The Mbale Mission Team began in 1995 when Shawn and Linda Tyler moved from Kenya to Uganda. Through the Tylers’ experience, MMT (Mbale Mission Team) has roots that extend back to work in Kenya since 1981.
From the time the Tylers moved to Mbale, MMT has been an ever-growing and changing group of families and singles.
Who Are We?
Shawn and Linda Tyler
Shawn and Linda are the Mbale Team leaders, overseeing and coordinating all of the Mbale ministries. After serving in Kitale, Kenya for 13 years, they moved to Mbale in 1995. Shawn and Linda have two children: Noah (23), who is married to Courtney; and Natalie (19). Shawn holds an M.A. from Abilene Christian University (ACU).
Phillip and Laura Shero
The Sheros are graduates of Harding University in Searcy, AR and joined the Mbale Team in 1998. Phillip holds an M.T.S. from Texas Christian University, and Laura received an M.A. from the University of Texas at Arlington. Phillip is Acting Vice Chancelor for LivingStone International University. Laura is principal of the Mbale Mission School and teaches composition at LivingStone. They have 3 children: Malachi (11), Israel (9), and Annalise (7).
Dennis and Mary Okoth
Dennis is the principal of Messiah Theological Institute. He moved to Mbale in 2007 to assume that post, after having served as a professor at Daystar University in Nairobi. Dennis holds an M.Ed. from Bethel College in Minnesota.
Vince and Joy Vigil
Graduates of Ozark Christian College (OCC) in Joplin, MO, the Vigils moved to Mbale in 2009. Vince directs the Mbale branch of Good News Productions, International (GNPI). Joy coordinates the Deaf ministry. Their children are Elias (1) and Alegra (born August 2011).
Darin and Stephanie Northam
Darin and Stephanie moved to Mbale in June of 2010. They both earned music education degrees from the University of North Texas. Darin received further training in graphic design, and he joins our team as the head of Media Ministry. Stephanie teaches at MMS and leads the sewing-evangelism ministry at MCC. The Northams have 3 children: Micah (9), Bekah (7), and Jessye (4).
Valerie joined the Mbale Team in April 2011 and serves as Administrative Assistant.
What is our Mission?
The Mbale Mission Team, which is made up of a variety of backgrounds within the Restoration Movement, is inter-related in accountability, fellowship, worship, prayer and fasting, and seeks to serve God long-term by preaching and living the good news of Jesus Christ and establishing churches of faithful Christians in every direction and tribe in and from Mbale for as far as the Lord leads.
In spirit we accomplish this by a united emphasis on indigenous mission principles, commitment to national and international unity, and openness to God’s leading through the Spirit.
Practically, we accomplish this through a structured and united program of rural, urban, and educational ministries.
We seek to model Christ in truth, love, honesty, integrity, and open fellowship with our community.
A Growing Team
We are actively recruiting new team members. We especially need more workers with experience in accounting and bookkeeping. We are also recruiting for the position of Mission Trip Coordinator (future link to job description). Contact Shawn Tyler for more information on joining the team.
3 main ministries serve as the foundation of our work. These are Church Planting & Discipleship (CPD), the Mbale Church of Christ (MCC), and Messiah Theological Institute (MTI).
In addition to our Core Ministries, we have a number of other projects and ministries. These include:
- AIDS Orphans Program
- Good News Productions, International (video and media ministry)
- Kitale Children’s Home
- LivingStone International University
- Mbale Mission School
- Eyeglass distribution
- Sudan Mission Station
- Visitors, Interns, and Mission Trips
- Financial Management
- Team Life
- Facilities & Vehicle Maintenance
More information will be available in the future on these other ministries.