dominican republic

Tom Franklin

Upon the completion of their undergraduate missions course in 1994 at Baptist Bible College in Springfield, Missouri, God called Tom and Regina Franklin to Cuba. At the end of their three-year internship with Noble Hill Baptist Church in Willard, Missouri, they were recognized as Baptist Bible Fellowship missionaries in September 1997. In 1998, Tom graduated from the Instituto de Lengua Española in San Jose, Costa Rica, and completed an additional two year internship at the Iglesia Biblica Bautista in San Sebastian, Costa Rica; Regina is the daughter of Costa Rican BBF missionaries John and Karry Barnes and the granddaughter of Costa Rican BBF missionary Maudie Meek. In September 2000, they were approved as career missionaries to Cuba. In May 2001, Tom and Regina completed their Masters in Intercultural Studies at the Baptist Bible Graduate School of Theology in Springfield. In September 2005, after planting four churches and four Bible clubs/feeding centers in Cuba, the Franklins changed their fields to the Dominican Republic on the island of Hispaniola due to Communist intervention. After planting the Bible Baptist Church of Tamboril, Dominican Republic, where Tom is currently pastor, and starting another Baptist Church in Don Pedro, they also founded a non-profit Dominican association called Advancing Families in 2009. In 2010, following the Haitian earthquake, the Franklins responded to many of the needs of their sister country and there started the Timothy Leadership Center and planted another Baptist Church close to Port-au-Prince.