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Shepherd’s Staff is a missions-facilitating organization dedicated to supporting and equipping local churches to send their own members as missionaries. The church is the sender!

We honor the role of the local church as churches provide direction, care, and accountability to their missionaries.  The church determines location and ministry focus under a broad tent of evangelism, discipleship, church planting, and church strengthening.

Our team provides HR support, including W2 employment, donation processing, financial planning, access to insurance and retirement planning, and general administrative services.

Our team offers supportive coaching and practical training to churches in areas such as assessing missionary candidates, guiding missionaries through transition, counseling through conflict or difficulty, and caring well for returning missionaries. We have deep and wide experience through our own service on the field and in the local church.

Churches send missionaries to the nations for the glory of God. We love helping the church send well.


Every local church engaged in global missions through missionary sending

  • Glory of God
  • Atmosphere of Grace
  • Local Church Priority
  • Love Missionaries
  • Innovation
  • Partnership
  • Biblical Stewardship


Glory Of God
Glory of God

Our ultimate desire and passion is to glorify our Missionary God in every way possible.

Atmosphere Of Grace
Atmosphere of Grace

In all of our communication, service, and relationships, we will extend the same “atmosphere” of grace that our God consistently extends to us.

Local Church Priority
Local Church Priority

We will always esteem and reinforce the authority, integrity, and role of the local church as the primary vehicle through which the Missionary God chooses to make disciples of all nations.

Love & Respect Missionaries
Love & Respect Missionaries

We love and value missionaries and we will always desire to demonstrate the love of God in every conceivable way to these special people.

Innovation For Vision Fulfillment
Innovation for Vision Fulfillment

We desire to stimulate innovation and flexibility in fulfilling the vision God has given the local church and its missionaries.

Partnership With The Larger Body
Partnership with the Larger Body

We desire to cultivate and partner with other ministries within the larger body of Christ, reflecting even now the beautiful diversity of His body by participating with others whose passion is also to see Rev. 7:9 become a reality.

Stewardship Before God & Men
Stewardship Before God & Men

We joyfully comply with the stewardship standards contained in God’s word and the financial rules and regulations that our government has established for ministries like ours.


We believe the bible to be the inspired and only infallible, authoritative, inerrant Word of God

1 Tim 3:15-17; 2 Peter 1:19-21

The Virgin Birth.

Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:25-35

Jesus’ Sinless Life.

Hebrews 4:15; 2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 John 3:5

His Miracles.

Matthew 8:1-27; Mark 2:5-12; Acts 2:22-24

His Vicarious and atoning death.

Mark 10:45; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Ephesians 1:7; Hebrews 2:9; 1 Peter 3:18

His Resurrection.

John 2:18-22; Acts 1:3-9; 1 Corinthians 15:1-8; Matthew 24:1-7

His Ascension to the right hand of the Father.

Mark 16:19; Ephesians 1:19-21; Hebrews 12:2

His personal, future return to the earth in power and glory.

Matthew 24:29-30; Matthew 26:64; Acts 1:9-11; Revelation 22:12

In the depravity of man. That man in his essential being is sinful and incapable of meriting God’s favor. We believe that salvation is by grace, through faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross.

In the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; the saved unto everlasting life, and the unsaved unto everlasting damnation.

John 5:24-29; 1 Corinthians 15:51-57; Revelation 20:11-15

In the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.

John 17:2-21; 1 Corinthians 12:12-14; Galatians 3:26-28

In the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a Godly life.

Romans 8:15-16; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20; Galatians 5:16-25; 2 Peter 1:2-4


Tim Hood

Tim Hood is the president & CEO of Shepherd’s Staff. Tim joined the Shepherd’s Staff team in February 2021. For the past 20 years, he has been involved in missions mobilization, coaching, and training. He previously served in the Middle East and North Africa. Tim and his family reside in Knoxville, TN.


John Cook (Board Chair)

John is Executive Pastor at Maranatha Chapel in California.

Jon Hallsted

Jon is President and Founder of HealthBridge Global in California.

Scott Harris

Scott is the Vice President of Church and Global Engagement at Mission Increase in Tennessee.

Kristen White (Board Secretary)

Kristen is Chair and Associate Professor of Intercultural Studies at Belhaven University in Mississippi.

Bonita Wilson

Bonita is Director of Community Engagement at Knox County Association of Baptists in Tennessee.

Nick Yphantides

Nick is a physician and consultant in California.

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