How did Bob & Cathy come to serve in Papua New Guinea? Before retiring from their respective careers, they were in prayer about where God wanted them to serve. They both had a desire to work in the mission field using their gifts and talents. One day a “random” email from Wycliffe Associates landed on their desk, it seemed like the opportunity in Papua New Guinea might be a a good fit. After several discussions, lots of prayer, and much preparation, they arrived in Port Moresby in May 2015. Bob accepted the position of Finance Manager and is responsible for overseeing the financial statements and implementing financial controls for the organization. Cathy was invited to help with the Guest House.
Bob has a background in financial management and non-profit fund raising. His most recent position was Vice President of Development for Seniors Recourse Center responsible for their $8M (USD) annual budget and successfully completed an $8.7M capital campaign for them.
Cathy is working part time at BTA managing the Guest House and Hall rentals. Her goal is to utilize the BTA assets on the campus so that they generate revenue for the organization. She spent her career with American Express in varying roles in sales and project management.
Bob and Cathy have been active in their church and community all of their lives – serving on their church deacon board and other non-profit boards, working as a youth leader, facilitating Bible studies in their home, and working at various inner-city ministries. This is their first extended, overseas mission trip.
Back on Denver, Colorado, they left their home with their 24 year old daughter, Lisa, and dog, Nova, to take care of things. They also have a son who is 27 and living in Wisconsin.