Judy and Bill first went to Africa in 1984 where they served a one year special assignment at the Assembly Bible College in Botswana. After returning to the US, where Bill earned his masters degree, Bill and Judy returned to South Africa in 1989, along with their 2 year old son Scott. They worked at Cape College of Theology (now called Cape Theological Seminary) where Bill served as academic dean.
During their time in Cape Town, the school became the regional school for Southern Africa. Megan and Matthew were born during this first term in South Africa. In 1998, after their second term in Cape Town, Bill and Judy returned to the US for a furlough and Bill began work on his doctorate. In 2000 Bill became the administrator of what was, at that time, called “Africa Theological Training Service (ATTS).” He completed his doctoral studies in 2004, while serving as administrator of ATTS. During this time the ministry name was changed to Africa's Hope because “Spirit-Empowered, Biblically Trained Leaders are Africa's Hope.”
In January of 2007, Bill was appointed the director of Africa's Hope. Africa's Hope serves 80 Bible schools and over 130 extension centers across Africa. The mission of Africa's Hope is:
To facilitate training that
equips the Church in Africa to
disciple the nations in the
power of the Holy Spirit.
In 2009, Bill became the field moderator for the country of Gabon. Gabon was a new entry field for the Assemblies of God, USA. Since that time, Bill has been working with the Gabon church, facilitating their training programs and providing leadership conferences. We began construction of the Bible school toward the end of 2013 and are hoping to begin traiing pastors and missionaries at the school in September of 2014.
In February of 2013, Bill was asked to serve as the Provost of the Pan-Africa Theological Seminary (PAThS). This is a doctoral level training program that was started as a cooperative effort of the Assemblies of God churches across Africa. The main PAThS campus is in Lomé, Togo, where it is recognized by the Togolese government. There is also a branch campus in Kenya. After thirteen years working with Africa’s Hope, Bill is excited to be working directly with a school on the continent again. PAThS is a critical point of influence as it trains the leaders of the leaders across Africa.
Judy earned her special education degree from Evangel University and works in a public high school with special needs students. Her missionary service in Botswana and South Africa was a mixture of the joy of seeing many people won to Christ through her personal evangelism, mixed with the challenges of overcoming her own battle with agoraphobia and anxiety syndrome. With no counselors to turn to, God did a tremendous work in her life through teaching her to continue to minister from her position of weakness and depend upon Him and His Word to overcome the fear that gripped her life. Added to this was the challenge of raising children that also had special needs. The lessons God taught her, and her resilient and overcoming spirit, mixed with her transparency and humorous way of communicating, have endeared her to those with whom she has come in contact.
Scott, the oldest of three children, graduated from High School with honors. He is a recipient of the Royal Rangers highest award, the Gold Medal of Achievement. He plays the guitar and violin. He enjoys the outdoors having achieved survival and frontier camping certificates. Scott joined the Army in January of 2009 and served for a year in Afghanistan. He achieved the rank of sergeant before he left the Army to begin his education while serving in the reserves. He is currently studying physics and electrical engineering at the University of Science and Technology, Rolla extension.
Megan studied at Evangel University for a degree in social work, and graduated with honors. She married Corey Charlé in August of 2012 and works as a case manager for foster children in Springfield, Mo. Corey is a student at Evangel University where he is studying for the ministry, as well as serving as youth pastor of a church plant.
Matthew, the youngest, graduated from high school with honors and is gifted in English and math. In high school he played trumpet in the band. He is in his thrid year at the University of Science and Technology, Rolla extension, and is working toward a civil engineering degree.