But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.

Acts 1:8

Jesus‘ final directive to His followers and encouragement in how to carry out His command is found in Acts 1:8, You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be my Witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the ends of the earth. By Jesus‘ command we are to share the Gospel of salvation through Jesus Christ to our local neighbors AND around the world.
Some believers feel they are not called to share the Good News but Acts 1:8 is clear...
The command is for each and every one of us!

The Power to witness comes only through the Holy Spirit Himself. Each of us received the same Holy Spirit at our salvation. Peter said in Acts 2:38, Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The guidance to witness comes from the Holy Spirit. Acts 16:6, They passed through Phrygian and Galatian region, having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia.

Acts 1:8 passage drives our strategy to pray, give, and go to our Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and the Ends of the Earth and the Holy Spirit empowers us!
The missions team  helps church members fulfill the Great Commission. Our team is here to support members in mobilization both domestically and internationally with the good news of Jesus Christ. Take a look at the Missions Magazine and see the many ways God is at work!
Adult missions focus classes are provided at various times throughout the year to help teach, encourage and prepare adults to share the Gospel. Stay tuned for more info on upcoming classes.
One of our primary goals at Canaan is connecting people to purpose. Our focus is to serve God through church and community outreach, both locally and globally.

Local Missions Partners

Connecting to purpose in our city & community.

People throughout the St. Louis area need to experience God‘s love and hear His message of salvation for their lives. We must be Christ's hands and feet to them! The groups and organizations listed below are part of Canaan's outreach to share the Gospel and the love of Christ with our community.

Oasis International 

On mission to love and care for those who seek refuge from a war torn country.

Message and a Meal

Sharing God's message of love with the homeless and addicted in downtown St. Louis, MO.

Sin Fronteras

This ministry shares the Gospel and resources with the Hispanic community in Fairmont, Illinois.

Hand 'n Hand Pregnancy Help Center

On mission to assist people in times of crisis, to make decisions that are clothed in mercy, born of ultimate truth and blanketed in the life-giving message of Jesus.

Senior Community Outreach

Our Senior Adult outreach team ministers to the senior community through praise and worship in song and reading of the Word at local senior facilities. Contact Pastor Ed Vaughan for more information about worship service times and locations.

Feed My People

We partner with Feed My People, a local assistance center to provide clothes and food to those in need. Join us in our efforts by collecting the items on our shopping list and donating each month. Drop-off barrel is located in the church atrium.

Global Missions Partners

Connecting to purpose around the world.

God created & loves each of the 7.5 billion people on this earth, yet there are still 3,200 un-reached and unengaged people groups who have not heard the name of Jesus. We must pray, give and GO to them. We continue to see God at work among people and cultures across the globe. The groups listed below are some of the partnerships and ongoing works we have established and continue with in collaboration with other followers of Christ.

Senegal, West Africa

West Africa is one of the most ethnically diverse areas in the world and home to more than 300 unreached, unengaged people groups. Canaan partners as the missionary to this people group just south of the capital, Dakar. With no known believers in Nantucket or surrounding villages, Canaan has committed to prayer and going to share the Gospel 3-4 times per year. 

Bethlehem Christian Academy - Zambia

Sharing the hope of Jesus Christ with orphans and impoverished children through Gospel-centered Christian education.


Canaan partners with a Baptist Church in Atencingo, Mexico. 32 surrounding villages  have no Gospel presence. Canaan currently leads discipleship training seminars for those being mobilized to plant churches in these villages.