Pray that the Lord would raise up elders.
Art was born in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, but came to the United States legally with his family when he was eleven years old. When he was a senior in high school, a friend from work invited Art to a local Baptist church where he heard the Gospel and later received Christ. While studying to be a clinical dietitian at the University of Illinois in Chicago, he attended Moody Church. There, Art met his wife and became involved for the first time in ministry to Hispanics. Art also served as a deacon at Moody Church and helped a church planter in a Mexican neighborhood of Chicago. He was employed by the Westlake Community Hospital and later the Norwegian American Hospital in Chicago as a clinical dietitian and diabetes educator. It became Art’s desire to return to Mexico to share the Gospel. Then Art and Vicki became missionaries with TEAM in May 1992.
Vicki became a Christian when she was thirteen years old in a small town in northeastern Pennsylvania. She later attended the Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania and earned a degree in education and a Masters of Science in the Education of Exceptional Persons. She taught in private and public schools in Pennsylvania.
One summer, while on break from her teaching responsibilities and while visiting friends in Chicago, she felt that the Lord was calling her into missionary service. The following summer, she served as a short term missionary in the frontier area of Kenya. Vicki moved to Chicago to finish her Bible requirements at the Moody Bible Institute and was employed at Moody Church where she met her husband Art. She taught at Wheaton Christian Grammar School before the family left for Mexico with TEAM. Art and Vicki became career missionaries in 1992.
Art (husband), Vicki (wife) and three children
Church planting: Evangelism, Discipleship, Training Leaders
Art and Vicki minister with Adonai Evangelical Church of La Playa, a church plant which is about 5 miles from their first church, Emmanual Evangelical Church of Los Cabos. Emmanuel Church is now under Mexican leadership.
Adonai Church was started in August 2012 as a Bible study which gradually transitioned into a church plant. Most of the people in La Playa are involved in some aspect of tourism (fishing, hotel services, etc.) At first, the people in the town were very resistant. However, because of benevolence and community service projects, people seem to have softened. About 87 people attend regularly.