Howard and Jan Biddulph
Howard and Jan Biddulph are retired, living in Wilmore, Kentucky, home of Asbury University and Asbury Theological Seminary where they continue to mentor students.
Howard and Jan worked in church planting in Bogota, Colombia, for 33 years. After they started in university work in 1971, the Bible studies multiplied, morphing into a house church and then moving to a major avenue in 1985. Today, what started as a single congregation in a strategic location has generated five daughter congregations in previously unreached sectors of middle-class neighborhoods—all led by pastors trained in the seminary and the mother church.
Back in 1971, the Biddulphs felt fortunate that their arrival in the capital city coincided with the renewal movement within the Roman Catholic Church triggered by the Second Vatican Council (1962-65), opening doors as never before to the reading of God’s Word.
Thirty-three years later, feeling that their continuance as lead pastors might be holding back the growth of more than 25 seminary-trained men and women, Howard and Jan left Colombia and moved back to Florida, serving in New Hope Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Fort Myers as pastor of Christian education and small groups for nine years before moving to Wilmore, Kentucky, to serve in mentoring at Asbury Seminary and University, before retiring in December of 2018.
The Biddulphs have two daughters, Lisa and Christy. John and Lisa Hamilton are 25-year OMS missionaries, having served for 10 years in Colombia and currently for 15 years in Uruguay’s capital city, Montevideo. John and Lisa have three children. Christy Sparks was widowed in 2013; she resides with her three teenage daughters in Mansfield, Ohio.