Petersen, Doug & Barb

Serving the Lord with Teen Missions in Zambia


Meet the Petersens


Doug grew up on a farm in Minnesota. He moved to Denver, Colorado with his parents when he was 15 years old. After finishing high school, he attended Colorado University. He received a degree in chemistry, with a minor in education. Doug taught in the Denver Public Schools for nine years.

In 1972, Doug was involved in helping to establish a Christian high school in Denver. Doug was the high school principal and a teacher in this school for eleven years.

Barb also grew up on a farm in southern Minnesota. She met Doug when they attended the same junior high school. After high school, she attended two years of college and completed two years of training in x-ray technology. She graduated from Fairview Hospital as an x-ray technologist and worked for a short time in that field after marrying Doug.
Doug and Barb were married in 1963. They lived in Denver, Colorado. They have two children. Steve Petersen and Sarah Codding.

Steve and his wife, Gay, have two children, a son named Timothy and a daughter named Faith. They are both on staff of Teen Missions International, working out of the home office in Florida.

Sarah is married to Rob Codding. They met while working on staff at Teen Missions. He is currently an administrator of a church in Sioux Falls, SD. They have four children.

Doug and Barb took their first team to the Philippines as volunteer leaders in 1981. They took a second team to Papua New Guinea in 1983. In 1984, they felt the Lord leading them to join Teen Missions Staff. They began to run Boot Camps in Zimbabwe in 1985 and started a BIBLE, MISSIONARY & WORK (BMW) Training Center there in 1991. In 1998, they moved to Zambia to run Boot Camps and a Bible school at the Teen Missions base near Ndola. Ndola is in the Copper Belt, located in the northern central part of the country. Zambia quickly became home and they are still serving in this country today.  They are base coordinators and supervise the many ministries and projects of the Teen Missions base, such as the BMW, Boot Camps, AIDS Orphans Rescue Units and Motorcycle Sunday School Mission outreach.

Doug and Barb are very grateful to the Lord for allowing them to serve with in the Teen Missions ministry. They are very grateful also for the faithful prayer and financial support that they have received.

Prayer Requests

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

Matthew 6:33

  • Wisdom – James 1:5
  • Safety – Psalm 91
  • Fruitfulness – John 15:16


  • Doug – July 22
  • Barb – June 7


  • June 8, 1963

Missionary News

  • Petersen, Doug & Barb Newsletter (Spring 2016) May 24, 2016 2015_TeenCamp_310For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the worldbut that the world through Him might be saved.  John 3: 17For the Scripture says,"Whoever believes on Himwill not be put to shame." Romans 10:11Dear Family and Friends,We greet you in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ.  This is one of the standard greetings in Zambia.  It is really beautiful when you think about it.  I (Barb) have just finished teaching the book of Acts this term. ...
  • Petersen, Doug & Barb Newsletter (Winter 2016) February 19, 2016 PICT0071Preach the word!  Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all long suffering and teaching.   For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine...II Timothy 4:2,3aDear Friends and Family,Happy and Blessed New Year!  Much is already happening but first let me say we had a great time being home for a short time in October and November.  We enjoyed the fellowship with family and friends, including a wonderful Thanksgiving at Steve's.   We ...
  • Petersen, Doug & Barb Newsletter (Fall 2015) November 3, 2015 2015_Zambia_067Jesus said, "If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, take up his cross and follow me.  For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it."Matthew 16:24, 25 Dear Family and Friends,Much has happened since our last letter. We have had many blessings and a few trials.  I will briefly mention these starting with the blessings.Visitors: We have had men volunteer to help at the base ...
  • Petersen, Doug & Barb Newsletter (Spring 2015) May 26, 2015 IMG_0124And this Gospel of the kingdomshall be preached in the whole worldfor a witness to all nations,and then the end shall come. Matthew 24: 14Dear Friends and Family, In this newsletter we want to say a BIG thank you to all of you who pray for us and support us in so many ways.  I know others say this, but YOU really are the BEST.  We thank God for you and praise Him for the way He has used you ...
  • Petersen, Doug & Barb Newsletter (Winter 2015) March 20, 2015 IMG_0610To God be the Glory, Great things He has done! Dear Friends and Family, Boot Camp season, along with graduation for the BMWstudents in Zambia has come and gone and God has worked in great ways.  I will give some thumbnail pictures of things that have happened while you were entering into a new year. Bibles:   At Boot Camp the teens come with no Bibles.  It is very hard to have their daily quiet time personal devotions for a half hour in the morning.  Jamie ...
  • Petersen, Doug & Barb Newsletter (Fall 2014) October 13, 2014 Doug, Barb & Steve Petersen at Vic FallsOnly one life, will soon be past, only what's done for Christ will last. (author unknown) I read this as a little girl and NEVER forgot it. Dear Friends and Family, THIRTY YEARS AGO: It has been thirty years since we moved our family to Florida. Doug, Steve and I made staff commitments and Sarah volunteered the first year. What a blessing it was to all be together. We were in a little single wide mobile home. We felt so happy and blessed. ...
  • Petersen, Doug & Barb Newsletter (Spring 2014) May 20, 2014 DSC_0738Sing to the Lord and bless His name; Proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to day.   Declare His glory among the nations, His wonders among all peoples. Ps. 96:2,3  NKJV Dear Family and Friends, Our comings and goings: Some of you know that we went home for Christmas this past year; it was a special time for us. We celebrated our 50th year of marriage last year (June 8, 1963), and we decided we would just celebrate off and ...
  • Petersen, Doug & Barb Newsletter (Winter 2014) March 18, 2014 67. For Joining your hand with oursDear Friends and Family,  We are happy to share that we were able to come home for Thanksgiving and Christmas and celebrate with our family. It has been a wonderful time. We still have a trip to Denver to enjoy with Doug’s sister and family and Doug’s mom. This has been our 50th wedding anniversary year and we are enjoying and remembering so many milestones. Back in Zambia: Reports are coming in from the Boot Camps. One great report came in from ...
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