Though currently on stateside assignment, the Eagletons typically reside in Campinas, Brazil. Kenneth serves as regional director for Latin America and Africa. In this role, he serves as a resource person to our missionaries and an official representative of International Missions in contacts with the national church in Cuba, Panama, Brazil, Uruguay, and Côte d’Ivoire. Locally (in Brazil) he teaches at the Campinas Bible Institute, training workers for local churches. He also serves as chairman of the management team of Global Training Resources (GTR). Rejane assists Kenneth in translating and editing literature.
Kenneth accepted Christ as Savior when he was eight years of age. Growing up in a Christian home and observing the evangelistic efforts of his parents, missionaries Ken and Marvis Eagleton, greatly influenced him and drew him to the Lord.
Rejane was born and raised in Brazil. She accepted Christ as Savior when she was 11 years of age. Missionaries Bobby and Sue Aycock and Jim and Shirley Combs had a great influence on her as she sat under their teaching in Sunday school and vacation Bible school.
Dr. Kenneth has been active in Christian service since his early teen years. He often spoke as a lay preacher and taught Sunday school. He was founder and leader of a mission church in São Luis de Montes Belos, Goias, Brazil, for two and one-half years. During this time he also practiced medicine at a Christian hospital in the area.
Since her teenage years, Rejane has been active in the work of the Lord. As a Brazilian Christian, she served as a counselor in youth camp, taught Sunday school and worked in vacation Bible school.
Appointed as associate missionaries in 1984, the Eagletons worked for a year at Doropo, Côte d’Ivoire, before going to France in 1986 for language study. In January of 1988, they returned to Doropo to resume their ministry. Dr. Kenneth treated patients and served as hospital administrator. In addition, he taught and preached in Doropo and mission churches in the surrounding area. In May of 1998, a milestone was reached when the administration of the Doropo hospital was turned over to African Christians.
From 1998 to 2002 Dr. Kenneth was involved in various levels of leadership training. He was appointed as director of the Bible institute in Bouna where he was teaching. He also participated with other missionaries in establishing a community health and evangelism (CHE) program. Kenneth and Rejane were evacuated from Côte d’Ivoire with other missionaries in October 2002 as a result of an attempted coup d’etat on September 19, 2002, and the resulting civil war.
After 18 years of ministry in Côte d’Ivoire, West Africa, in April 2003 Kenneth and Rejane received permission to transfer to Brazil. In March of 2004, they relocated to Belo Horizonte, Brazil, to work in the mission church during Jim and Vicki Sturgill’s stateside assignment. Kenneth was also involved in training pastors and other church leaders through Bible institute classes. In 2006 they relocated to Campinas, São Paulo.
Kenneth and Rejane have four sons: Daniel, Paulo, David, and Ruben. They also have four grandchildren: Cody, Kiley, Caedon, and Conner.
First Bible FWB Church, New Castle, IN
Updated September 2016
- Pray for us as we are trying to get back to Brazil. As of August 31st, we still lack $900 in monthly support to be fully funded.
- Pray for the leadership of the churches in Brazil, that there would be unity and a resolve to work together.
- Pray for the seminary (Bible Institute) as they continue training leaders for the local churches in Brazil.
- Pray for K, a lady sent out by the FWB churches in Campinas, Brazil, who serves as a worker with Syrian refugees in a middle eastern country.
- Pray for Clóvis and Cristina Leandro of the Nova América FWB Church in Campinas who are serving as church planters in Boa Esperança, state of Alagoas, Brazil, since March of 2016. They work in a town with no evangelical Christian presence and minister to a very poor population. There are no other FWB churches in this part of the country.
- Pray for the FWB hospital in Doropo, Côte d’Ivoire, Africa. They are hoping to receive a FWB doctor from Cuba. Pray that the necessary legal requirements might be met.
- Pray for the church-planting project in Ghana being led by Pastor Thomas Appiah under the supervision of the mission’s committee in Ivory Coast. IM partner’s with our African brothers in this project.
- Pray for eight Cuban couples and two singles who have been approved by the Cuban Association for cross-cultural missionary service and are waiting for an opportunity to serve.
- Pray for the Seminary in Panama as they seek accreditation from the Panamanian government. It is a long process.
Updated Sept. 25, 2017