Our Generation Training Center

Personal Mentoring | Biblical Instruction | Practical Training

A Call to Missions Is A Call To Prepare

If you feel that God has called you to ministry, your first step is to prepare yourself to do the ministry to which God has called you. The Our Generation Training Center is uniquely designed to provide the training you need.

From the mentorship to the ministry opportunities, every aspect of the OGTC is designed to prepare you. Due to the module based structure of the Training Center, you can begin at any time during the year.

What are you waiting for? There’s a world that is waiting to hear the Gospel. Your time is now.

“The OGTC is the premier place today for biblical and practical training that will equip you to prepare pastors and plant multiple churches.”

– JASON HOLT | MISSIONARY IN SANTIAGO, CHILE

A Word from Our President

We are indeed honored that you would consider the Our Generation Training Center as your place of preparation. The heartbeat of God and of those of us at Vision Baptist Church and the Our Generation Training Center is to reach the world with the gospel message in our generation.

I believe with all of my heart that you could go to no better place to get hands-on training for the ministry. Here the philosophy of ministry will not be so much theory as a way of life. We practice an intense life-on-life discipleship, meaning that we try to disciple the way Jesus did. Christ had an intensely personal interest in relationship with His disciples. This method was good enough for the apostle Paul also, and we strive to follow their practice.

Here you will take academic classes, but much more than that, you will do the ministry. The ministry will cause you to have more questions, pay more attention, and be much more interested in every course of study because not only will you be discussing something you will do one day, you will also be involved in it right now.

I think that it should be made very clear that the Our Generation Training Center is just that – a training center. It’s not a Bible College. We are here to get you involved now in the actual work. We are focused on preparing missionaries to the world, and pastors who will start churches here in the USA.

I hope you will prayerfully consider whether or not the Our Generation Training Center is God’s will for your life. We are here to help you on the way to accomplishing God’s purpose for you.

Austin Gardner
President & Pastor of Vision Baptist Church

A Word from Our Director

I am excited that our God is working in your life to see what you can do to reach others who don’t have the gospel. No doubt, you have a challenge set before you in considering where you will learn how to be best-equipped for your calling. I pray that the Holy Spirit will give you clarity and peace as you make your decision.

It is an honor that you would consider the Our Generation Training Center as a place where you could learn the necessary skills to be a cross-cultural servant.

The OGTC program is designed to produce excellent servant-leaders. While there are many traditional aspects of the college, the goal is not to create a traditional college graduate. The product the OGTC seeks is a graduate who is well-equipped to step right into ministry and who is already an experienced servant-leader. The staff is committed to only working with a small group of students each year to spend the time necessary to accomplish these goals.

Because the OGTC program has been developed to include personal training, students can complete their degree in twoand half years, which includes of six months of on-the- field training.

While the emphasis is placed on world missions and missionary training, the OGTC realizes that not everyone will be going to the foreign field. Therefore, the staff has developed appropriate training in other areas as well. Men training for the pastorate will get the same leadership training and discipleship that missions students do. These students will also benefit from training in a local church ministry that will prepare them for all aspects of starting and pastoring a church in the United States. Ladies will be able to get training for the ministry as well, as there are many different areas of ministry to get involved in. We would love for you to visit the church and school campus, see the ministry at Vision Baptist Church, and have a personal meeting with us.

Robert Canfield
Director of Our Generation Training Center

Our Alumni

The OGTC is very proud of their alumni and what they are doing all across the world. Below are several of the former students who have graduated from the Training Center and gone on to work in the ministry. 

Mark and Natasha Tolson – China & Taiwan

Mark and Natasha met at the Our Generation Training Center as students and since 2009 have served as missionaries to China and Taiwan. Mark and his family spent 8 years in China where they started churches and trained men for the ministry. Recently because of persecution they were forced to move their ministry to Taiwan where they are now in the middle of a church plant. 

You can find out more about Mark and his ministry at https://www.chinaministry.org/

David and Beth Gates – Arabs of America

David graduated from the Our Generation Training Center before serving several years evangelizing and church planting in Cairo Egypt. He recently was blocked from entering Egypt because of his evangelistic work and felt God calling him and his family to a field change. They are now planning on church planting to the Arabs of America in Dearborn, Michigan. 

To can find out more about David and his ministry at https://gatesforarabs.com/

Will and Rebel Hill – Japan

Will graduated from the Our Generation Training Center before along with his wife Rebel raising their support and learning Japanese. They are currently in the middle of two church plants in Nigata Japan. 

You can find out more about Will and his ministry at http://risingsonmission.com/

Aaron and Aubrie Vance – Colombia

Aaron Vance graduated from the Our Generation Training Center. He also served as the spanish pastor at Lighthouse Baptist Church in Dawsonville, GA before he and his wife Aubrie began raising their support to go to Colombia as missionaries. They are now on the field and in the middle of several church plants in the city of Bucaramanga Colombia. 

You can find out more about Aaron and his ministry at https://bemagnified.org/

Ben and Crystal Johnson-China

Ben and Crystal Johnson are missionaries to the country of China . Ben graduated from the Training Center in 2011, and in 2012, he, with his wife Crystal and daughter Evie, went to China to complete their internship. In January 2016, they moved to China to begin language school in Dalian, China. After completing language school they are now church planting in Yantai China

You can find out more about Ben and his ministry at http://abenjohnson.com/

Miguel and Mariangela Sanabria – Colombia

Miguel and Mariangela Sanabria have both graduated from the Our Generation Training Center. Miguel was the first person to be saved out of the ministry of Vision Baptist Church and graduated from the Training Center in 2015. He married Mariangela Sanabria, who graduated in 2011. Miguel served as pastor of Iglesia Bautista Vision, the Spanish church of Vision Baptist Church for one and a half years before he decided to become a missionary in 2015. They are currently planting churches in the country of Colombia.

You can find out more about Miguel and his ministry at http://returntocolombia.org

Kyle and Hannah Shreve – Chile 

Kyle and Hannah Shreve are missionaries to the country of Chile! Kyle is from Maryland and heard about the Training Center from David Gardner at the Our Generation Camp. He graduated from the OGTC in 2011 was married to Hannah in July of 2012.

Micah and Kathryn Rastelli – Bosnia

Micah Rastelli finished the Training Center in 2011, and served in the ministries of Vision Baptist Church as a deacon and children’s pastor prior to becoming a missionary. He and his wife Kathryn were married in 2013 and are currently church planting in the country of Bosnia.

You can find out more about Micah and his ministry at http://Visionsee.org

Beau and Lauryn Carpenter – USA

Beau Carpenter is currently the assistant to the pastor at Newton Baptist Church in Covington, Georgia. He graduated from the Our Generation Training Center in 2015 and got married to Lauryn in August 2015.

You can find out more about Beau and his ministry at http://beaucarpenter.net/

Kanon and Nancy Bloom – China

Kanon graduated the Our Generation Training Center in 2015 after completing a six-month internship in China. He and Nancy met and got married during his time at the Training Center. They recently finished their language school time in Mainland China and plan on church planting in the city of Jinan China. 

Kason and Bethany Bloom – Ecuador

Kason and Bethany both graduated from the training center in 2016. They also met and got married during their time at the training center. They are planning on church planting in the country of Ecuador. They are currently finishing up their language school in the city of Arequipa Peru. 

You can find out more about Kason and his ministry at https://kasonbloom.com/

Jeffery and Mackenzie Brown – India

Jeff Brown graduated the Our Generation Training Center in 2018. He along with his wife Mackenzie began raising their support that same year. They are currently finishing up their deputation and hope to get to the field soon to begin language school. 

You can find out more about Jeffery and his ministry at  https://thatallmayhear.com/

Andrew Wilder – Bolivia

Andrew Wilder graduated the Our Generation Training Center in 2018 after completing a six-month internship in Bolivia. He is currently raising his support to get to the field to begin language school. 

You can find out more about Andrew and his ministry at https://www.wildertobolivia.com/

Nathaniel and Miranda Francis – China

Nate Francis graduated from the Our Generation training center in 2018 after along with his wife Miranda completing a six-month internship in China. Since then they have been raising their support and are planning on getting to the field soon to begin language school. 

You can learn more about Nathaniel and his ministry at https://www.directedtodalian.com/

Jens Looney – Indonesia

Jens Looney graduated the training center in 2019 after finishing a six-month internship in South Africa. He is currently raising his support to take the Gospel to Indonesia. He hopes to finish his support raising soon so that he can get to the field. 

You can find out more about Jens and his ministry at https://www.gospeltoindonesia.com/

Justus and Courtney Mize -Nepal

Justus along with his wife Courtney both graduated from the training center in 2018 after finishing a six-month internship in Nepal. They are now planning to return to Nepal to plant churches. They are currently raising their support and hope to get to the field soon. 

You can find out more about Justus and his ministry at https://nepalinitiative.com/

Robert and Emma Becker – Argentina

Robert Becket graduated the training center in 2019 after along with his wife Emma completing a six-month internship in Buenos Aires Argentina. They currently plan to go back to Argentina to plant churches. They are currently raising their financial support and hope to get to the field soon. 

You can find out more information about Robert and his ministry at https://heisglorified.blog/

Tyler Ellis – Argentina

Tyler graduated from the Our Generation Training Center in 2019 after completing a six-month internship in Buenos Aires Argentina. They plan on going to Argentina to plant churches. He is currently raising his support and hopes to get to the field soon. He is currently engaged to be married to Lydia Bush. 

You can find out more about Tyler and his ministry at https://argentinaministries.net/

Josh and Allie Miller – Peru

Josh graduated from the Our Generation Training Center in 2019. He along with his wife Allie plan to go to Peru to plant churches. They are currently raising their financial support and hope to be on the field soon. 

You can find out more about Josh and his ministry at https://www.millerstoperu.com/

Eric and Rebekah Elrod – India

Eric graduated from the OGTC in 2015, after spending six months in the country of India on his internship.  He married Rebekah in 2015 and they have recently finished language school and plan to begin church planting in New Delhi India