James and Renata Bultema
Missionaries, M.Div. '89.
James & Renata Bultema have served with The Evangelical Alliance Mission (TEAM) in Turkey since 1990. James serves as pastor of the St. Paul Union Church and director of the St. Paul Cultural Center, while Renata manages the Center and also directs Olive Grove, a summer camp for multi-cultural children that the Bultemas also founded. The St. Paul Cultural Center provides a home not only to the St. Paul Union Church, but also to Turkish and German-speaking congregations. Well accepted in its Muslim context, the Center exists ‘for the good of Antalya and the glory of God,’ providing a home for English- and Turkish-speaking congregations and facilitating cultural learning and compassionate outreach. “We committed ourselves to Turkey sight unseen and for the long term, which is likely the only way God could have gotten and kept us here,” says James. “Seven arduous years of ‘faith in famine’ have prepared us for seven marvelous years of fulfillment and fruit.”