About IBJM


Dr. Jacob GartenhausInternational Board of Jewish Missions was founded in 1949 by Dr. Jacob Gartenhaus, a "completed" Jew, who, after being reared in an Orthodox Jewish home in Austria, moved to America in search of riches. Instead, he was led to the Messiah by his older brother in New York City.

Persecuted and beaten by his friends and forsaken by family, Dr. Gartenhaus immediately began a ministry among his own people. After 28 years in Baptist denominational work among the Jewish people of the Southern United States, Dr. and Mrs. Gartenhaus founded International Board of Jewish Missions.


The Word of God

We believe that the sixty-six books of the Bible are verbally inspired (God-breathed) and without error in the original languages and that they are the supreme and final authority in matters of faith and practice.
(II Timothy 3:15-17)


All workers are supported by freewill contributions of Bible-believing churches and concerned individuals. IBJM is free of any ecclesiastical control and stands opposed to modernism, liberalism, and worldliness. 

IBJM is a faith Mission, depending wholly upon God to supply our needs in answer to prayer. Contributions to International Board of Jewish Missions, Inc. may be designated to the workers, a special project, or to the general fund which handles all administrative responsibilities for our workers.


Goals and Objectives

The Goals and objectives of IBJM include:

  • To establish and maintain New Testament churches near Jewish communities.
  • To train Christians in methods of approach to Jews, and to provide materials to develop an effective witness.
  • To distribute relief to needy Hebrew Christians.
  • To bring light through the gospel to Jews and Gentiles, pointing them to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, the Messiah, and to encourage spiritual growth.

Meet the Staff

International Board of Jewish Missions is headquartered in Hixson, Tennessee where our dedicated staff manages all aspects of the ministry. Here is a list of the current staff members and a description of who they are and what they do to contribute to the mission of IBJM.