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by Stuart Simpson

This insightful new book revisits ministry among Native Americans and highlights 5 keys that not only address the errors of the past, but as Native Americans rise up to fulfil their God-given destiny, will also facilitate more effective partnering with the non-native Church in order that God's Kingdom purposes might be realized.


TAKE COURAGE (a series of 4 books!)


by Michelle J. Simpson

Full of stories and anecdotes, along with biblical truth, this book will be a great source of help and encouragement to many.




This is the story about Stuart's close association with one of the most successful missionaries in the modern era, along with 20 key principles and lessons we can learn from Fraser's life and ministry, still applicable today.








 by Stuart M. Simpson

A unique pack of 25 Chinese characters with bi-lingual explanatory guide.

A great tool for anyone with Chinese friends and in ministry to Chinese!


About Us

Stuart and Michelle have served with Youth With A Mission (YWAM) in China, Thailand, Canada, and their native England since 1995.  They are based in Flagstaff, AZ.  In 2003, they co-founded Catalyst Ministries.  They have three grown-up children and two grand-daughters.

Stuart is a fifth-generation believer and has been teaching the Word of God for over 30 years.   Since quitting his career as a corporate administrator with a top 100 UK plc, Stuart has been involved in full-time, cross-cultural ministry in 5 countries and 3 continents. As well as being an apostolic teacher, he is the author of Empowered! Discovering Your Place in God’s Story, and co-authored Kingdom Mission: Vol 1 Recovering the Vision & Vol 2 Outworking the Call. Stuart was the lead actor in the award-winning docudrama, Breakthrough: The Story of James O. Fraser and the Lisu People.  He is also a trained life coach, a natural ability consultant, a chaplain, and ordained through Church for the Nations, Phoenix. Stuart has a bachelor's degree in business and a doctorate degree in Christian ministry, with a specialisation in Cross-cultural and Kingdom Mission.

Michelle was radically saved and delivered from the trauma of a broken home, alcohol, smoking, pornography, and heartbreak in 1987 under the powerful ministry of evangelist, Reinhard Bonnke.  Communicating through writing, speaking and song, and a worshipper & psalmist, she loves to exhort others in faith and in the heart of God.  She has a passion for cross-cultural ministry, and to help believers live God’s plan for life and health.  Her book series, Take Courage: Finding Courage in God for Life will be available in 2018.  Michelle is a chaplain, is trained in Animal-Assisted Therapy, has a TESOL certification, and is ordained through Church for the Nations, Phoenix.  Michelle received her doctorate degree in Christian Ministry, with a specialization in Cross-cultural Mission and Natural Health & Nutrition, from Phoenix University of Theology.

Stuart & Michelle enjoy hiking, especially with their rough collie dog, Ruby, have begun organic gardening, and love nature, music, travelling, & learning more about healthy living, as well as watching British detective series and spending time with their children and grand-daughters.

Why Catalyst Ministries?

A dictionary definition of a catalyst is 'a person who causes or promotes change by their presence in a situation or their input into it'.

It involves getting things started, initiating, pioneering, starting a chain reaction.

Our Mission

  • Setting people free and empowering them to advance the Kingdom of God (Great Commission)
  • Reaching out to the hurting, emotionally deprived, and disadvantaged with the love of God (Great Commandment) - turning Disadvantage to Advantage (D2A)

Catalysts for World Mission...Kingdom Mission...God's Mission!

Stuart and Michelle have been with Youth With A Mission (YWAM) since 1995 and established Catalyst Ministries in 2003.  Building on years of pioneering in China, Thailand, Canada and the UK, now in Arizona, USA they continue to:

1. Empower People - to be effective in life & ministry, initiate disciple-making movements, and encourage believers and churches to be intentional in nation discipling across all spheres of society;

2. Reach out to the hurting & disadvantaged with the love of God.  During our time in Canada, God put the First Nations peoples of North America on our hearts, especially in relation to the tragic legacy arising from how they were treated by the first English settlers, and the way God and His Kingdom were misrepresented.  As the Church repairs these foundations, reconciliation with those who have suffered is possible and barriers preventing the receiving of the gospel are removed;

"Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins and raise up the age-old foundations; they will be called Repairer of the breach, a Restorer of streets to dwell in."  (Isaiah 58:12)

3. Cross-cultural focus: Chinese and First Nations (Native American) peoples.  See blogs and China pages on world mission drop-down menu.


This ministry is independently financed through the regular giving and gifts of partners and supporters. Catalyst Ministries is based out of Church for the Nations in Flagstaff, Arizona, USA (www.cftnflag.com).

Please go to our Support page for more details.


"Stuart and Michelle are among my heroes.  I followed their career in China for many years, and shall never forget some of those stories.  It was so fitting that Stuart was honoured to be the person to move the bones of James O. Fraser, and then depict the man in the Breakthrough documentary.  At the same time, the Simpson family have been remarkably close.  That really impresses me.  Not only are the parents devoted to their children but the children seem devoted to their parents.  They have raised three gifted young people who will no doubt go on to do extraordinary things for God in their own right - indeed they already do!" - Becky Mehaffey, Director of Overseas Missions for YWAM England & Wales

"The men of Issachar were the military scouts of Israel, who knew what God was doing through His people, but also understood what the enemy was up to and were able to report to God's people God's strategy for that season.  Stuart Simpson, a friend and co-worker in Christ's kingdom, is such a man today." - Loren Cunningham, Founder, Youth With A Mission

What Others Have Said...

"Your story is remarkable!" - Chinese believer (Canada)

"You never cease to amaze me." - P.M. (UK)

"You are a truly AMAZING and INSPIRING family!" - M.H. (UK)

"You have an amazing and challenging story to tell!!" - P. & M.A. (UK)

"So full of faith and excitement - life on the edge." - S.H. (UK)

"Always looking for people 'on the outside', valuing, including and loving them as if they were part of the Simpson family! (re our ministry with Chinese students in UK)

"A true inspiration to us!"

"An inspiration since we first knew you."

"An inspiration to so many."

"The lasting seed and fruit you have left across the continents is the sign to true apostles going out and making a difference."

"I salute them for their faithfulness to the gospel of peace." (UK Christian leader)

"On behalf of my home town, thank you for helping us understand life with love, understanding, joy and care." (re Chinese city we pioneered in)

"Without your pioneering spirit, stepping out of the boat and trusting God for everything, I would not have been able to go to China, where I saw mine and others' lives transformed." (missionary we facilitated/placed in Chinese city we were living in)

"Your faith and courage has made an exceptional difference in God's Kingdom and in the lives of many individuals such as mine." (fellow missionary)

"You really have a heart for Chinese people."

"You've helped me so much that I can't write all the points down." (Chinese missionary student)

"Thank you for helping Chinese mission." (Chinese missionary student)

"You and your family brought Jesus influence to us." (Chinese missionary student)

"You really are empowering believers." (mission training school in Canada)