Nations Reach has been a vision and passion in the heart of Dan and LaVonne Peterson since 1983 when they returned to the United States following 11 years of missionary service in Indonesia.
Dan’s entire life has revolved around missions. Both his grandparents Morgan and Mable Peterson as well as his parents Don and Carol Peterson were missionaries to Indonesia for over 35 years. Dan spent the first 15 years of his life in North Sulawesi, Indonesia, taking an English correspondence course through his Junior High class. Upon completion of High School in the United States Dan attended and graduated from the Pentecostal Bible School of East Java.
In 1971 he was married to his wife LaVonne and they both studied at and received diplomas from Bethel Temple Bible School in Seattle, Washington. The following year Dan and LaVonne left for Indonesia as full time missionaries where for 11 years they directed the North Sumatra Pentecostal Bible School.
During their 25 years of pastoring churches in the States, the Petersons have taken every opportunity possible to reach less-visited regions and countries, equipping and encouraging church leaders, often bring teams of pastors and teachers with them.
From 2003 – 2012 Dan and LaVonne served as Missions Pastors at The City Church in Kirkland, Washington under the leadership of Pastor Wendell and Gini Smith, traveling extensively conducting leader seminars and taking teams of Bible School interns for mission encounters. These teams have ministered in Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, India, Sri Lanka, Mexico, Uganda, Holland and Senegal.
Today the Petersons with blessing and encouragement of pastor Judah and Chelsea Smith, represent the City Church as full time missionaries. Numerous mission trips per year are particularly designed to help pastors and leaders in third world countries as well as expose United States pastors and teachers to ministry on the mission field.