Mike and Angie Johnson
Angie and I joined Servant Wings in the Fall of 2009. We have a 2 year old son and a newborn baby girl. Angie is able to stay at home with the two kids and watches our niece part time. Her flexibility and understanding have been invaluable as I continue my training. I am an aircraft mechanic at a local regional airline. A week before we welcomed out little girl into the world, I passed my Instrument rating check-ride -- another hurdle on the way to becoming a missionary pilot. Now onto the commercial rating and building time. Servant Wings has been a great avenue to finish the rest of my training as well as gaining more maintenance experience on the Cessna 206 which I hope to fly and maintain on the field. Along with gaining more experience myself I have been able to share some of my experience with the other candidates. Besides technical training Servant Wings has been provided us with great mentors who are able to share their experiences and encourage us along the way. We both share a love of everything aviation and look forward to serving God in this field. We are seeking God's guidance as to which organization he would have us join.
Eric and Christine Reed
We joined Servant Wings in 2008 to help Eric build the flight time and experience he needs to join Mission Aviation Fellowship as a Pilot/IT combo. Eric has his commercial license and finished his instrument rating with Servant Wings. Eric attended Portland Community College to complete a few IT (Informational Technology) courses. Kristine has her teaching degree and hopes to use it in the future on the field. We just welcomed into the world our darling daughter Jennavieve Elizabeth on Sept. 12, 2010. We are excited to be part of ServantWings because it not only allows Eric to build flight and mechanical experience, but also puts us in touch with a great group of mentors to help us along the path to missions. We passed our technical evaluation with MAF and are invited back for the July candidacy. After candidacy we'll be officially missionaries with Mission Aviation Fellowship.
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Will & Nan Grant
Will and Nan Grant are now missionaries with Mission Aviation Fellowship preparing to bring God's truth to the people of Papua, Indonesia. Will looks forward to serving God alongside his wife and using his passion for aviation by serving as a maintenance specialist. He is excited about using his experience to teach the local people about aviation, while sharing how the Lord has changed his life eternally. Nan also looks forward to working alongside her husband, and learning the intimate aspects of another culture in order to find culturally relevant ways to demonstrate the compassion, grace and abounding love found in Christ alone. She looks forward to using her God-given skills as a wife, and mother to encourage, support and honor her husband, her family and her God.
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Slick and Donna Douglass
Slick and Donna Douglass From the skies over Iraq to the African brush, Slick and Donna use aviation as a powerful and practical tool. Originally trained as fighter pilots in the F-16 and F-117 Stealth Fighter, God brought them together during assignment and deployment to South Korea. They married in Colorado then moved to South Carolina where God used them greatly in adult running and triathlon ministry with Fellowship of Christian Athletes Endurance. In February 2010 they fine-tuned their general aviation skills in the ServantWings Cessna 206 traveled off to Boise for standardization work with MAF. As they train, both are also finishing a master’s in Biblical Exposition from Columbia International University’s seminary. They have been commissioned as missionaries with Africa Inland Mission (AIM) and will complete a year of French training before arriving in Nairobi, Kenya. They will be serving with AIM-AIR, AIM’s aviation arm with their (at this writing) 5 month old daughter Zoe and Chili, their indefatigable Australian Shepherd.
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David and Christine Harms
Originally from Tualatin, Oregon, David and Christine Harms are high school sweethearts who married in 2004. Since graduating from Moody Aviation in June of ’08 and completing their requirements in Servant Wings, they are joined MAF and are now serving in Haiti as pilot/mechanic.
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Chris & Joy Konop
Chris and Joy where the first candidates through Servant Wings. They also are the furthest along from their class at Moody Aviation to reaching their goal of overseas service. We like to think this is because of their participation in the Servant Wings program.
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Pete and Betsy Ekle
In 2006 our life story changed dramatically after we made the decision to share Jesus' love & compassion by way of Missions Aviation. This type of non-profit ministry provides for both physical and spiritual needs of people groups who are only accessible by air. In pursuit of this dream we sold our home and moved from Nashville, Tennessee to Portland, Oregon for me (Pete) to attend Multnomah Bible University. In 2009, after earning my Aviation Mechanic Certifications, I was quickly hired on to work for Columbia Helicopters Inc. where I currently work when not in class. Betsy is continuing into her 11th year of teaching just across the river in Vancouver, Washington. She also leads a women's life group with Mosaic Church & has picked up painting. We both also participate in & have a growing passion for Recovery & Restoration ministry work. When we moved to Portland we knew going back to school, with kids, in a new city meant we would face many challenges. Our time in Portland has been invaluable as God has used the people and ministries here in this region to illuminate areas in us that need refinement and have given opportunities for personal growth. God has been enormously faithful to us these 4 years in more ways than we could even begin to account for in a letter. I'm excited to join Servant Wings for my flight training as it will give me a solid foundation as a missionary bush pilot.
Shannon Esson
Retired Director of Operations
I grew up as an MK (missionary kid) of parents who served with Mission Aviation Fellowship. I'm a retired airlines pilot and currently serve as a check-airman with Cival Air Patrol.
Craig Hochstetker
Director of Training
Craig is a Gold Seal flight instructor. He graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with a major in professional aeronautics and minors in aviation safety and management. Craig flew short-term, for Maranatha Ministries in the remote mountain villages of Nayarit Mexico. "This has provided me with a glimpse into the world of mission aviation. These trips to Mexico have given me a desire to serve the Lord through aviation." Craig has enthuisatically instructed the flight students of ServantWings. When not instructing Craig has a career in agriculture.