Gary & Janet Goodge - France
Retired, April 2019
About Gary and Janet
In 1981, Gary and Janet Goodge met and married while he was a youth pastor at Grace Baptist Church in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The path that brought them together was worlds apart.
Gary was raised as an MK, son of Freeman and Martha Goodge, missionaries to Anguilla, West Indies. After high school, in the West Indies, he returned to the States to attend Tennessee Temple for college and seminary work. He was asked, during that time, to join the staff at Grace Baptist as youth pastor.
Janet saw many other parts of the world, as her Dad was with the US Air Force. On her Dad's last assignment in Alabama, she joined many from her youth group in coming to Tennessee Temple for college. Her family later moved to Chattanooga, where they began attending Grace Baptist... Janet then met and married Gary, the red-haired youth pastor, and as they say, the rest is history.
Gary and Janet Goodge joined TITUS in 2008. They are located in the southeast of France, an hour northeast of Marseille and 1 hour 15 minutes west of Nice. Grace Baptist commissioned the Goodge's in 1982 as missionaries to French Guiana. After 19 years of planting churches there and in France, they spent five years recruiting and mobilizing missionaries. But, now, France calls again.
"With the blessing of our sending church, we begin a new missions endeavor with TITUS. Working closely with French pastor, Christian LeFebvre, Janet and I will assist his church in a church-planting movement in Southeast France. An excellent French mission board there will also partner with TITUS and us to establish churches and train French national believers to minister to their own people.
France is where God has equipped us to minister best. Our love for France and her people, our language acquisition, French resident status, and ministry experience are our motivation and ticket to return. We are presently seeking prayer and financial partners who share our vision for reaching France. Please pray for us as we begin Titus' first work in France."