Greg & Maureen Sanders
- Our Local
- Our Reach
- Our Self
Greg and Maureen Sanders serve in the San Joaquin field of central California. The area is mostly rural and agricultural, with small cities interspersed throughout the field. The region contains a large Hispanic population, and unemployment is often high in these communities.
There are several needs throughout this rural area. Children’s concerns are too often neglected in these communities when parents are struggling economically, spiritually, and emotionally due to addictions, gang affiliations, and poor choices. These children are in desperate need of love and attention, as well as leaders to look up to. There is also a need to share the hope of the gospel with the incarcerated population in area jails.
After seeing the need in their community, particularly with the local children and inmates in county jails, the Sanderses began sharing the gospel through a number of different ministries. Serving the counties of San Joaquin Valley, they lead Bible clubs for children, a ministry through Camp Victory, one-on-one encouragement of believers, assistance to small churches, and Bible studies with men in the county jails.
The Sanderses have served as InFaith field staff since 1979.
Greg grew up in the Arizona border town of Douglas. Having attended Sunday School all of his life, he believed in Christ at the age of thirteen when a missionary presented the gospel at the church he attended. The Lord made significant changes in Greg’s lifestyle as Greg served Him throughout his high school years. In college, Greg helped lead Campus Crusade for Christ at the University of Arizona. In his senior year at Western Baptist Seminary, he responded to the call for full-time Christian work. After receiving his Master of Divinity in 1973, his first assignment was as a youth pastor in Eugene, Oregon.
Maureen grew up in First Covenant Church of Oakland, where her family was active. She prayed to receive Christ with her mother at the age of five, and has fond memories of the church’s youth group as she grew up. Maureen served two summers at Mission Springs and was involved with Campus Crusade for Christ on the UC Davis campus and for a summer in Tahoe. She met Greg at a progressive dinner for the First Covenant college group during her senior year. After graduation, she went on to Cal Poly at San Luis Obispo to get her teaching credential. Maureen and Greg were married in 1973.
In 1979, Greg and Maureen were commissioned as church missionaries with InFaith, pastoring the Snelling Chapel. In 1985, they took on the role of area missionary for the San Joaquin Field, encouraging small, rural churches, conducting children’s outreach ministries, leading Bible studies at the county jail, and working one-on-one with Mexican men. Maureen taught at the Snelling School. In 2014, they continued their ministry as senior field staff with InFaith.
Greg and Maureen have three daughters. Rachel resides with her husband, Jim, and four children in Colorado, where Rachel is a nurse and Jim produces videos for Christian work. Cari lives in Washington with husband, Matt, who is a youth pastor, and their three children. Andrea resides in Colorado with her husband, Scott, and two children, where she serves in the home office of Youth for Christ International, guiding new missionaries onto the foreign field.