Hello from Taipei! We are Erich and Kelley Schindler, long-term missionaries to Taiwan.
(Erich and Kelley’s most recent prayer card – right click and select “Save image as” to download.)
Erich grew up as a missionary kid in Germany, where his family planted 6 German-speaking Evangelical Free churches from 1985 to 2002 in various major German cities. After graduating from German high school, he enrolled at Columbia International University in Columbia, South Carolina (formerly known as Columbia Bible College), the same school that his parents, Diet and Jan, had attended in their youth.
Kelley grew up in a Christian home in Hershey, PA – the reason she’s so sweet 🙂 From an early age she attended Mt. Calvary Church in Elizabethtown, PA, with her family. In 8th grade at Mt. Calvary Christian School, Kelley committed herself to becoming a missionary, which is why she chose to move 10 hours from home to attend Columbia International University.
Erich and Kelley met during their studies at CIU, where we discovered our shared passion for missions, particularly among people who are least reached by the Gospel of Jesus Christ. After getting married in 2005, we spent 1 year in Taipei, Taiwan, teaching English and helping run bilingual outreaches at Taipei Truth Church. In the fall of 2007 we returned to the US for 1 year, during which we continued prayerfully seeking God’s long-term direction for their lives. In 2008 it became clear to us through many different events that God was calling us back to serve in Taiwan long-term.
Since returning to Taiwan in 2008, we spent 2 years in full-time language study for Mandarin Chinese. During this time, we co-led various bilingual evangelistic outreaches through our Taiwanese church, were involved in a host of various mercy-based ministries, and pastored the foreign community at Taipei Truth Church.
In 2012, the Lord laid on our hearts the great need for the Gospel among Taiwan’s working-class people (click here to learn more about this need). This prompted us to move into the Wan Hua district in the western part of Taipei city, an area with many Buddhist temples, but few churches. Since local people are very cautious about going to established Christian churches, we started church gatherings in our home, and eventually moved to a rented space nearby. In the Fall of 2016 our young church plant merged with the Aroma church down the road, where we focus on discipling our local friends.
The Schindlers are missionaries with Shepherd’s Staff Mission Facilitators.