Mark and Melissa are from Everett, Washington. They both grew up in godly homes and developed a heart for missions at an early age. Mark has been leading short term missions trips from his church for years and has two brothers on the mission field, both of whom he has served alongside in short term ministry. Melissa spent 4 years in the Ivory Coast teaching missionary kids from 1989-1993.The two met at Edgewood Baptist Church and were married in 1995. They have prayed through the years for a chance to serve the Lord in missions and are gratetful that God is now calling them overseas.
In August of 2012, they visited the Philippines on a short-term missions trip and fell in love with the country and the people. Both felt God telling them that the time was finally right. They visited Faith Academy and knew immediately that they would love to work with missionary kids there. Mark will be Co Athletic Director. Melissa will be teaching 4th Grade. Mark will also be sharing God’s love to the hurting; like the many street kids in Manila, those caught up in human trafficking, and those in the grip of poverty. They will begin serving at Faith on July 22, 2015.