John & Michele grew up together at Bethel Baptist Church in Erie, Pennsylvania. They attended Hamot Medical Center School of Nursing in Erie, PA and were married five days after graduation. They moved to Cedarville, Ohio as newlyweds where the attended Cedarville University (B.A.) to prepare for a career as medical missionaries. John received graduate degrees at Grand Rapids Baptist Seminary (MDiv), Dallas Theological Seminary (STM), and Trinity International University (PhD). Michele received graduate degrees from Otterbein University (MSN & DNP).
Appointment & Ministry in Africa
John & Michele were appointed by ABWE in to Togo, W. Africa where they served for two terms. They arrived in Togo with three children ages one, three, and five. John served at Baptist Bible Hospital as hospital director and operating room supervisor. Michele served primarily as a mother and worked occasionally in the hospital clinic and taught in the MK school. They worked with another couple to bring the Tsiko Baptist Church to independence. Today the Tsiko church averages 400 in attendance and has planted three other churches.
Field Change to North America
John & Michele transferred from West Africa to North America and began a church plant in Columbus, Ohio. The church began as a Bible study in John & Michele’s home. Northeast Community Baptist Church was launched in a local high school and grew through new resident visitation. The church graduated to independent status and installed a pastor. Michele completed a BSN and MSN during this time and gained certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner.
Further Ministry with ABWE
John and Michele moved to Harrisburg, PA at the invitation of ABWE where John joined The Center for Excellence in International Ministries (CEIM) in 2008. His responsibilities included training missionaries locally and internationally. Michele joined the International Healthcare Ministries (IHM) where she has been leading short-term medical clinics to majority world nations. These clinics are held in local churches to assist them in community outreach. She completed her Doctorate in Nursing Practice in 2013 (DNP) and acquired an additional certification as a Gerontological Nurse Practitioner (GNP).
John transitioned from CEIM to serve as the Strategic Initiatives & Research Coordinator (STIR) in 2014. The purpose of STIR is to provide strategic research and initiatives to assist ABWE field teams and national partners in evangelism and church planting. Michele is presently serving with the International Healthcare Division of ABWE where she assists in the leadership of short-term medical clinics in the Majority World.
John and Michele have three adult children—Sean, Jason, & Dani Rae and two grandchildren.
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