Their Ministry Focus
As regional coordinators for Europe and the Middle East, Patrick and Jamie travel extensively throughout the region, working in collaboration with national leaders to develop regional ministry strategies and country-specific strategies, cultivating relationships within the Church of God across Europe and the Middle East, connecting the church across the region. They also oversee projects and missionaries in the region, providing pastoral care and supervision.
Patrick and Jamie, and their entire team, commonly known as the Three Worlds team, focus ministry through a prism of three points: They work to engage young people in cross-cultural ministry; support empowered and accountable leaders, especially under the age of 45; and create interconnectivity within churches, countries, and the entire region.
Regional coordinators since 2010, the Nachtigalls have extensive experience as missionaries and a deep understanding of missions and of global culture. Previously, they served with Global Missions for nine years as missionaries in Hong Kong, with outreach into mainland China as well. And both Patrick and Jamie grew up on the mission field, though on opposite sides of the world. Patrick is a third-generation missionary, the son of Church of God missionaries Harry and Jene Nachtigall. Costa Rican by birth, he grew up in Coast Rica and later returned to the States in middle school, living in Portland, Oregon. Jamie, also a third-generation missionary, grew up in Cairo, Egypt, the daughter of missionaries Russ and Sharon Skaggs, returning to the U.S. during her high school years.
Both graduated from Anderson University. Patrick also holds a master’s degree from Yale University, where he studied the role of Christianity during the process of modernization in the People’s Republic of China. During this time, Jamie worked for the Yale University Art Museums as the membership coordinator.
From early childhood, Patrick has been obsessed with airplanes and flying, an obsession which continues. From childhood, he also experienced a strong call to missions in China. Between the two of them, the Nachtigalls have traveled to more than seventy countries and lived in six different regions of the world. Patrick is also the author of five books, used in colleges and seminaries in various countries, dealing with the interaction of globalization and religion, particularly Christianity. They are the parents of a engaging teenage son.
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