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Jerid Klassen

Home Church: Faith, St. Thomas, ON

Significant Dates:
∙ Accepted into the Launch program in 2016.


Jerid was born and raised in a Christian home and came to know Christ as his Lord and Savior at the age of 10. He was baptized a year later, but it wasn’t until five years later that Jerid made a concerted effort to really seek after God. He realized that instead of putting his faith in God and trusting in Him, he was more focused on himself and worldly values.

Soon after recommitting himself to the Lord, he began to make serious changes and watched as his life transformed. He began reading His Bible and spending time with God, devoting himself to doing God's will. In his grade 11 year he went on a short-term missions trip to Dominican Republic, and it was here that he first understood that God had something better planned for him than just living a self-focused life. In his final year of high school he began a Christian Fellowship group at a predominately atheist school.

He graduated high school and was on his way to post-secondary education, when God redirected his life with a job offer for the year which he accepted. During this year he was able to take a short-term missions trip to Guatemala. Nearing the completion of his year-long work contract, Jerid was still unsure about his next step and what God would have him do. It was then that he discovered Fellowship International’s LAUNCH program while attending a youth conference. Launch is a guided missions internship program focused on preparing the next generation as they discover God’s mission, develop as servants, and discern His leading. Jerid felt the Lord nudging him to seriously consider the program.

Jerid was accepted into the program and began his internship in September 2016. He is serving for six months at his home church (Faith Baptist, St. Thomas) and then will serve six months in Indonesia beginning in February 2017. He will minister alongside Fellowship International missionaries, Edwin and Helmi Karwur. While in Indonesia, Jerid will use ESL as a tool to encourage and enhance ministry in Manado through the Indonesian Theological Seminary, established churches and church plants.