Our family is from northeastern Vermont very close to the border with Canada. Ellen and I both believed in Christ at young ages. In the year 2000, we both graduated from Cedarville University with high school teaching degrees and got married that summer. After a year away from Vermont, we moved back and became involved in our home church and I worked in Ellen’s family’s electrical supply company (Green Mountain Electric Supply) in sales and management from 2001 to 2014. Once our boys were in school, Ellen taught at United Christian Academy.
In 2013 we adopted Emmanuella from Ghana. What a blessing she is to our family! Also at that time we were praying for our good friends Craig and Sara Noyes, who were training to be tribal church planters with New Tribes Mission. God then began to challenge us to consider if we were to go. We went to New Tribes Mission’s facility in Pennsylvania called Wayumi so that we could better understand what tribal church planting is and to see if that was something God was leading us toward. Coming away from our time at Wayumi we were saying as a family that we would go as God opened the doors for us. God has been faithfully opening many doors for us to be able to go. We had the privilege of training at the Ethnos Canada training centre in Canada (Emanate) and we graduated in December of 2015. We moved to Papua New Guinea in January of 2017 with the goal of being part of a tribal church planting team. As we have been working through that process we have been working at the field orientation centre.