The Iris Story
Heidi and I began Iris Global (previously Iris Ministries) in 1980, and we have been missionaries for thirty years. We were both ordained as ministers in 1985 after completing our BA and MA degrees at Vanguard University in southern California. I majored in Biblical Studies, and Heidi in Church Leadership.
I am a third-generation missionary born in China, and raised in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. I was greatly influenced by my grandfather, H. A. Baker, who wrote “Visions Beyond the Veil,” an account of the extended visions of heaven and hell that children received in his remote orphanage in southwest China two generations ago.
Heidi was powerfully called to the mission field at age sixteen when she was living on an Indian reservation in Mississippi as an American Field Service student. Several months after she was led to Jesus by a Navajo evangelist, she was taken up in a vision for several hours and heard Jesus speak audibly to her and tell her to be a minister and a missionary to Asia, England and Africa. When she returned home to Laguna Beach, California, she began ministering at every opportunity and leading short-term missions teams. We met at a small charismatic church in Dana Point, and got married six months later after realizing we had the same radical desire to see revival among the poor and forgotten of the world.
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
— Matthew 5:3
In Iris, we pursue practical and tangible means of satisfying physical needs for the ultimate goal of spiritual transformation. All of our development programs seek to alleviate suffering in the lives of those we serve and continually point to Jesus as the source of abundant life.
“God greatly loves and dearly prizes everyone in His world so that anyone who believes in Him, rich or poor, kind or evil, clever or simple, old or young, plain or beautiful, dirty or clean, well or ill, can come to Him.” ~ Heidi Baker
People reached on Live to Love webcast
People in 32 discipleship programs
Children cared for
Ministers ordained through Iris Global Churches
Bible materials distributed
People ministered to in prisons
Children sponsored through Stop for the One by 1,298 sponsors
Stop for the One sponsors support 38 classrooms
People received housing assistance
I'm a paragraph. Click here to add your own text and edit me. It’s easy. Just click “Edit Text” or double click me to add your own content and make changes to the font. Feel free to drag and drop me anywhere you like on your page. I’m a great place for you to tell a story and let your users know a little more about you.
“We want to do much more than build roads, buildings, and schools. We just want Him. We want to be deeply, deeply, deeply in love with Him. Where people fall more madly and deeply in love with Jesus Christ, not losing their first love but intensifying it more and more, Heaven will come to earth and lives will be changed.”
~ Rolland Baker
Join us in proclaiming Jesus. He is our salvation, our prize, our reward, our inheritance, our destination, our motivation, our joy, wisdom and sanctification — and absolutely everything else we need.