EMU’s U.S. Workers & Board Members
The missionaries of EMU are supported primarily by U.S. churches and individuals. The mission’s main office is in Taylors, SC (just outside Greenville, SC). The office is run by the mission director, Ken Jensen, assisted by his wife, Joan, and another full-time worker. Jeff Davis also works out of EMU’s home office. Jeff is currently the Assistant Director and does some traveling representing EMU’s ministries in Uruguay.
Also in the Greenville area is the retired President of the Board, George Jensen, and his wife, Marilyn. EMU’s full-time representative couple, Mel and Jan Wingrove, live in North Carolina. The members of the Board of Directors are listed at the bottom of this page.
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Ken & Joan Jensen
Upon his graduation from Bob Jones University in January 1976, Ken and his wife, Joan, entered the ministry of EMU. Three years prior to this step Ken had visited Uruguay for the first time with his parents, brother, and sister. It was during that time that the Lord laid the burden of Uruguay on his heart. In his last semester of college, Ken felt the Lord’s definite leading into the work of EMU. Before that time his parents, George and Marilyn, had prayed that the Lord would raise up someone to free them from the office work so they could travel together. They didn’t know at that time that they were raising the one whom God would use to answer their prayers.
Ken was the office administrator as well as a representative for the ministries in Uruguay until 1988 when he was appointed the director of the mission. Ken travels to Uruguay at least once each year for the annual missionary conference with the Uruguayan nationals, and at other times to help with work projects at Camp Emmanuel and in EMU churches. Ken visits the other EMU fields on a rotating basis.
During Ken’s years as director, EMU has expanded beyond the borders of Uruguay to also include missionaries serving in Cambodia, China, Chile, Croatia, France, India, Mexico, Peru, and the 10/40 Window. This expansion necessitated that the mission’s name be changed from Evangelical Mission to Uruguay to EMU International. Outside of Uruguay, EMU stands for Evangelical Mission to the Unreached.
Since 1990 Joan has also worked in the home office. She is currently the office administrator and travels with Ken to visit EMU’s missionaries on the field.
Ken and Joan have three adult children: Caroline, Charity (also with EMU serving in China), and Joshua (also with EMU serving in Cambodia).
Jeff & Joanna Davis
Jeff and Joanna both grew up in Christian homes and were saved as children. Joanna’s dad, Gene Jeffers, pastors the Forest Park Baptist Church in Terre Haute, Indiana. Upon graduation from Terre Haute Christian School, Joanna attended Tennessee Temple University and received her degree in Education. Jeff was saved after hearing a message by Evangelist J. Harold Smith, his grandfather’s first cousin. Shortly after his salvation, Jeff’s family helped establish University Baptist Church in Clemson, SC. Upon graduation from Seneca High School, Jeff attended Bob Jones University where he received B.A. and M.A Degrees in Pastoral Theology. Jeff and Joanna met at the Wilds Christian Camp where they served together for several summers. They were married in August of 1989.
Jeff has experience as a church planter having started the Harvest Baptist Church of Rock Hill, SC. He also served as the senior pastor of Tabernacle Baptist Church in Wilson, NC, and Oakwood Baptist Church of Anderson, SC. Each of his churches have been known for their strong missionary programs. Jeff has had the privilege of traveling to several foreign mission fields. In 2015, after serving in the pastorate for twenty-five years, the Lord began to work in Jeff’s heart in the area of missions as the next step in his ministerial journey. Through much prayer and godly counsel, God led Jeff to become the assistant director in training of EMU International.
Jeff and Joanna have four children. Caleb, who is married; Bethany and Abby, who are students at Bob Jones University; and Hannah who is still at home.
Jeff has had the privilege of preaching in Christian School chapels, at Christian Camps, Missions Conferences, Revival Meetings, and Family Conferences. He is also available for meetings to promote the work of EMU International. For more information you may visit his personal website pastorjeffdavis.com or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mel & Jan Wingrove
Mel was raised in a Christian home in Connellsville, PA, where he and his family attended a local Baptist church. In the 5th grade, he attended a Bible study at his public school, and it was there that he trusted Christ as his Savior. Jan grew up in a church that did not believe that young children could be saved; however, her mother, who became a Christian as a child, led her to the Lord when Jan was in elementary school. Because of her church’s teaching, Jan had many doubts about her salvation until, as a freshman at Bob Jones University, she finally settled the matter with the Lord.
Mel and Jan were married in 1965, the same year Mel graduated with a Bible degree from BJU. Jan received her Education degree the following year, also from BJU.
They both taught in several Christian schools after graduation. In the 1970s the school at which they were teaching took a group of young people to the Wilds Christian Camp in Brevard, NC. It was there that the Wingroves heard George Jensen, the summer missionary speaker, teach on missions. The Wingroves signed up for the EMU Newsletter and followed the ministry over the years through this paper.
In 1980 Mel began pastoring Flatwoods Baptist Church in Vanderbilt, PA. Believing that the Lord was leading them out of the pastorate, Mel resigned his position in 2000, and the Wingroves moved to Leicester, NC. In 2001 the Wingroves read in the EMU Newsletter of the mission’s need for a field representative. Mel and Jan have been traveling around the USA presenting the work of EMU International since 2002. (To set up a service in your church for the Wingroves, please contact the main office.)
The Wingroves have two adult daughters: Lisa and Rebekah.
EMU Board of Directors
Director and President
Vice-President of the Board
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Assistant Director of EMU