Missionaries

A. Claire Marker

Serving the Philippines Director of Bicol Center for Christian Leadership Claire Marker

Nothing but Thanksgiving!

Published on November 08, 2021

Psalm 136 just keeps repeating in my mind as I write these updates. God’s goodness amazingly shines through despite difficult circumstances!

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First, Jerusalem . . .

Published on August 19, 2021

Jesus’s words to His disciples in Acts 1:8 remind us that we should first be witnesses in our home turf (to the disciples, it was in Jerusalem) and then to neighboring areas (“Judea and Samaria”) and then “to the ends of the earth.” Over the last twenty years, BCCL has equipped almost a thousand church leaders to reach their “Jerusalem” or home turf; and now, reaching “Judea and Samaria and the ends of the earth” is unfolding right before our very eyes!

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“Not My Will, but Yours Be Done”

Published on May 19, 2021

Take this cup from us Lord . . .” such is the travail of many believers today. This “cup” of tribulation called COVID‑19 has become so bitter that the deaths and desperation, the many losses and frustrations, and the things we can no longer do freely have been so difficult to swallow by so many.

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Get to know A. Claire Marker

Serving the Philippines as the Director of Bicol Center for Christian Leadership


From 2001 until her death this past October, Mayette Ativo-Bueno partnered with the NAB in the ministry of the Bicol Center for Christian Leadership (BCCL). It was a long and fruitful collaboration that saw hundreds of Christian workers receive pastoral and theological training they would not otherwise have been able to. As BCCL’s cofounder and the Center’s only director, Mayette was BCCL’s one constant throughout its history; she was the face of – and the driving force behind – the ministry. It is hard to imagine BCCL without her, but with characteristic foresight, Mayette did. For the last fifteen years, she mentored her successor, Claire Azul-Marker.

Claire is from Legazpi City and is a 2006 graduate of BCCL and a 2011 graduate of the Cebu Graduate School of Theology with an MDiv in Christian Leadership (cum laude). The Cebu Graduate School of Theology is the seminary associated with our partners in the Baptist Conference of the Philippines. Through a providential turn of events, Claire met and has now married Timothy Marker, a member of First Baptist Church of Lodi, California, and a graduate of Western Seminary. Claire and Tim have a heart for missions, serving as mission mentors with OMF International and teaching at BCCL as often as possible. With Mayette’s passing, Claire is prepared to lead BCCL into its next era of ministry.

With Claire at the helm of BCCL, the ministry is in very good hands. She is intelligent, capable, trained, and tested, and like Mayette, she has impeccable integrity. Claire has been involved in all aspects of BCCL for over a decade and knows the ministry better than anyone else. She is based in Lodi but anticipates being in the Philippines a couple times a year and for a couple months at a time. When she is not on site at BCCL, she can be in daily contact with those who are via the wonders of the internet. Because Claire is based in Lodi, not only is she close to the NAB International Office, she is also better able to visit supporting churches as needed.

Country Facts

Philippines NAB had missionaries in the Philippines until the 1990's. Before our last missionaries left the country, the Bicol Center for Christian Leadership was established under the direction of a national leader, Mayette Ativo-Bueno. BCCL is a thriving training school in the city of Legazpi, and NAB continues to send teachers to help equip leaders for the local church. Read More Facts View All Countries
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