Our Vision:

God’s People Effectively Mobilized in Mission.

Our Mission: Our purpose is to connect local churches and individuals to mission so that increasing numbers of believers are actively serving in areas of the world’s greatest (gospel) need and opportunity.

Bill MacLeod

Executive Director

Bill MacLeod is the Executive Director of Mission ConneXion which he founded in 2001 during his fifteen years as a missions pastor in Portland.

He has been a mobilizer for over 40 years dedicating his life to city-wide people movements while serving in an evangelistic organization, a national men’s movement, a local church as missions pastor, and as founder/director of a regional church-missions-mobilizing effort.

Mission ConneXion Values:

Priority — Mission ConneXion is a Biblically-based, Spirit-led, and prayer-empowered mobilizing movement that elevates the necessity and priority of missions in the local church.

Holistic — We operate in a holistic mindset where Sending, Giving, Praying, Funding, Training, Going, and all the other multi-faceted roles of the body of Christ are mobilized to fulfill the Great Commission.

Local Church Driven — We lift up and focus on the role of the local Church as the center of missions engagement, calling for action and sacrifice on the part of all so that the church can fulfill its calling.

Unity & Collaboration — We promote and encourage multi-church and multi-agency participation in a collaborative and unified approach, connecting people to opportunities and discovering their God-given role in missions both locally and across the globe.

Relational — We are supported, implemented, and dependent upon volunteers and area churches. We respect the diversity in the body of Christ while promoting unity in our common task of taking the gospel of the Kingdom to every tongue, tribe, people and nation.

Because of churches in the Portland / Vancouver Area, Mission ConneXion Northwest is the premier Missions Mobilizing Conference in this area.

Thousands of people attend annually from around the country, and this area has seen a radical awakening to God’s call to fulfill the Great Commission.

By way of history, some years ago I visited Missions Fest, Vancouver, B.C. which has been the largest missions conference of its kind in North America for over twenty years. Although I wasn’t planning on it, I sensed the Lord asking me if something like it ought to be attempted in Portland. I began to talk with other pastors and leaders around the city, and slowly began to build a consensus. I talked with Kevin Palau and he felt Luis would be positive about it. As things developed, we set a date for a luncheon that Luis Palau was willing to host in November 2001 and began getting the word out. Then September 11th took place, and we wondered if we were going in the wrong direction at the wrong time. Who would be interested in missions when it seemed like the future of our country was at stake? But we continued the way we had started – on our knees.

The morning of the luncheon, Nov. 15, 2001, was when the news broke that two missionaries – Heather Mercer and Dayna Curry – had been released from their captors in Afghanistan. When Luis got up to speak at the Double Tree Lloyd’s Center that day, there were over 300 pastors and Christian leaders who had traveled from Seattle, the Coast, N California, and eastern Oregon to join us. Luis seized the moment and challenged us with the vision for Missions Fest Northwest by saying that these two women just released should be part of the upcoming January event. Although we could not get them, that hit a chord and people resonated with the idea so that later in the spring, Missions Fest Northwest was able to host both of them for a packed house at Mt. Scott Church of God.

When Missions Fest Northwest opened at New Hope Church at 4:30pm on Jan 18, 2002, just two months later, enough people were on hand that the scheduled workshops were at capacity. We were absolutely amazed that by the time we closed Saturday night, over 7000 had come to the event; we had received good press from KPDQ, the Oregonian, and Christian News Northwest; and those who participated said it was one of the best events of its kind they had attended! A great encouragement for us was to have the chairman and members of the board of the originating Vancouver, B.C. event come to tell us they were thrilled with the turnout and pledged their support! While we operated as Missions Fest Northwest for several years, we have changed the name to Mission ConneXion to focus on our connection with Christ without regard to borders or regions. Mission ConneXion is an Oregon nonprofit corporation.

Mission ConneXion's

Board of Directors

Jim Cross

Board Chair
CFO, Village Missions
Evangelical Bible Church, Dallas, OR
(Board member since 2019)

Brian Heerwagen

Vice Chair
CEO, Standards of Excellence
Montavilla Baptist Church, Portland, OR
(Board member since 2018)

Dennis Fuqua

Board Secretary
Director, International Renewal Ministries
Grace Foursquare Church, Camas, WA
(Board member since 2018)

Peggy Speck

Board Governance Committee Chair
Formerly VP, Federal Reserve Bank, San Francisco (ret)
Southwest Hills Baptist Church, Beaverton, OR
(Board member since 2018)

John Jordan

World Mission Pastor
Village Baptist Church, Beaverton, OR
(Board member since 2018)

Joshua Burke

Multnomah University, Student, Master of Arts in Global Development and Justice Studies Program
The Well Community Church, Portland, OR
(Board member since 2020)

Mission ConneXion Northwest

We are a volunteer run event, staffed completely by people just like you.

There is a place for everyone to serve, from the parking lot to the cafeteria, from registration to security. We welcome small groups, youth groups, and individuals to serve with us, and we would love to work with you!

If you have questions or want to sign up to serve, you can contact our Volunteer Coordinator.

34 people
Safety & security
18 people
22 people
Prayer Room
5 people
Food Sales Assistant
18 people
Exhibitor Assistant
10 people
Social & Photography
5 people
Workshop Assistant
30 people
21 people
4 people

Bob Blincoe

Mission Connexion is far and away the best annual conference of all. We talk ourselves hoarse with interested and interesting delegates. It’s an ideal setting to talk with our kind of evangelicals. Can’t wait till next year.

2010 Plenary Speaker

US Director, Frontiers

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Mission ConneXion has helped over 100,000 people to hear God’s call. In 2012, over 200 people attended the launch of Muslim ConneXion, making it the largest ConneXion Training event yet at the time.



In 2013, an aggregate count of over 25,000 attended the annual Mission ConneXion Northwest January conference and thousands more have participated in smaller ConneXion Training Events throughout the year.



Over 6,000 people attended Missions Fest Northwest at New Hope Community Church. Luis Palau, Nard Pugyao from the Philippines, Clive Calver of World Relief, and Pastor David Stevens were its first plenary speakers. 38 mission agencies provided over 75 informative workshops.



Over 1,300 churches and 400 Mission Agencies have partnered with Mission ConneXion all working together to help people hear God’s call and go whereever he leads.


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