Stephen and Karis met in Nairobi, Kenya in the fall of 2008 when Karis was with Serge for an 8-month internship program and Stephen was doing soccer ministry with Ambassadors Football. After tying the knot in 2011, they returned to Kenya in 2012 and joined the team in Nairobi, where they have served since. They have four children: Abigail (Sept 2016), Eoin (Jan 2019), Isaac (Aug 2020) and Julianna (Nov 2022). In May 2016, they stepped into the role of Team Leaders, where they serve the team by helping team members engage in meaningful ministry while navigating cross-cultural living well.
Additionally, Stephen is an Africa Director for Ambassadors Football, an organization that communicates the good news of Jesus through local soccer (football) outreach. His passion for leadership development, spreading the gospel and using soccer as a ministry tool come together in this role as he seeks to see a movement of empowered coaches and churches transforming lives throughout Africa.
Karis has a heart for relational ministry and missions, which are expressed through her leading the summer internship and apprenticeship programs. She has led the internship since 2012 and stepped into the role of Apprenticeship Leader in 2018.
Together Stephen and Karis share a love for leadership development, mentorship of young adults, encouraging others in the gospel, and Kenya! They love their local church, their small group, their community of friends, and co-workers who have been a family for them over the past years.