Stephen and Celeste met in 2004 while she was serving her 3rd year in Malawi, teaching at Central Africa Bible College, located in Chitipa, Malawi. This is where Stephen was attending his 2nd year. He is now an associate pastor, campus pastor and teacher, and serves as zone pastor over several churches. Christian Academy Mission Starter School, which they have founded, is due in part to the Lord leading through their son Andrew who is now 9 years old. This school is providing much-needed quality education and spiritual training for children and also provides parenting classes for students’ families. Within four short years of these classes, the parents have now become the Board of Directors of the School, and the school is thriving under their leadership. In a country where 46.8 % of the population is under 14, but is highly overlooked, reaching this people group is vital to a national positive change.
After retiring as a nurse practitioner, Pam moved to Kenya in January of 2016. Following many years of short term missions involvement, she is now dedicated to full time missions work, focusing on discipleship and teaching, networking with existing ministries. She also desires to expand her ministry in healthcare in the future.
Bill and Carla Simokaitis became Christians in 1981 and have been active in church since that time. Together, they started an outreach program in the St. Louis area which served the homeless for six years. They are also co-founders of Beyond the City Limits, Inc., a ministry to women and men infected with HIV and Aids.
In 2001, Bill and Carla visited Kenya for the first time. Since then, they have served in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, and Burundi, teaching families how to grow in Christ and offering an extended hand to help families get out of poverty.