Ken and Jerilyn Bayer
Ken was born in Morris, Manitoba and as a child, came to know Jesus as his Savior during a Billy Graham Crusade in Winnipeg. A few years later he was baptized and became a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Morris. Shortly thereafter, the family moved to Winnipeg and moved their membership to the Mission Baptist Church in Winnipeg.
Jerilyn (Effa) Bayer was born in Sioux Falls, SD and grew up in an active pastoral family. When she was six years old, Jerilyn's parents were appointed as missionaries to Brazil. She was baptized by her father when she was nine years old.
Ken and Jerilyn met at the North American Baptist College in Edmonton. Ken received a BAR from the college and in 1983 graduated with a MDiv in theology & bible. Jerilyn received a BRE in 1981. Because of her missionary background and Ken's interest in missions, they had much in common and they were married while they were both still students on August 2nd, 1980.
The Bayers were appointed as missionaries to Brazil in 1983. Since their arrival in Brazil they have planted 2 churches and began a ministry to street children called Chain of Love. Their work has received worldwide attention and acclaim and has touched the lives of many believers who have visited and worked with them.