Both Cam and Emily are from rural Ontario and grew up in Christian homes surrounded by the testimonies of missionaries from around the world. From an early age, they both felt that God was leading them to share the good news of the gospel in cross-cultural contexts.
In 2011-2012, Cam attended Word of Life Bible Institute in Owen Sound, ON, while Emily attended New Brunswick Bible Institute. Emily then studied nursing at the University of Western Ontario while Cam continued with his Bible and missions studies, graduating from the Ethnos Emanate program in 2016. In 2017, Emily spent a year serving with the Gospel Mission of South America in Chile as a single missionary while Cam studied linguistics at Ethnos360’s Missionary Training Centre in Missouri. Cam moved to Colombia in early 2019 with hopes of being part of an indigenous church plant. However, due to changing field realities he returned home shortly before the global Covid-19 pandemic. Although they had known each other since high school, Cam and Emily began dating long-distance during Cam’s last few months on the field and the early pandemic lockdowns. On October 3rd, 2020, in God’s perfect timing, they were married at their sending church in Mount Forest, ON.
Emily has continued to work as a registered nurse throughout the pandemic, and she will finish the Ethnos Emanate missionary training program in December 2022. As Emily goes through the process of joining Ethnos Canada, Cam has been pursuing his MA in Linguistics and Translation through Trinity Western University.
Cam and Emily are currently enroute to Mexico where they hope to serve alongside the Mexican church in linguistics and Bible translation ministry.