Kris and I are very excited to be serving as your Awana missionaries! Both of us were raised in Ohio and lived there our entire lives before making the move to Newton, Kansas in 2004 to become new missionaries with Awana, serving central and western Kansas. In December 2011, it became clear that God was calling us leave Kansas and serve as missionaries to western Kentucky and western Tennessee. With this transition, Mike also assumes the additional responsibility of Lead Missionary over both states. We make our home in Fancy Farm, KY.
In 2013, Kris and I celebrate25 years of marriage. God has blessed us with four wonderful children: Ben (22), Emily (21), Megan (18), Katie (16).We are also excited to have a new member of the family! Lisa and Ben were married in June 2013. Before becoming an Awana Missionary, Mike worked at Nationwide Insurance for 23 years. Kris was a stay-at-home mom and part-time attorney. We had the privilege of being introduced to Awana in 1989. Kris served in our Awana Club back in Ohio for 15 years, first as a Sparks leader and Sparks director, and then 12 years as club secretary. Upon moving to Kansas, Kris served as a Sparks leader, director or secretary for 7 1/2 years. In Ohio, Mike served as an Awana commander for 14 years. We both served on the Southern Ohio Ministry Team for two years prior to becoming missionaries with Awana.
We have committed our lives to the belief that Awana helps churches and parents work together to develop spiritually strong children and youth who faithfully follow Jesus Christ. Awana is a proven approach for evangelizing and discipling kids in the church and community. As your missionaries, we strive to assist you in establishing Awana as a vital part of your local church’s outreach, discipleship, family ministry and volunteer training.