Connect 2 Ministries exists to connect churches in the United States with churches in the developing world.
Greg Barshaw, Founder
Greg Barshaw is the founder of Connect 2 Ministries. Early in his career, he studied physical therapy and worked in aerospace, biomedical manufacturing, and construction. His passion, however, has always been for people. After starting a ministry for disabled individuals at Grace Community Church, he became the Executive Pastor at Grace Brethren Church of Simi Valley in 2000. Overtime God transitioned his focus to missions and Connect 2 Ministries was launched in 2009. It was established to help local churches rediscover a passion for lost people, and to support international churches and pastors through sound biblical foundation in ministry. Connect 2 Ministries worked extensively in relief efforts after the 2010 earthquake, and has continued working with churches, orphans, and the disabled population in Haiti. Greg has also participated in famine relief in Ethiopia in 1972, the tsunami in Thailand 2004 and Hurricane Katrina 2005. Greg is married to Nancy, is the father of 3 grown children, and “Papa” to seven grandchildren.
Frandy Poyis, Pastor
Frandy Poyis was born in Haiti to a family who practiced Catholicism and Voodoo. He lost his father when he was very young but gave his life to his Heavenly Father when he was 12 years old at Delmas Christian Church. After finishing high school, Poyis entered Bible school with the goal to enter full-time ministry. While in school, Poyis worked as Dean at Delmas Christian School and also used his gifts of shepherding and teaching at the church. He began working with Connect 2 Ministries in 2010 and in 2014, he planted Redeemer Christian Church of Onaville. Poyis now runs all ministry functions of Connect 2 Ministries in Haiti including: pastoring the church, overseeing the medical clinic, managing food distribution, supervising the disability schools, guiding ministry teams, and running the new orphanage for rescued slave children. He is a selfless servant who is beloved by the community and vital to the ministry.
Bob Amstutz, Field Services Director
Born in Indiana but raised in California from infancy, Bob grew up in the San Fernando Valley in a Christ centered home that exemplified service. He attended Los Angeles Baptist High School where he met the love of his life, Kari. They have been married for 30 years and have 3 adult children, all of whom go to Haiti with them. At age 21, Bob was hired by the Los Angles County Sheriff's Department and had always planned on retiring in 2017. In April of 2014, during his first trip to Haiti to work on a rabbit project with his teenage son, Parker, the children at the orphanage completely stole his heart. He returned home a changed man. God redirected Bob’s “plan” and he retired the following March, two years early. Since joining the C2M team, Bob primarily works with construction teams. In July and late December, Bob, Kari and Parker lead a “Friends and Family” team that are highlights of his year.
Stephen Barshaw, Administrator
Stephen Barshaw works as support staff for Connect 2 Ministries. Stephen has a love for the Church, God’s Word, and for people. He attended the Master’s University in Santa Clarita earning a B.A in Biblical Studies and went on to earn an M.A. in Education from Concordia University. He has a special love for youth which led him to work as a youth pastor for several years and has been teaching Bible at Grace Brethren High School in Simi Valley since 2005. He was involved in multiple short-term mission trips during high school and college and desired to continue involvement in international missions. He has worked with Connect 2 since 2010, providing support on the home front. He is married to Candace and they have two young boys.