New Covenant Missions (formerly New Covenant Foundation) was formed in August 2001 as a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization by a group of Christian men in the Spokane, Washington area in the United States.

The founding principles were driven by Ethiopia’s vision of achieving self-sufficiency and independence. The founders saw that Ethiopia has a desire to evangelize their own people and provide for their own needs.

Due to the incredible growth that was happening in the ministry, in 2013 the board of directors hired Erik Laursen as Executive Director. Erik had served as a Regional Advocate Director for a large international ministry where he had overseen the work of indigenous evangelism in 37 nations of Sub-Saharan Africa. Erik also served as a volunteer for the Joshua Project (unreached people group research of the International Missions Board).

Since 2013, the ministry of New Covenant Missions has quadrupled in reach and expanded beyond Ethiopia with a focus on nations that are struggling with the growth of Islam.


Ministry REPORTs

“planting god's love in the darkest places of africa”

Click below to read our ministry Reports




Mike Stemm


“I liken my life to riding a tandem bicycle. For 57 years, I was in the front seat, deciding where I would go and what I would do. Most of the time, I knew God was always seated behind me. But in 2002 we changed places and the ride has been amazing ever since.”


Erik Laursen

Executive Director

In the Spring of 2008 God radically stirred the hearts of Erik and his wife, Spirit, to lay down the “American Dream” and pursue His dream of seeing true worship arise from every tribe in Africa. In 2011, He launched them into ministry through Every Home for Christ in Colorado Springs where Erik worked directly with Christian leaders in 105+ different nations with a primary focus of overseeing offices in 37 African nations.

In 2013, God led Erik to serve as Executive Director for New Covenant Missions, headquartered in his wife’s hometown. The experience Erik gained on the ground in so many different cultures created an ambition in his soul to mobilize the body of Christ to empower indigenous missionaries to preach the glorious news of Jesus in the darkest, most difficult and unreached areas of the world.


Craig Meredith


“When Mike and I began this journey, we had no idea what God would do or what we would do. I think the greatest gift that God has given us is ignorance. We didn’t know any better, so we didn’t know that what we were doing was impossible.”

Since 2002, Craig has served as a Partner at Dominion Trading, LLC

Dominion Trading Importers offers premium coffees from Ethiopia. One of the main purposes of Dominion Trading is to be a “tent-maker” for New Covenant Missions. A portion of all the profits from the coffee sales goes directly into New Covenant Mission’s admin expenses.


Gebeyehu Abera

Board Member
Gebeyehu served as Director of Programs for Africa, for Living Water International from 2012 to 2016 and as a Regional Specialist for Compassion International from 2005 – 2012. His experience in the field has been priceless to New Covenant Missions!


Buck Frymier

Board Member
From serving in the Peace Corps to filling the large shoes of Hospital CEO, Buck Frymier brings incredible value to our team with his incredible experience. Buck is now the Principal of Network Consulting & Management, Ltd

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Tom Hartman

Board Member
Tom recently retired as an Executive V.P. with First American Title Insurance Company in 2015 after 30 years of experience in the Title and Escrow industry. Tom has served on the New Covenant Board of Directors since the very beginning! He is currently an Elder at The Hallows Church, in Seattle, WA.


Galgalo Guyo

Board Member

Galgalo grew up as a Oromo Borana Muslim. His advice to our ministry is an incredible blessing when it comes to planting churches among one of the largest people groups in Ethiopia!

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Gil Mertz

Board Member

Gil Mertz currently serves as the Director of Foundations for Family Research Council.

Gil has been involved with full-time Christian service for nearly 40 years. He draws from a vast background of ministry with international missions, humanitarian causes and serving the homeless. He is a former pastor and the author of two books, Learn to 4 Give and Restoring Relationships and has been a featured speaker on Focus on the Family's radio broadcast.

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Murray & Deborah Hiebert

Murray and Deborah give themselves to night and day worship and prayer so that so every nation on earth would be glad in Jesus! They are directors of the Forerunner Music Academy.

They both teach many classes including, House of Prayer Practicum, House of Prayer Leadership, Song of Solomon, and Life of Prayer.

They prepare individuals to pioneer and fuel expressions of night and day worship and prayer around the world. They have founded a ministry called


Nexgen board of advisors

Young ministry and non-profit professionals Keeping New covenant missions in touch with the heart of the next generation

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We can't do this alone...


More than just a good cup of coffee. Dominion Trading Coffee supports the work of New Covenant Missions through coffee sales. Click to learn more and buy a bag of coffee. 


Count for Zero Organizations is a resource to help inform Kingdom investors whom God is drawing into His work. New Covenant Missions is an approved Count for Zero organization.


New Covenant missions and The Evangelical Students and Graduates Union of Ethiopia have joined together to empower indigenous students to reach their nation with the Gospel!


GACX is a worldwide alliance of like-minded churches and mission organizations committed to help start at least five million multiplying biblical churches and faith communities by the end of 2020.


In partnership with Faith Comes by Hearing, New Covenant is distributing audio bibles  in the local language to thousands of illiterate people in Africa!

In partnership with the Jesus Film Project, New Covenant is showing the story of Jesus on film in the local language to thousands of people in Africa!

Together we are currently focusing on bringing the good news to the remaining 25 unreached peoples in Ethiopia through the year 2020!

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