Pioneers, Inc.

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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 32827-6020


Phone: (407) 382-6000

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 521206938

CEO/President: Mr. Steve Richardson

Chairman: Mr. Chi-Chung Keung

Board size: 13

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 uses the following to communicate its mission:

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

Statement of faith

Pioneers uses the following to express its statement of faith:

WE BELIEVE that the Holy Scriptures, consisting of 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 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 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 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 in the spiritual unity of all true believers, the universal Church, the Body of Christ.

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 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.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Foreign Missions

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating576 of 103366 of 124
Fund acquisition rating564 of 103566 of 124
Resource allocation rating549 of 103564 of 124
Asset utilization rating548 of 103370 of 124

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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
Revenues and expenses
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.

Program accomplishments

The following are some of the ministry's accomplishments:

  1. Innovative businesses resulting in Asian church-plants and a growing church in an Eastern European city.

  2. Maintaining steady and strong growth during a time of overall weakness in personnel recruitment among mission agencies; IFMA statistics show PIONEERS among the top organizations of its kind in North America.

  3. Eighty-one candidates were appointed to missionary service in 1999.

  4. A significant recent milestone was the appointment of Steve Richardson as U.S. Director/President. His leadership experience and knowledge of PIONEERS will be invaluable as he leads PIONEERS-USA into the new millennium.

  5. The completion and occupancy of the 10,000 square foot US headquarters office. This building has been fully funded.

    PIONEERS programs and services include evangelism and church planting, ministry to constituents, training, short-term overseas ministries, and membership development.

    Following are explanations of how PIONEERS implements each of these methods. The percentages refer to the approximate proportion of total time/energy/money expended on each method.

    METHOD 1 (40%). Friendship Evangelism.

    The missionaries' task is to build relationships with local people as a natural part of their ministry. It is out of these relationships that people come to know Christ. This approach begins with language and culture learning and continues through the daily activities of life as a missionary.

    METHOD 2 (30%). Disciple New Believers.

    The process of discipling begins as part of evangelism and continues after conversion until the new believer is mature enough to take on the responsibilities of discipleship. Every context will present different challenges to the discipling process, but the goal of mature believers is the same.

    METHOD 3 (15%). Develop Local Church Leadership.

    As churches are formed through the evangelism and discipleship, leadership must be identified and developed in order to guide the church. These are critical responsibilities of each missionary and church leader. Developing leadership includes the ongoing mentoring of the leaders, education and training, and developing programs and structures to facilitate the growth of the church. Typically, this process starts soon after the new believers show evidence of gifting in areas of leadership.

    METHOD 4 (15%). Community and Economic Development and Education.

    A natural part of the missionary task is demonstrating the love of God within the communities in which the missionary works. The goal of community development is to facilitate projects which empower individuals and bring sustainable development to the wider community. Development projects include educational programs, health, agriculture, natural resource development, small businesses and a range of other projects within the context of a local community.


PIONEERS expresses its needs as follows:

PIONEERS wants to glorify God in places where the name of Christ has not been known. This will only happen as we move forward as people of prayer. PIONEERS is trusting God for significant new breakthroughs in days to come. Your prayers are vital. Daily prayer requests can be obtained by requesting the PIONEERS Touch the World prayer guide.

PIONEERS mobilizes teams of missionaries to go where there are no churches capable of reaching the people for whom Christ died. We are not dissuaded by the difficulties in achieving our mission, no matter how large they seem. We will use innovative means to enter and stay until people are presented with the gospel and brought to a saving knowledge of Christ. Our commitment does not stop there. We are called to see those new believers formed into churches with a clear vision and understanding of how to further the mission by planting other churches among their own people and beyond. PIONEERS workers serve God in over 45 countries. We invite you to join us in fulfilling this exciting task. We have long-term, short-term, and summer opportunities.

PIONEERS ministries are funded through the faithful contributions of individuals, churches, businesses, and foundations. Funding opportunities are available for both field and administrative needs.