Who Are We
Jordan and Paul were married in January 2007. Most of the content on this site reflects their life together and their shared passion for the French to fall in love with God. Below read a bit of our individual biographies.
I always thought my upbringing was “normal.” Big family, went to church every week, missions was important, parents and siblings all loved Jesus. So when all of my siblings went on missions trips and I possibly felt “called” to missions from a very young age – it all seemed normal to me. But my calling was anything but normal.
All of that to say I grew up in a home that loved God. That prioritized God. That had God at the center of everything – every activity, conversation, and relationship. This is what I pray I’m able to embody (even a little) in all I do.
When I went off to college (University of Wisconsin – Stout), I immediately got heavily involved in a campus ministry there. The ministry was large, and all student-lead. Being as involved as I was renewed an excitement within me – not only for ministry in general, but missions – as we had a large sending movement.
It was at our undergrad where I met my love, Paul. We dated throughout college and married. It was an exciting time, as we both felt called to serve the Lord overseas (France) and wanted to make the best impact possible for Christ. As we prayed through how to get across the ocean, we came to the conclusion that God has wired us both in ways that would lend itself well to Church planting. And so here we are – waiting for what God will do in and through us as we begin this adventure together.
The need in France was first brought to my attention my Freshman year of College. That summer I went to see for myself, and to participate in what God was doing there. It quickly became clear that this is where God was calling me, and I went back for another year before graduating from the University of Wisconsin in 2007. I continued my studies at Bethel Theological Seminary where I received my Masters of Divinity (emphasis on communications and preaching) in the spring of 2012.
In my previous life I was a semi-professional freestyle skier who had a number of corporate sponsors, and was fortunate enough to run regional events, produce films, and write for international publications. I am also a businessman, currently running his second company (a software development company).
Added to the family in 2008 he is full of fuzz and a great little cat. He spends his free time sleeping or watching the people and traffic from our windows.
If you get to know Maximus, you will know he is your friend by the incessant licking of your hair – and if you’re really lucky, a head-butt styled nuzzle.
If Max is the little fuzzy addition to the family, then Pepe is the huge furry friend of our family. Weighing in at just about 100 pounds, he is the big baby of the household. He loves cuddling and sitting on your lap..or the lap of two or three, as he really doesn’t fit on one person’s lap anymore, though he thinks he still does. He will bring a smile to your day, no matter what.