Bob grew up in Central Illinois, but spent several years in the Pacific Northwest. He graduated from Seattle’s Lutheran Bible Institute and from Seattle Pacific University with a MCM in Cross Cultural Communication. He’s currently completing an MA in Theology from Global University. Bob spent 11 years in Japan, working with Christian churches, and 25 years in pastoral ministry in the Peoria area. He is currently a director with Community Transformation Partnership. Bob has been married to his wife Harriet for 38 years. They have two married sons, one serving in the military and one serving in Christian ministry.
Jesus got ahold of me when I was eighteen and almost died from a ruptured appendix. From that day on, I dedicated my life to serving the Lord. I graduated with a Business Administration degree from Azusa Pacific University where I learned about cross-cultural missions. Upon graduation, I went to Tokyo, Japan as a missionary, and met my husband, Bob. We married and returned to Japan for ten years, working with Japanese churches. After my two sons were born, my focus was on raising them and supporting my husband in Japan and in Peoria, Illinois, where he was a pastor for 25 years. My sons are now grown and married and all love the Lord. Music has always been a big part of my life. I've been a piano teacher and have served on many worship teams. My desire is to keep on living for the Lord and see what He will do in Central Illinois-and beyond!
Ryan was raised with an entreprenuer background in his family's culinary business. He has a masters of Bible and theology from Lincoln Christian University and a MBA from Southern Illinois University Carbondale with specialization in International business and globalization. He currently heads a catering company Hick'ry Catering Company, LLC, and a furniture store, Mattress for Less, both in Peoria, IL.
Mandy is from rural southern Illinois. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in German from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and completed her Masters in Organizational Leadership at Lincoln Christian University. Mandy is wife to Ryan, mother to their four, and manager of all things. She enjoys heading up the administrative side of the school in between keeping the house going and homeschooling the older two of their children.