We met at Ozark Christian College in Joplin, Mo. That is where we received our training and that’s where we were married in 1981. We have four wonderful children and five grandchildren who are, of course, amazing.

Dave served as a pastor to churches from 1983 until December 2020 including 26 years as senior pastor at his last ministry. Velva has served in many ways over the years but especially as a prayer warrior, providing piano and vocals in the worship ministry, and mentoring other women. We have been part of Pastors Beyond since January 2021. Dave took over as Director on August 1, 2023.

Missionaries often don’t have anyone they can look to as a pastor couple. They can grow tired and discouraged as they deal with many stresses and challenges on the field far from family and friends. Wycliffe Bible Translator founder, Cameron Townsend, saw the need for pastoral care on the mission field. We have had that affirmed by missionaries we know and love as well.

We are thankful God opened the door for us to continue to develop our decades of experience in preaching, teaching, listening, praying, and loving to minister to missionaries. In pre-Pastor Beyond days, we helped provide pastoral support in Kenya and Mexico. With Pastors Beyond we have served in Papua New Guinea, Albania, and Germany. We also provide support and encouragement to missionaries through various online avenues.

If you would like to know more about Pastors Beyond – either as a possible next season of ministry for you or as a missionary looking for support – please contact us.

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The Armstrongs have a not-for profit organization, Grace on the Go Ministries, and you can find their website at

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