Alliance for the Unreached Names Dr. Marvin J. Newell as New Executive Director

Alliance for the Unreached Names Dr. Marvin J. Newell as New Executive Director
International Day for the Unreached organizers add leadership staff in mobilization efforts for the whole church to respond to Jesus’ Great Commission

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The Alliance for the Unreached — a pioneering gospel movement — announced today that Dr. Marvin J. Newell has been named the organization’s first Executive Director.

Newell is an international missiologist and prolific author with more than 40 years of leadership and management experience — including two decades as a missionary in Indonesia and in a leadership role in the Asia-Pacific region
with TEAM (The Evangelical Alliance Mission).

He begins his duties with the Alliance for the Unreached on Sept. 1, while continuing his part-time position as staff missiologist of Missio Nexus, a network of evangelical mission agencies, churches and training centers in North America.

Throughout the year, Alliance partners educate the church about the
unreached — those who’ve never heard the gospel. Although great progress
in world evangelization has been made, Joshua Project says there’s still a lot
of work to be done — with one in every three people worldwide having no
access to Bibles, churches, or local Christians.

“Dr. Newell has served enthusiastically as a board member since our inception six years ago,” said Alliance Chairman Jon Fugler. “His experience as a missiologist and in mission leadership will open the door for more Christians to respond to
Jesus’ Great Commission to bring the good news to every people group, especially those without access to the gospel.”

Previously, Newell was executive director of CrossGlobal Link (formerly IFMA) and served as professor of missions and intercultural studies at the Moody Theological Seminary in Chicago. He is the author of Crossing Cultures in Scripture:
Biblical Principles for Mission Practice, A Martyr’s Grace, Commissioned: What Jesus Wants You to Know as You Go and Expect Great Things: Mission Quotes that Inform and Inspire.

“I am looking forward with great anticipation to what the Lord continues to do in reaching the unreached through this alliance,” said Newell. “Our main goal is to grow this alliance so it has more capacity to bring awareness to the global church to reach the remaining one-third of humanity that has no access to the gospel.”

The Alliance, a partnership of three-dozen organizations, is best known for championing the annual International Day for the Unreached, held on Pentecost Sunday. In many churches and on a live webcast, the most recent observance on May
31 inspired believers to take action so Christ can be proclaimed in places untouched by the gospel. Pentecost Sunday marks the birth of the early church, when the Holy Spirit fell on the first disciples and empowered them to follow Jesus’ command to “go into all the world.”

More information on the Alliance for the Unreached, as well as the International Day for the Unreached webcast, can be found at

The Alliance for the Unreached is composed of Bibles For The World, DOOR International, Ethnos360, FEBC, Frontier Ventures, Joshua Project, Missio Nexus, Mission Network News, OM-USA (Operation Mobilization), Seed Company, TWR, World Mission and ZimZam Global. In addition, 23 more international missions ministries serve as Champion Partners of the Alliance, helping to mobilize Christians in a myriad of activities including prayer, giving, and action, to ensure everyone has access to the gospel.


The International Day for the Unreached ( is an initiative of the Alliance for the Unreached, a group of evangelistic ministries and other organizations, including Bibles For The World (, Door International (, Ethnos360 (, FEBC (, Frontier Ventures (, Joshua Project (, Mission Network News (, Missio Nexus (, Operation Mobilization (, Seed Company
(, TWR (, World Mission (, and ZimZam Global (

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