I am a farm boy from central Illinois. My childhood was spent in cattle barns and corn fields. In school I participated in football (it was a very small school), track and band. I remember going down to the band room after school to bug the band director for a lesson while I waited for my mom to finish her work as a teacher. Those after school lessons led me to study instrumental music in college. While at school, I first heard the claims that Christ had on my life. It took a while but the promise in John 1:12 “he gave the right to become children of God” prompted me to trust Christ with my life. I was blessed with Christians who spent time with me and helped me grow in my new faith.
After college I worked for 15 years with middle school bands and for 9 years as a data processor for an insurance company. Through missionaries who stayed in our house, I learned about schools for the children of missionaries. In the year 2000 Peg and I moved to Kandern, Germany to teach at the Black Forest Academy (BFA). The time since has been filled with various math and computer classes and helping with instrumental lessons. We have been thrilled to be class sponsors with 3 different classes while at BFA. Germany is a long way from the small town Illinois farm community however it is a privilege to partner with missionary families who are working in many different parts of the world.
A joyful heart is good medicine. Proverbs 17:22
I grew up in a happy family with two brothers. Our family went camping each summer and we were able to see much of the United States. Each fall, our church would have a missions emphasis month where various missionaries would come and share their wonderful stories. I loved to travel and my interest in missions began in my elementary years however I had a lot to learn about the need of a Savior.
In college, through the Navigator ministry I better understood why Jesus came to live among us, how to share my faith, and to live according to the scriptures. After graduate school and getting married, I taught for 4 years. I was able to be at home to raise our 3 children. Along with home schooling, playing in a symphony, teaching private violin lessons, and serving at our church, my life was abundantly full.
I have had some health issues, working through cancer two times. I have learned to be thankful for every breath, to better understand those who go through various tests and pain in illness, and deeply appreciate my family and faith family from the depth of my soul.
In 1997, my husband and I both sensed God moving us into a new direction. We had housed missionaries in our home for various conferences. The suggestion to serve Christ at a Missionary Kid school came to mind. After training with TEAM, in 2000, we moved to Germany to teach. Two of our children graduated from the Black Forest Academy. I have taught violin and 2nd grade. The German musicians have embraced me in a symphony orchestra, a chamber orchestra, and I have had the honor to play on various worship teams. My husband and I truly enjoy pouring into students and it is done with happy hearts.
Teacher at Black Forest Academy an MK school in Kandern, Germany
Randy (husband), Peggy (wife), Children: Rachel, Kara, Joshua
Providing education for the children of missionary families
Primary Prayer Request:
To be faithful to the trust placed on us by the parents of the students.
2 Corinthians 2:14 … through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of him
That we would be the fragrance of Christ.