The Glory Project is a Christian Missionary Organization focused on reaching the unreached with the message of Jesus Christ through every available means. We rely on our values: faith, hope, and love, to guide us as we seek to fulfill God’s purpose.
Founder and CEO Dr. Breckenridge Merkle
In 2019, the Glory Project began as a dream in the heart of Founder and CEO Dr. Breckenridge (Breck) Merkle. He, alongside his family, served for 10 years as a missionary in Asia. During this time, the Lord moved powerfully, planting several churches among an unreached people group. Breck and his family then returned to the United States, serving as a pastor in a local church while continuing to take trips to Asia.
God continued to surprise Breck with every trip he took, bringing people to faith and developing leaders in the church. Breck began to see a correlation between each trip taken and how the church grew. He realized by focusing each trip on empowering and encouraging the local church to advance Christ’s kingdom throughout their local region, missionary work continued in his absence through the indigenous frontline workers.
The Glory Project continues this mission of empowerment by forming strategic partnerships with local church leaders. The Glory Project has served God in Asia through Church Planting, Child Sponsorships, Leadership Development, and Theological education. We seek to share the gospel in all its fullness to the glory of God by establishing, growing, and maturing the church in Asia. By connecting God’s people, the mission of making disciples can be fulfilled
The Glory Project is an international missionary organization geographically focused on empowering the established church in South East Asia. We are working alongside native missionaries and church leaders to help them build independence from support from the west. Our goal is for the church there to become completely self-sufficient by coming alongside them to build microenterprise businesses that will empower them to grow and prosper and “for the earth [to be] filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.” (Hab. 2:14)
(II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20, 21; II Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119:105; 160; Proverbs 30:5)
We believe the Holy Bible is the divinely inspired and inerrant Word of God and is God’s revelation of Himself to man, to be accepted in its entirety as the final authority in matters of faith and practice. The Bible is the basis for this statement of faith.
(Genesis 1:1, 26, 27; 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; II Corinthians 13:14)
We believe the eternal triune God exists coequally as the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God is the Father to those who are born again into His family through faith in Jesus Christ, and He sovereignly reigns with providential care over His universe, His creatures, and human history, according to the purposes of His grace. He is all powerful, all knowing, all loving, and all wise.
We believe Jesus Christ is the divine Son of God, fully God and fully man, conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin. He lived in this world, without sin, was crucified, and in His death, bore the sins of all mankind. He was buried and on the third day rose from the dead, thereby obtaining redemption for all who receive Him as Savior and Lord. He ascended to God the Father and will come again to receive to Himself the redeemed, and pass judgment on all who reject Him as Savior and Lord.
(II Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13; 14:16,17; Acts 1:8; I Corinthians 2:12; 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:18)
We believe the Holy Spirit is fully divine, convicting unbelievers of sin, calling them to the Savior, effecting regeneration, indwelling and sealing every believer, and baptizing each into the Body of Christ. The Holy Spirit works in the believer’s life by glorifying Christ; by cultivating Christian character; by comforting, empowering, filling, and guiding the believer into all truth; and by bestowing spiritual gifts with which the believer serves God through His church.
(Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8,9; John 14:6; 1:12; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1, John 10:28-30, Romans 8:29-30)
We believe every person is a sinner by nature and also sins of his or her own free will, and he or she lives under the condemnation of sin and needs to be saved. Salvation for all is by grace alone, through faith in Christ alone. Those whom God has accepted in Christ have been sealed by His Holy Spirit and will never lose their salvation. Through regeneration and the filling of the Holy Spirit, the sinner is bestowed in greater power the gifts of faith and repentance enabling the sinner to grow in Christlikeness.
We believe a New Testament church is an autonomous, local body of baptized believers associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel of Jesus Christ. The New Testament also speaks of the universal church consisting of believers from every tribe, tongue, people, and nation. The church’s purpose is to glorify God by fulfilling the Lord’s Great Commission and by obeying the Great Commandment.
(Matthew 3:13-17; Mark 1:9-11; Acts 2:41-42: Romans 6:3-5; Colossians 2:12)
We believe the ordinance of baptism is the immersion in water of a professed believer in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Baptism is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer’s faith in the crucified, buried and risen Savior, and symbolizing his or her own death to sin, the burial of his or her old life, and his or her resurrection to a new life in Jesus Christ.
We believe the ordinance of the Lord’s Supper is an act of obedience to Christ’s command, whereby members of His body partake of the bread and the fruit of the vine commemorating and proclaiming the sacrificial death of our Lord Jesus Christ until His return. We believe the elements of the Lord’s Supper symbolize Christ’s body and blood, broken and shed for us.
We believe in the biblical definition of family and marriage based on the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant relationship. The husband and wife are of equal worth before God, since both are created in God’s image and are to love and respect each other out of honor to the Lord. Parents are to demonstrate and teach their children spiritual truths from God’s Word.
We believe God created human beings as male and female as determined by a person’s chromosomal structure at birth. The complementary relational nature of the human race as male and female reflects the created order given by God when He created human beings in His image.
At the Glory Project we work with indigenous churches, leaders, and ministries to build the kingdom of God in Asia. True transformation occurs only when the local church identifies their needs and others are mobilized. Therefore, at The Glory Project we seek to make disciples and reproduce the church of God in Asia.
Dr. Breckenridge Merkle served over ten years as a missionary in Asia, alongside his wife and partner in ministry, Candice Merkle. They worked to plant churches among an unreached people group in a restricted country. In 2015 they returned to the states for the health needs of their fourth son where Breck then served as a pastor in Colorado Springs for 6 years. In early 2019 he launched The Glory Project to mobilize the church to empower local leaders and ministries to reach the unreached with the gospel of Jesus Christ for the glory of God in Asia. His heart is to see the church of God come together and finish the task of making disciples among all unreached people groups.
I tell people that I left a part of my heart in South East Asia, and it is so very true. Due to some unfortunate circumstances, I have not been able to return….yet. I am hoping to someday bring my husband and daughter with me to see the lands and meet the people I have fallen in love with. I feel very blessed to have been able to have the Holy Spirit speak through me and to me to really see the people and circumstances on the other side of the world. In the meantime. I work full time as a Physical Therapist and Wound Care Specialist for a Skilled Nursing Facility/Rehab facility in Colorado Springs. I enjoy bike riding, yard work, (I know weird right) family fun nights, Cross Fellowship Church events, playing with animals (we have a dog, 2 cats, 2 rats, and a turtle), and I am weird so I also like housework. I hope to bring resources, emotional support and most of all the love of Jesus Christ and see the Church rise up in South East Asia.
I’m Steve Wilke, the Director of Operations for the Glory Project. I’m a retired Army Officer where I spent much of my adult life overseas, in nearly 50 countries and 5 continents. There is just something special about each one of those places, even in war. God’s beautiful creation on display in each one, yet nothing is more important than his best creation, man. I’m excited to serve with the Glory Project because of the unique opportunity to reach many cultures in many countries. My time in military I served an important mission and the defense of the USA, but the Glory Project serves the most important mission, the furtherance of God’s kingdom within the gospel and salvation through Jesus Christ. One by one, little by little, until there’s a church in every village.
I became a part of God’s family at the age of 20 and have grown, and continue to grow, in my walk every day. I have worked in accounting for more than 40 years. I was always “behind the scenes” crunching numbers and preparing documents for clients. As a mother having children serving overseas as missionaries gives you a whole new perspective on what it means to take the Gospel to the ends of the earth. My life changed in even greater ways while visiting overseas as God revealed to me the impact of reaching the ends of the earth in a simple conversation. It is a blessing to see the work God is doing through The Glory Project and how He is supplying the needs.
I was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and then adopted at five days old. My adoptive parents were Christian and Southern Baptists; thus, I had the privilege of being raised in a Christian home. I professed faith in Jesus Christ and was baptized when I was five years old. It is a privilege to serve the Lord, and I enjoy doing so in a local Southern Baptist church. I have been privileged to participate in seven short-term overseas mission trips. I look forward to serving the Lord internationally through the Glory Project and its international ministry.
We have several church leaders and ministers who serve all across Asia. For security reasons, we will not release photos of the individuals and family. You can see more information on our missionary page.
We seek to share the gospel in all it’s fullness to the glory of God by establishing, growing, and maturing the church in Asia.
Glory Project maintains discretion and control over the use of the funds.