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 the 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

  • Doug and Barb Petersen Newsletter (Winter 2020) January 28, 2020Doug and Barb Petersen Newsletter (Winter 2020)
    Dear Family and Friends, Greetings in Jesus’ Name from Zambia, the Real Africa,   While many of you are shovelling snow and running your heaters, we are experiencing a warm summer, watching it rain every day and feeling the humidity. But we praise God for the rains. Everything is green and flowering and gardens are growing. The rains mean that the Kariba Dam is filling up and the “load shedding” is diminishing. Load shedding is when our power is out 12 to ...
  • Doug & Barb Petersen Newsletter (Fall 2019) October 10, 2019Doug & Barb Petersen Newsletter (Fall 2019)
    The teen team attempting to drill a well Dear Friends and Family, Greetings from Zambia! Lots has happened since we last wrote. We praise God for and in all things, we give Him the Glory! The teams have come and gone, the Bible School is in the final term for our Senior Class, and we all watched Dorian with bated breath. Here are some “snap-shots” of our memories. US Teams The Preteens and the Teen Team came off of the plane together. It was ...
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