Trever and Joan Godard are missionaries with the Mennonite Brethren Church and are the founding directors of the Matthew Cross Cultural Training Center. Their ministry began with Youth for Christ in Saskatoon, Canada (1979-1984), and after five years felt God calling them to cross cultural mission. Trever pursued a Masters of Divinity in Missions from the Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary in Fresno, CA (1984-86, 1990), followed by their first cross cultural assignment to Colombia (1987-2001), with Mennonite Brethren Missions and Services International where they founded a discipleship and training ministry called MIJUCO (Youth Mission Colombia). In 2001 they returned to Canada to teach at Bethany College in Hepburn, SK where Trever was the Missions Director and Joan led a mentoring program (2002-2005).
They came to Guadalajara, Mexico in 2005 to start the Matthew Cross Cultural Training Center. Trever provides leadership and vision for the program, characterized by having both classroom and experiential training. Joan is specifically gifted in personal discipleship with compassion, wisdom, prophetic and intercessory prayer. They work together as mutual partners in this ministry.
The MTC Staff currently consists of the directors, Trever and Joan Godard, and two associate staff missionaries; Sandra Plett and Jen Schmidt. They were both participants in the MIJUCO program in Colombia and later worked as residence directors for several years; Sandra at Columbia Bible College and Jen at Bethany College. They have gifts in discipleship, administration, and leading young adults in cross cultural missions.
History of Name
The name “Matthew Training Center” has a special significance for the Godards. The MIJUCO discipleship program that they started in Colombia had a training methodology inspired by the way Jesus made disciples, especially as outlined in the book of Matthew. These principles were extracted and contextualized in a fruitful program to disciple people in spiritual formation and ministry training, with an emphasis on cross cultural mission. Jesus’ strategy as portrayed in the book of Matthew continues to be the foundation for the way they make disciples and train missionaries today in Mexico.