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Pioneers mobilizes teams to glorify God among unreached peoples by initiating church-planting movements in partnership with local churches.

OUR STORY

God has truly blessed Pioneers since its founding more than 35 years ago. Today we have 3,122 international members serving on 315 teams in 108 countries among 207 unreached people groups. Pioneers partners with more than 2,000 churches to send these missionaries to least-reached peoples.

1970
Ted Leaves Wall Street Journal
1976
Ted Fletcher leaves his position of national sales manager for The Wall Street Journal.
Ted & Peggy Find Pioneers
1979
With the backing of their local church, Ted and his wife, Peggy, step out in faith and found Pioneers.

First Pioneers missionary, Ruth Wright, leaves for Nigeria
1980
First Pioneers team commissioned to Papua New Guinea.
1980
First Pioneers team commissioned to Papua New Guinea.
1990
1992
Pioneers moves from Sterling, VA to Orlando, FL. Pioneers workers instrumental in establishing international church in Ankara, Turkey.
1994
World Outreach Fellowship merges with Pioneers. The organization also establishes mobilization bases in Canada and Africa.
1997
1997
Asia Pacific Christian Mission and South Pacific Partners (formerly, South Sea Evangelical Mission) link with Pioneers to become mobilization bases in Australia and New Zealand.
1999
Pioneers establishes mobilization bases in Singapore and Europe. Also Steve Richardson, missionary to one of the largest unreached people groups in the world and area director of Island Southeast Asia, becomes president of Pioneers-USA.
2000
2001
Action Partners, an international mission agency, merges its offices in Australia and New Zealand into Pioneers; and a new mobilization office for Latin America opens in Brazil.
Pioneers cofounder, TedFletcher, finishes well.
2003
Pioneers cofounder, TedFletcher, finishes well.
2004
Pioneers sends first worker to security sensitive country in the Middle East.
2006
International Leadership Conference gathers 325 leaders from around the globe to focus on “From the Whole Church to the World.”
2008
Pioneers hosts its first-ever mission conference, Story '08. 500 gathered to meet Pioneers personnel from around the world to discover their role in God's global drama.
2009
Ameritribes, an organization with 75 years of effective ministry among Native peoples in North America, merges with Pioneers.
2010
2010
Arab World Ministries joins Pioneers, bringing 400 members and 130 years of ministry experience in the Arab world to the organization. Their addition increases the Pioneers workforce among Muslims from 50 to 61 percent of total personnel.
2014
The Pioneers' US family reaches 1,649 workers and the international movement totals 2,985. Together, personnel serve on 289 teams in 103 countries.
2024