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Purpose, History & Activities


New Wineskins Missionary Network helps Anglicans to be more knowledgeable, active, and effective in fulfilling our Lord’s Great Commission to make disciples of all nations. New Wineskins:

  • Raises mission vision and awareness,
  • Highlights unreached people groups around the world,
  • Encourages prayer and care for Anglican missionaries,
  • Sponsors the New Wineskins for Global Mission conferences


New Wineskins Missionary Network (formerly the Episcopal Church Missionary Community) was founded by the Rev. Walter and Louise Hannum in 1974 in Pasadena, CA, where it was a founding member of the U.S. Center for World Mission. In 1990 Trinity School for Ministry asked New Wineskins to move to Ambridge, PA, to help the seminary establish a department of missions and the Stanway Institute for World Mission and Evangelism, and we continue raising mission vision among each new generation of seminarians. Sharon Stockdale Steinmiller became the Director in 1994. New Wineskins Missionary Network is a member of Anglican Global Mission Partners.


  • Produces mission resources designed to raise mission vision in parishes, such as workshops, videos, and the ReachOut bulletin with missions inspiration and information sent out quarterly to over 5,500 people. We present Mission Awareness Seminars in parishes and dioceses, adapting the seminars to the local situation to help churches and mission committees set priorities and plan their next steps in mission.
  • Highlights unreached people groups. We speak on the needs of the unreached and counsel ‘tentmakers’ who use their professional skills to share Christ’s love in countries closed to traditional missions.
  •  Assists missionaries and encourages prayer and care for Anglican missionaries. We have given orientation, counsel, and debriefing to over 300 Episcopal/Anglican missionaries who have served in cross-cultural ministries with the SAMS, Global Teams, and Anglican Frontier Missions, et al. We help mission committees learn how to nurture, encourage, and support missionaries. Our Missions Clearinghouse refers about 40 inquirers and potential missionaries a year to a wide variety of Anglican and inter-denominational mission agencies. We correspond regularly with 100 missionaries and tentmakers in cross-cultural ministries around the world and publish the Prayer Calendar quarterly with their prayer requests.
  •  Sponsors the New Wineskins for Global Mission conferences every three years since 1994. New Wineskins participants have come from or serve in the U.S and Canada as well as 52 other countries around the world. The wonderful networking is continuing to bear fruit as agencies are talking with inquirers and churches are supporting missionaries or partnering with overseas churches they first met at a New Wineskins conference. The next New Wineskins conference will be April 7–10, 2016 in Ridgecrest, NC.
New Wineskins Missionary Network


Click HERE to download materials from the 2016 New Wineskins for Global Missions Conference.