About Missio Dei


Who We Are

It was a normal afternoon when the Mormons came knocking on doors in Pastor Mike Holt’s neighborhood. Seeing their determination and willingness to go to such lengths for what they believed led to one simple revolutionary thought:

“What if we had people willing to do for the truth what others are willing to do for a lie?”

That simple thought evolved into the development of Missio Dei School of Missions and Evangelism in 2009 with an aim to equip young adults with everything they need to be life-long soul winners through hands on ministry experiences all over the nation.

Missio Dei  (pronounced Miss-ee-o Day) is a Latin expression which means the “mission of God.” The Bible shows us that God’s mission is to reach people.

In participation with this mission, we provide young adults with the opportunity to travel for one week, one month, or one year to be personally involved in the evangelization of lost people in a variety of missions contexts.

We believe in the development of the whole person in equipping them to carry the mission of God into whatever direction God leads them. We therefore have a strong focus on discipleship and through targeted classes, small groups, and regular one-on-one meetings with a member of the staff each Journeymen is given everything they need to live out their faith in an authentic and growing relationship with the Lord.

We also believe in not only encouraging believers to share their faith, but equipping them with all the means necessary to do so. When not on the road, our Journeymen take interactive classes in practical evangelism techniques, theology of missions and the Church, and getting answers to the tough questions about Christianity that a lost person might have.

Though the staff of Missio Dei hold credentials with the Assemblies of God and serve as Assemblies of God US Missionaries our students have come to Missio Dei from a variety of Christian denominational affiliations.

If you would like to know more about what Missio Dei and the Assemblies of God believe feel free to read through our Fundamental Truths.  

Want to experience what we do first hand? Mark your calendars for November 6-8 and sign-up for #Encounter15 for a weekend missions experience you will never forget!



Meet the Missio Dei Team

Mike Holt

Mike Holt Founder & President


Formerly a youth pastor, Master’s Commission director, and State Youth Alive missionary, Evangelist Mike Holt has a vision to empower young adults for the greatest missions movement the church has ever seen. He is convicted that Christians must do for the truth what others will do for a lie. From this core value, he launched the Mission of God School of Evangelism in 2009. The Mission of God, Missio Dei, is a missions tour for young adults, where he challenges young people to give a year for missions, but pray for a lifetime! He is also the President of Global Go, a short-term missions experience for all age brackets in the missions context.

A gifted communicator, his preaching is marked by a spirit of revival and passion combined with humor and creativity. He believes in the altar, and seeing the power of the Holy Spirit manifest in the lives of believers. He and his wife Carla currently reside in Macon, GA, and have three children. Their life dream is to empower a generation of soul winners for the largest and most strategic move of evangelism the church has ever seen.

Kyle and Casey Semple

Kyle and Casey Semple Staff Discipler

Kyle and Casey started out as journeymen during the pilot year of Missio Dei and now serve in a discipleship, teaching and administrative role within the ministry. They lead a regular kid’s outreach called Kidz Kraze that brings the Gospel to local kids in a fun and energetic way right in their own backyard. They have a huge heart for raising up the next generation of soul winners through Missio Dei and the development of Reach the City and teach a weekly class on Apologetics to empower the journeymen with the tools they need to defend their faith and share it with others.

Kyle blogs about life and the pursuit of God at Its That Semple and about creative ways to share our faith at Interacting With Humans

Skyler Cole

Skyler Cole Staff Discipler

Skyler Cole traveled with us many years ago for the first Summer Tour we hosted in 2011. Since then he has earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Preaching from Central Bible College and we are happy to have him back to join the staff. During that Summer Tour he had the opportunity to be a camp counselor for the first time and developed a heart for discipleship. His passion is to help others in developing their personal lives as well as their walk with God.

Jessica Riner

Jessica Riner Director of Missions

At the age of 17, Jessica was called into the ministry. She received a B.A. in Church Ministries with a concentration in Missions from Southeastern University. For 9 years Jessica served as a youth pastor in Soperton, GA. She also served as one of the sectional youth representatives for GA. Jessica has been actively involved serving missionaries at home and abroad for the past 16 years. In 2010, God opened the door for her to become the Missions Director for Mission of God Ministries in Macon, GA. In December of 2011 Jessica began a new journey in marriage to Ken Riner. Jessica and Ken are passionate about linking arms with pastors and missionaries across America and around the world to see the Kingdom of God advance.


Join The Journey


Grow as you Go


The Missio Dei ONE year Journey is designed for individuals between the ages of 18 and 22 who desire to be used by God in fulfilling the Great Commission in whatever direction God calls them- whether full time ministry, college, or the work-force.

Our students are called “Journeymen” because we fully believe that GOING into all the world to make disciples is the best way to ensure that you are GROWING in your relationship with God. We provide an atmosphere for each Journeymen to discover God’s call on their life and begin to take steps toward reaching that call as they are personally involved in the evangelization of thousands of people all over the nation and even the world.

While at home, the Journeymen are radically discipled in a community of like-minded believers and trained in such topics as evangelism, missiology, and apologetics as well as ministry training related to specific ministry contexts.

Upon completion of a year at Missio Dei, each Journeymen will have finished half of the first level of credentialing courses with the Assemblies of God and have built a solid foundation for their faith that will be with them the rest of their lives.

Join The Journey!   Apply Now

I could go on for days about what God has done in me these last five years, how I have grown and been discipled, and how much fun it has all been but the reality is that the best part of Missio Dei is the amount of people we have had the opportunity to reach in the process.

Kyle (staff and former journeymen) staff and former journeymen

This year was not what I expected but was exactly what I needed. God met me in ways that I didn’t even know I needed. I thought my relationship to God was totally OK but now I have a whole new hunger and desire for God that I have never had before.


It was just phenomenal what God did. He is ministering to me while I go out and minister to others.


Staff Discipler

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Staff Discipler


Staff Disciplers lead our Journeymen on missions tours!

The staff discipler is a role vitally essential to the success of Missio Dei and is intended to be fulfilled by college graduates who feel called to ministry with a strong emphasis in missions and evangelism. They must have a passion for mentoring and role modeling a Christ centered life in everything they do in order to serve and be an example to the journeymen they serve.

The staff discipler position is very flexible in its definition and ultimately serves the ministry and staff of Mission of God ministries in whatever capacity deemed necessary. Essentially, the staff discipler is responsible for maintaining a healthy spiritual environment both at “home” and “abroad” for the journeymen to grow in their walk with the Lord and in their relationship to the staff, their fellow journeymen, and the ministry to which they are responsible.

This includes but is not limited to:

-Handling the logistics of traveling with the team under the direction of the Executive staff and driving the journeymen in the ministry vans to the various ministry locations. The Staff Discipler becomes the point person between the missionary or church we are working with and the journeymen.

-Building personal relationships with the Journeymen in order to mentor them to growth, hold them accountable in whatever area they might be struggling, and better intercede for their needs.

-Lead regular small group discussions and Bible studies both at home and in the office setting for corporate teaching and accountability. There also may be opportunities for the Staff Discipler to preach chapel services and teach a class.

-Maintain a community within the Team while traveling as well as address any issue which may prevent the journeymen from performing their designated ministry task whether spiritual, relational, or otherwise.

-Assist in some of the many administrative tasks involved in the health of Missio Dei.

Staff Disciplers must raise support prior to joining our team to cover the cost of housing, food, and travel. The amount required is determined on a case by case basis.

Become a Staff Discipler        Apply Now


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