Vince & Marylil Spady

The Lord equipped Vince and Marylil to serve ABM in many ways from construction to tea parties. In ‘02, Arctic Barnabas Ministries came as their dream-come-true with opportunities to return to native villages to serve and encourage missionaries as they were encouraged 30 years before! They know the challenges and isolation of bush living first-hand.

Since childhood, Vince dreamed of moving to Alaska. Born and raised in Long Beach, California, they enjoyed friendship in high school, dated in college, married in ‘70, then moved to Montana. With a B.A. from Cal State U. Long Beach, Vince taught school while Marylil completed her B.S. in Elem. Ed. at Montana State U. Two weeks after graduation in ’72, they headed for Alaska. Their third day here, they boarded a floatplane to the remote village of Sleetmute on the Kuskokwim River—home of 100 Eskimos and a two-teacher schoolhouse. The Spadys taught and nurtured 35 children and became part of the community for 4 years. Through the prayers and commitment of faithful missionaries from other villages, the Spadys came to a saving knowledge of Christ in ‘76.

As new Christians they attended Multnomah Bible College in Portland, Oregon, then returned to Soldotna, Alaska to serve the Lord as teachers, parent their 3 children, and do church lay ministry. Vince retired after 23 years of teaching and several years of commercial bush flying. Their 2 married daughters and 4 grandchildren live in Placerville, California. Their son Joe is attending Vanguard University in California.