Who We Are (Birthdays etc.)
Because of my love for youth I counseled at Camp Joy in Wisconsin for two summers. During my second summer at camp I surrendered to the unmistakable leading of God to be a missionary.
I returned to Bible college with a Bible/Missions major and helped organize two student-led mission trips to Cameroon. On the second trip my fiancé, Rebecca Sykes, traveled with me and four other students. The following year Becca and I were married. After taking a survey trip in the fall of 2000, we recognized the Lord’s leading to serve Him as a church planting team in Cameroon West Africa.
In 2004 we moved to Cameroon and in April of 2007, Bible Baptist Church of Bambili and Faith Baptist Church of Bamenda were established. In March of 2010, the Faith Baptist Church of Benakuma was established. In April of 2012, this church built their own building. Living Water Baptist Church of Akum was started in 2013, and during that same term, the Faith Baptist Bible College in Bamenda was also established for the education and equipping of men and women for the work of the ministry.
I really got to know Ben while we traveled together on the Northern Lights Musical Ministry Team. I knew Ben’s desire to serve the Lord in Cameroon, and God knew my desire to serve the Lord in Africa. God worked out the rest of the details.
We were married a month after we graduated in the summer of 1999 (anniversary 6/5/99), and began serving the Lord at my home church in Chattanooga TN (Calvary Independent Baptist Church). We both taught at Calvary Christian School for one year. We led the young adult Sunday school class for a few years and we always enjoyed assisting our pastor and our youth pastor with any church activity or youth ministry.
God has blessed Ben and me with four beautiful children, Andrew (10/7/00), Katherine (12/21/02), Emma (6/23/04) and Faith Ann (7/14/06). I am thankful for God’s daily health, protection, and wisdom in my efforts to raise them to honor God.