your participation with Missions Door supports ministry in the United States among college students, including many international students, in collaboration local churches. It also enables social outreach, church planting and leadership development in a wide variety of communities — among Native Americans and other cultural groups, and in urban and suburban settings where growing and changing demographics create new opportunities for the Gospel.
Aside from the Native American, Native Hawaiian and Native Alaskan populations, nearly all Americans and their ancestors immigrated to the United States.
In a 2013 survey, 56% of Americans said that religion played a "very important role in their lives” — a larger number than any other wealthy nation.
Population: 320 million
Major Religions: 47% Protestant, 23% unaffiliated, 21% Catholic, 6% other
Languages: 82% English, 11% Spanish, various others
Ministry service area:
Arizona, United States