John Holbrook

Career Missionary since 2011.

John and Rodelyn Holbrook grew up playing together in the mountains of the Philippines where John’s family served as AFM missionaries. Both John and Rodelyn heard God’s call to missions while still in elementary school, and both pursued educations to prepare them for this calling. After John’s graduation in the States, he returned to the Philippines to start a new AFM project among the Tawbuid. His friendship with Rodelyn was rekindled, and they eventually married.

John and Rodelyn, along with their daughter Ellen Joy, continue to plant churches among the Tawbuid on the Philippine island of Mindoro. God’s ministry through them and the native church leaders has grown to include four tribes and numerous churches. Currently, their primary focus is training and equipping native leaders and missionaries in church leadership, evangelism, healthcare, agriculture and earning a livelihood. They are also working to help native students receive higher education in order to return and help their tribes in development and evangelism.

Frontier Stories

The Little Mission Truck

Yes, our poor little mission truck has served God’s work well. But we’ve come to the point where we need to replace it as it is too expensive and dangerous to keep driving it.

By: John Holbrook
January 01 2022, 2:46 pm | Comments 0

The Next Generation

God’s work had come full circle, and a new generation of missionaries had launched.

By: John Holbrook
October 01 2021, 3:31 pm | Comments 0

The Child Missionary

My joy knew no bounds when, several months later, Palincin was carried by two burly men down into the river where the pastor prayed over and baptized her.

By: John Holbrook
September 01 2021, 9:52 am | Comments 0


True to their word, the village met the team of native church leaders with open arms. Respected elders and little children, young mothers and balding fathers all pushed eagerly into the hut, which the chief donated as the new church.

By: John Holbrook
August 01 2021, 9:35 am | Comments 0

Kid Missionary

I realized then that even a bored eleven-year-old kid can lead someone to Jesus!

By: John Holbrook
May 01 2021, 8:21 am | Comments 0

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