Tim and Rachael Suddarth

Missionary Profile

Ministry Focus

Tim spent six years in ministry with the Baptist Student Union at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri. While there, Tim and Rachael helped lead the ministry though a transition from a small inward-focused ministry to a growing evangelistic ministry that had significant impact on the campus community. Missions Door appointed Tim to campus ministry in May 2002 as part of a ministry partnership between Missions Door and Truman Baptist Student Union. With friends from Truman, Tim and Rachael helped plant Damascus Road Tucson, a campus-focused community of faith in Tucson, Arizona. After serving for five years in Tucson, Tim and Rachael started a new campus-focused community of faith in the Quad Cities of Iowa and Illinois. Damascus Road Quad Cities has a presence on the Augustana College campus in Rock Island, Illinois with plans to expand to other Quad City universities. Universities are the training ground for the future leaders of our world. This presents a great opportunity to bring Christ into a culture that will transform the world. Tim and Rachael actively teach and share God's love to all members of the campus community.

Faith Story

Tim grew up in a Christian home and accepted Christ at an early age. His faith became real to him during college where he developed gifts in leadership, teaching and administration while serving in campus ministry. He enjoys creating new things, reading, drinking hot chocolate and engaging in conversations about culture, faith and friendship. Rachael was also raised in a Christian home. She embraces an honest relationship with Christ in the tradition of Israel's King David, not fearing to question what others accept. She enjoys crafting moments for others to realize God through art, word and culture, and has a special heart for mentoring young women.

Family

Tim and Rachael met while serving at the Baptist Student Union and were married in August of 2003. They continue to serve together in ministry, looking for opportunities to share God's love, not only at Augustana, but also at St. Ambrose University, where Rachael works as an Assistant Professor. Their daughter Aurora was stillborn in July 2008, their son Eli was born in April 2010, their son Ian was born in March 2012, and their son Bigby was born in June 2014.

Education

Tim: M.A. in Biblical Leadership from Phoenix Seminary Rachael: Ph.D. in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences from the University of Arizona

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Learn more about where this ministry happens

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.

Cultural Snapshot

Aside from the Native American, Native Hawaiian and Native Alaskan populations, nearly all Americans and their ancestors immigrated to the United States.

Faith Fact

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.

Country Profile

Population: 320 million

Major Religions: 47% Protestant, 23% unaffiliated, 21% Catholic, 6% other

Languages: 82% English, 11% Spanish, various others

Literacy: 99%

Poverty: 16%

 

 

Ministry service area:
Campus Ambassadors

Ministry location:
Iowa, United States