Years ago as a student, I browsed the pages of Moody Bible Institute’s mission aviation course descriptions. I desired to give lost people the opportunity to surrender to Jesus Christ as Lord of their lives using aviation as a tool. However, I closed the catalog, dropped it on the desk, and told the Lord, “I won’t raise support”. God used the following years and many experiences to show me His incredible attributes, His provision, trustworthiness, comfort, presence, perfect timing, and many other aspects of His character.
Still drawn toward missions and aviation, I earned my pilot’s license in ’94 and aircraft mechanic certification in ‘97, moved to Alaska ‘98, and worked as lead mechanic until I partnered with my brother to launch our own company in ‘01. My heart’s desire for this company was to raise funds for missions. However, God began to direct my vision once again to serve directly in missions.
In the spring of 2000, we met the founders of ABM. We took an opportunity to drive to Kenai to hear the vision, and I began to perform annual inspections on the ABM aircraft. I also had the opportunity to travel to villages in western Alaska and help encourage pastors and missionaries through practical service. God gave me a passionate desire to maintain the airplanes required to travel the many miles across road-less Alaska to reach those who serve in very remote areas.
With God’s clear leading, in August ‘06 my family and I pursued God’s calling to Arctic Barnabas as the Director of Aircraft Maintenance. In ‘08, our family moved to Kenai for full-time ministry. As I helped finish up an aircraft refurbishment project, God opened another door, that of ABM’s Executive Director. As we look back and marvel at God’s preparation, we also look forward with anticipation to all God has for both our family and the Arctic Barnabas team.
My wife, Becky and I, have three children: Abigail, age 11, Seth, age 9, and Allison, age 7. Becky, a former teacher, home schools our children, loves hospitality, and participates in the women’s ministry at Arctic Barnabas.