Terry and Gloria volunteered with ABM for the summer of 2008 and were accepted as associate staff members in late fall. They lived in Southeast AK for more than thirty years.
Terry is a retired psychologist, commercial pilot, and an A & P mechanic. He grew up in Missouri, obtained a BA in Math, and was commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant in the Army. His flight training in Middle Tennessee State College ROTC program sparked a life long love for flying, even though his military flying career ended abruptly after a flight physical. After a stint in the Army as an artillery officer, he returned to school for a teaching certificate and a Master’s degree in counseling, taught school, and was a school counselor for a couple years before returning to the University of Missouri to earn a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology. He directed the Counseling and Testing center at North Texas State U. from ‘71 until ’76 when the state of Alaska designated him as Personnel Psychologist to develop nondiscriminatory tests for hiring and promoting state troopers. In ‘83 he entered private practice as a psychologist in Juneau and several smaller communities in SE Alaska. His marriage of thirty-five years ended in divorce shortly after retirement in the late 90’s. He has three children and one granddaughter on the way. Kirk, his oldest is a graphic artist in Southern Cal. His son Steve, a professor in a Christian college in Texas, and his daughter Liz is a missionary with YWAM in San Francisco, CA.
Terry accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior as a young teen. He took all the Bible classes offered during his early college years, was ordained as a Baptist deacon, and served in many teaching, administrative, finance, and board positions. He was a member of Auke Bay Bible Church in Juneau for the past twenty-seven years. During his years with the State of Alaska he spent a great deal of time in the villages where he became aware first hand of the struggles and joys of Christian workers in remote areas.
Gloria grew up in South Dakota and spent a year in Minneapolis training to work for the airlines. She was hired by Delta and worked in Chicago for six years. In the early 70’s she spent four years with Alaska Airlines in Sitka, married, moved to Juneau, and worked for Wien Airlines until their demise. Her daughter Tabatha was born in 1985, and her marriage ended in divorce six years later. She was a single mom for nine years, and although raised in the church, came to a saving knowledge of Christ through the ministry of Moody Broadcasting and Bible study with a group of Christians in Juneau. She and Tabatha attended Auke Bay Bible Church where she worked with AWANA, youth and women’s ministries, and eventually met Terry. Since moving to Kenai, she was blessed with a position in the Office of Children’s Services for the State of Alaska.
Terry & Gloria met at Auke Bay Bible Church, but dating was delayed by a series of tragic events in which Terry lost his father, two brothers, and his best friend and wife. The need for support was never more clearly demonstrated than during that difficult year of 1999. Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. 2 Cor. 1:3-4. NIV.
Terry & Gloria dated during the year 2000 and married Jan. 26, 2001. They continued to be active at Auke Bay Bible, Terry as assistant treasurer, Gloria as director of women’s ministry. In late 2006, Terry attended Cochise College in Douglas, AZ to obtain an aircraft mechanic license. They arrived in Kenai in May 2008 to work with ABM. How blessed to serve and support those who share the good news of Jesus in the Alaska Bush.