John and Barri became disciples while studying Civil Engineering and Sociology at Louisiana State University in 1983. They were married in 1985 and moved to Memphis, TN where John completed his Master’s Degree in Religious Studies from Harding University. Together, they have led ministries throughout the US, as well as Bangkok, Thailand, and Manila, Philippines.
They are both still fluent in Thai, and regularly travel around the world teaching about Jesus and strengthening the church.
They have two daughters who are married and are faithful Christians in Denver, CO.
For fun, John has a passion for the outdoors and enjoys running, archery, and bowhunting. Barri enjoys cooking, hosting parties, and enneagram coaching.
Grayson grew up in small-town Minnesota alongside four brothers. After heading off to college he discovered his passion for ministry. He served as a campus intern at the University of Minnesota where he finished his bachelor’s in history. An ardent fan of basketball he enjoys passing on his love of the game. Serving as a coach at the Reggie Hearn basketball camp in
Malawi, Africa was a high point of his story so far. He also enjoys reading and writing as well as language acquisition. He hopes to someday become a published author.