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Founded in 1979 by former businessman Ted Fletcher and his wife, Peggy, Pioneers partners with local churches to make disciples and initiate church-planting movements among unreached peoples. The unreached are cultural and ethnic groups without a self-sustaining witness to the gospel in their own cultures.

From business and education to healthcare, agriculture, the arts, and more, our 3,000 global members use their diverse gifts and experience to serve in needy communities. As they do, they see God transform lives across cultures and people groups everywhere.

Contact information

Mailing address:
10123 William Carey Dr.
Orlando, FL 32832


Phone: (407) 382-6000

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 521206938

CEO/President: Steve Richardson

Chairman: Howard Costley

Board size: 15

Founder: Ted and Peggy Fletcher

Ruling year: 1981

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 09/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1987


Whether in sprawling cities or rural villages, our teams make their homes in unreached contexts and learn new languages. They use innovative and creative means to build relationships and make disciples. They introduce people to the Bible and share the gospel in culturally understandable ways.

We work in partnership with the local church. Each missionary is commissioned by a sending church. The sacrificial gifts of friends, family, and churches provide financial support. This makes it possible for cross-cultural missionaries to work alongside local believers with a heart to see disciples making disciples, worldwide.

Mission statement

Pioneers mobilizes teams to glorify God among unreached peoples by initiating church planting movements in partnership with local churches.

Statement of faith

We believe in one God, Creator of all things, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

We believe in our Lord Jesus Christ, God manifest in the flesh, His virgin birth, sinless life, divine miracles, vicarious and atoning death on the cross, bodily resurrection, ascension and exaltation, mediatorial work, and personal, imminent, and visible return in power and glory.

We believe in God the Holy Spirit, who indwells all believers, enabling them to live holy lives and to witness and work for the Lord Jesus Christ despite opposition from the world, the flesh and Satan.

We believe that the Holy Scriptures, consisting of the Old and New Testaments, were originally given by God, divinely inspired, without error, infallible, and are entirely trustworthy and the supreme authority in all matters of faith and practice.

We believe that Adam and Eve, created in the image of God, were tempted by Satan, the god of this world, and fell; that their sin has passed to all people, who as a result are lost, are unable to save themselves from the wrath of God, and need to be saved.

We believe that salvation is a gift of God to those who repent and personally believe in Jesus Christ; that it is accomplished by God's grace through the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ and regeneration by the Holy Spirit.

We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of eternal life with God, they that are lost unto the resurrection of eternal condemnation separated from God.

We believe in the spiritual unity of all true believers, the Universal Church, the Body of Christ.

We believe that Christ commanded the Church to go into all the world and make disciples of all peoples, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and teaching those who believe to obey all that Christ commanded.

Our Position on Secondary Issues

Pioneers is an international fellowship comprised of evangelicals drawn from many different churches and backgrounds. Our desire is to work in harmony with our national church partners and Christian colleagues on the basis of essential doctrines as found in our Statement of Faith. These are doctrines on which, historically, there has been general agreement among all true followers of Christ.

In matters not addressed by our Statement of Faith, Pioneers acknowledges differing points of view provided they are based on the Bible as supreme authority, and that no interpretation or practice will undermine the work of the gospel or the unity among those with whom we serve. We seek to live, work and relate to one another in a spirit of love and humility, as outlined in Romans 14, 1 Corinthians 13 and other passages.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Foreign Missions

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating700 of 111388 of 146
Fund acquisition rating518 of 111470 of 146
Resource allocation rating625 of 111480 of 146
Asset utilization rating755 of 111393 of 146

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$0$0$0$0$0
Short-term investments$42,025,035$22,705,553$22,915,769$22,899,030$21,252,301
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$48,271,130$30,570,454$23,889,747$24,147,502$23,083,216
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$17,605,767$17,327,967$17,877,510$18,374,178$18,790,553
Other long-term assets$965,851$942,304$942,572$1,847,360$1,294,369
Total long-term assets$18,571,618$18,270,271$18,820,082$20,221,538$20,084,922
Total assets$66,842,748$48,840,725$42,709,829$44,369,040$43,168,138
Payables and accrued expenses$3,548,998$2,521,217$3,646,377$1,740,991$1,389,385
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$3,548,998$2,521,217$3,646,377$1,740,991$1,389,385
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$0$2,447,465$0$2,950,000$3,500,000
Total liabilities$3,548,998$4,968,682$3,646,377$4,690,991$4,889,385
Net assets20212020201920182017
Without donor restrictions$56,486,271$38,480,969$34,387,848$16,499,940$15,759,354
With donor restrictions$6,807,479$5,391,074$4,675,604$23,178,109$22,519,399
Net assets$63,293,750$43,872,043$39,063,452$39,678,049$38,278,753
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Total contributions$74,469,050$68,677,028$66,593,558$64,381,310$59,540,335
Program service revenue$0$726,328$1,418,161$1,343,917$1,227,944
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$4,764,766$1,842,803$1,199,265$1,409,682$2,303,330
Other revenue$12,132,444$754,481$786,618$486,488$296,107
Total other revenue$16,897,210$3,323,612$3,404,044$3,240,087$3,827,381
Total revenue$91,366,260$72,000,640$69,997,602$67,621,397$63,367,716
Program services$60,056,950$55,907,441$59,085,860$55,111,445$51,119,019
Management and general$7,918,144$7,777,091$7,701,684$7,103,841$7,169,938
Total expenses$71,944,553$67,192,049$70,612,199$66,222,101$61,519,712
Change in net assets20212020201920182017
Surplus (deficit)$19,421,707$4,808,591($614,597)$1,399,296$1,848,004
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$19,421,707$4,808,591($614,597)$1,399,296$1,848,004


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PIONEERS was founded in 1976 by Ted and Peggy Fletcher. In 1994, World Outreach Fellowship merged with PIONEERS, and today the organization continues to grow as it brings the gospel to unreached people groups.

Ted met Christ at a Billy Graham Campaign during the Korean War. At that time he began thinking about God's concern for all peoples and began praying for a part in reaching people of other cultures with the gospel. As a promise, God gave him Psalm 2:8, "Ask of me, and I shall give thee the nations for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession." From a successful business career and a rise to the position of national sales manager with the Wall Street Journal, Ted and Peggy stepped out in faith to found a new mission agency-PIONEERS. Their vision was to mobilize missionaries to reach the unreached peoples of the world.

1976 Founded as World Evangelical Outreach in Sterling, VA by Ted and Peggy Fletcher

1979 First career missionaries sent to Nigeria

1979 First summer missionaries sent to Papua New Guinea

1980 Opened the field of Papua New Guinea under the direction of Asia Pacific Christian Mission (APCM)

1982 PIONEERS-India began, a ministry by nationals

1983 First Candidate Orientation Program held

1984 Name changed to PIONEERS

1988 John Fletcher appointed as Executive Director

1992 Relocated U.S. mobilization base from Washington, D.C. to Orlando, FL

1993 International Leadership Team established

1994 Incorporated World Outreach Fellowship into PIONEERS ministries

1994 PIONEERS-Canada became a mobilization base

1994 PIONEERS-USA purchased property in Orlando, FL for future headquarters/training site

1994 Began process of formally internationalizing the mission

1994 PIONEERS-Africa established, based in Ghana, West Africa

1997 Cooperation of Asia Pacific Christian Mission and South Pacific Partners to form PIONEERS of Australia and PIONEERS-New Zealand

1998 Dr. C. Douglas McConnell appointed first International Director.

1998 PIONEERS-USA moves into new administrative facilities.

1999 Steve Richardson appointed as U.S. Director/President.

2001- Action Partners, an Australian mission agency, joins the Pioneers family, and a new mobilizatio base begins in Brazil.

2002- Pioneers sends 162 summer missionaries and dedicates the Frizen Missionary Training Center.

2003- John Fletcher begins term as Pioneers sencond international director.

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