Fred Markert

Terra Nova Project

Terra Nova is Latin for “New Earth” and expresses our confidence in both the power of the Gospel to transform lives and nations and the unshakable purposes of God throughout all of history.


After becoming a Christian in Berlin, Germany in 1973, Fred pastored a church of young people involved in Bible smuggling and ministry to the underground church of communist Eastern Europe. He graduated from Christ For The Nations Institute in Dallas, Texas in 1977, and then joined Youth With A Mission. Today, Fred leads Youth With A Mission Network for Strategic Initiatives (YWAM NSI), an international networking team based in Colorado Springs which identifies and coordinates large-scale ventures, and the Terra Nova Project (TNP). Fred’s ministry has taken him to 150 countries over the past 30 years and allowed him to collaborate on projects with a wide array of churches, denominations, mission agencies, universities and non-profit organizations worldwide.

Ministry Objectives

The Terra Nova Project integrates local churches, church networks, international ministries, and established missions groups in order to focus coordinated effort into the seven strategic initiative regions of the world:

Iran — a nation with the potential to disrupt the world as it hovers on the edge between hardline Islamic totalitarianism and youthful hunger for freedom.

China — an emerging global superpower with 1.3 billion people and a driving ambition to dominate the world with military, economic, and technical power.

The Middle East — the heart of the Muslim world with new opportunities for the Gospel in the wake of the Arab Spring.

Northern India — home to the most ancient and entrenched spiritual strongholds and dark religions, and the highest concentration of unreached peoples.

The Sahel — a bloody fault-line between expansionist Islam in Northern Africa and a still-maturing Christianity in the South.

Central Asia — a region rich in culture and oil wealth that has been targeted by aggressive Islam but longs for modernization and a place on the world stage.

Europe — where centuries of Christian heritage is in retreat from an onslaught of secularization and new-age spirituality, and where Islam is rapidly growing through immigration and proselytization.

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