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Caitlan (McKinney) Small - Class of 2006

posted May 16, 2013, 7:04 PM by Faith Academy Alumni Coordinator   [ updated May 16, 2013, 7:05 PM ]

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Hello from Aaron and Caitlan Small! We wanted to make a Blog to help keep our friends and family updated on what we are doing. Currently, we have both just finished our second year

at Duke Divinity School in Durham, NC, where we are both getting a Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree. We have one more year left in the program so, Lord willing, we will be graduating in May 2014. We both love the Church so much, and have long felt called to spend our lives in ministry. We have been seeking God’s guidance as we discern exactly what that ministry will look like, and it has recently begun to really take shape. We are excited to share with you how God is leading us on this journey!

While we have always had a heart for missions, God recently confirmed our calling to overseas ministry. This March we went on a weekend prayer retreat and took some set-apart time to pray intentionally about our lives and our future. We did not share what we felt God was leading us towards with each other until the end of the retreat, and it was amazing to see how God had placed the exact same things on both of our hearts! We both felt a strong call to teach and plant churches in urban environments in Southeast Asia – particularly Indonesia or Thailand. We still do not know many specifics (what cities, where to teach, if we are to do both at the same time or at different stages in life, etc.), but we were very excited that God has shown us this next step. Having some more clarity about what exactly we are preparing for has made our coursework and internship experiences seem more meaningful and directed. Over this next year as we finish school we will be researching and applying to missions agencies and discerning how we can best transition into overseas ministry. Please pray for us as God continues to guide us each step of the way!

In addition to these long-term plans, we also have a very exciting ministry opportunity happening this summer! Part of our degree program involves participating in internships at various churches that the Divinity School staff assigns us to. These internships allow us to gain firsthand ministry experience, integrate what we are learning in the classroom into the church, and receive mentoring from a pastoral supervisor. Last summer we were both interns at Rocky Mount UMC in Mooresville, NC, and this academic year Caitlan was the intern at Fairview UMC in Elon, NC (Aaron will do his academic year placement next year). Both of these internships have been fantastic! We have learned so much and have been so blessed and welcomed by the congregations. Our current field education internship placement for Summer 2013 is at Westview Methodist Church, which is near Pretoria in South Africa. Caitlan went to South Africa 5 years ago through Wheaton College to learn about urban ministries, but this will be Aaron’s first time there. This opportunity will allow us to gain more cross-cultural church ministry experience as a couple. We are looking forward to learning from our brothers and sisters in Christ in South Africa, and seeing how God is moving and working in the church there!

This week we are visiting Aaron’s family in Pennsylvania, but we will be flying to South Africa on Monday, May 13. We do not know much about our placement yet, but our supervisor has asked us to familiarize ourselves with driving stick shift. This is the first of what I’m sure will be many exciting challenges, as both of us only know how to drive automatic. So, we have a week to learn to drive stick shift, and to imagine how that will look while driving on the opposite side of the road! We would appreciate your prayers. :)While we may have limited access to the internet this summer, we will still be sure to update our Blog posts and put up pictures regularly. Thank you for reading, and stay tuned for more stories from our adventures in ministry!

Amanda (O’Brien) Moffitt – Class of 2004

posted Nov 4, 2012, 9:20 PM by Faith Academy Alumni Coordinator

“I'm currently in Janesville, WI just an hour and a half away from where I used to live in Chicago. My husband is a youth pastor here and I've been keeping busy assisting him, making connections with other moms in the church and taking care of our almost 2 year old son Zeke. It always seems like there isn't much to say when people ask us what is new in our lives because between both youth groups and home life and keeping up with friends we seem to always be going somewhere. That's just "normal" for us and we like it that way. We have been really blessed at where God has placed us with a great church with supportive leadership who just really enable us to teach and help the youth grow in their walk with Christ. It's really incredible to see. God is constantly reminding us and showing us just how blessed we are. The biggest news and blessing lately is that we have baby 2 coming this May and so we're absolutely excited about that."

Ben Spicer - Class of 2008

posted Oct 16, 2012, 11:57 PM by Faith Academy Alumni Coordinator   [ updated Oct 16, 2012, 11:59 PM ]

Ben and Jessica were married in Benton, Kansas on June 24, 2012 in the evening.  Jessica is the youngest daughter of Wilson and Lori Kannenberg in Manaus, Brazil.  Her father is a pilot with Wings of Mercy, an affiliate of Missionary Aviation Fellowship.  Ben and Jessica live in Branson, MO.  Ben is a senior at College of the Ozarks and will be doing his student teaching next semester for Physical Education with a minor in math.  Ben is also a lifeguard at the college and is teaching children to swim in a program sponsored by C of O and Red Cross.   Jessica graduated from C of O (same college) May 2012 and is working in Springfield, MO as a registered nurse.

Left to right: Zach Burnham (cousin and youngest son of Martin, (class of '77) and Gracia Burnham), Hannah Washam, her maid of honor, Paul Spicer, (brother and best man and class of '10), Julie, her sister, Jessica Kannenberg, Ben's wife and MK from Brazil, Ben Spicer, (class of '08), Juliana Spicer, senior at Faith, Timothy Burnham, (son of Doug Burnham, (class of '80), Ashley Spicer (sister, class of '12) and Dawson Burdick, (friend and class of '08)

Matt '02, Zach '00 and Krista '97 Wiese

posted Oct 10, 2012, 9:25 PM by Faith Academy Alumni Coordinator   [ updated Oct 10, 2012, 9:27 PM ]

Wiese Siblings summer 2012: (L-R) Danny & Krista (Wiese '97) Caldwell & 3 kids. Matt ('00) & Sherina & Titus Wiese. Zach ('02) & Jill Wiese & kids Anna, Erynn, & Benton Wiese.  Matt & Sherina are living on Long Island, NY working along side our parents (their Pastor) as Youth ministers. Zach & Jill live and work in Missouri and are active in their church.

Caitlan (McKinney) Small, '06

posted Aug 30, 2012, 10:46 PM by Faith Academy Alumni Coordinator   [ updated Aug 30, 2012, 10:46 PM ]

I am attending Duke Divinity School in Durham, North Carolina, where my husband, Aaron, and I are both earning a Masters of Divinity. We just finished our first year, and have two years left in the program.

Caitlan (McKinney) Small, Faith Academy - Manila, Class of 2006


Toby Huyssen, '02

posted Mar 27, 2012, 8:02 PM by Deanna Nichols

I graduated in 2002.  I'm now married to a Filipina, Ginny and we are about to have our first son, mid-April.  Currently I'm the leader of World Missions for Jesus.  We have ministries for children in the TakTak area in Antipolo (about 120 kids each week).  We are currently working on building a church for the community and getting sponsorship for them with Compassion Intl.  We have a band and worship team called Gloryfall.  We have released 4 albums internationally and have trained over 100 church bands.  We also do evangelistic concerts.  We have a professional recording studio where we help Christian bands record in order to spread the gospel through music.  Right now, I'm working with a group of people in the Christian music community start a Christian Music Association.

Steven and Rachel (Lehman) Miller, '07

posted Sep 8, 2011, 9:21 PM by Faith Academy Alumni Coordinator

On June 25, 2011, Steven Miller (son of Carl and Suzie Miller) and Rachel (Lehman), daughter of Bob and Deb Lehman were married. With many of their friends and family present and with prayers coming from friends and family in the Philippines it was a wonderful ceremony and a fun reception. The couple are now living in Arlington TX where they hope God will use them in many wonderful ways. If anyone would like to reach them they can be emailed at Miller_Steven@ or through the mail at 3700 Village Glen Trail, Arlington TX 76016. Your continued prayers are of course appreciated. 

Stephen and Teri (Ebert) Pardue, '02

posted Sep 8, 2011, 8:02 PM by Faith Academy Alumni Coordinator

We currently live in Wheaton, Illinois where Stephen is finishing up his PhD at Wheaton College in Systematic Theology.  He will be defending his dissertation in October, so we are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel!

We are also currently raising support to return to the Philippines, Lord willing, in May of 2012 as missionaries with the organization TeachBeyond.  Stephen will be working with a seminary in Manila, and our children will be the third generation in our family to attend Faith Academy!  We have three kids Ava (5), Lucy (3), and Simon (1).  We can be reached at

Chelsea (Nelson) Conner, '00

posted Sep 6, 2011, 8:56 PM by Faith Academy Alumni Coordinator   [ updated Sep 18, 2011, 10:48 PM by Deanna Nichols ]

Matthew and Chelsea (Nelson) Connor live in Malukus, Indonesia with our two kids Indeah Grace (2 1/2 years) and Josiah Matthew (1 year). Matthew helps communities plan Scripture use programs and recently built a recording studio for recording Bible stories and songs in local languages. Chelsea gets to hang out with our kids and is in the process of organizing the Wycliffe Maluku library and whatever other planning/organizing jobs that no one else has time for. We pretty much have the best jobs in the world :)

Indeah is busy learning Ambonese Malay, holding every baby she can get her hands on, and playing with our neighbor friends. Josiah is very eager to try out his new walk/run all over our neighborhood, is full of snuggles and laughter, and is very focused on whatever task/toy is at hand.

Katie Cole, '03

posted Sep 6, 2011, 8:40 PM by Deanna Nichols   [ updated Sep 6, 2011, 8:56 PM by Faith Academy Alumni Coordinator ]

I recently started my second year at International Community School in Bangkok, Thailand. I teach 4-year old kindergarten and absolutely love it and love living in Thailand. I enjoy exploring this beautiful country and its neighboring countries too. I hope to make it back to the Philippines again soon. This year I have the privilege of working alongside another Faith alum- Katie Stapleton Martens ('02) and her husband Steve Martens ('02)! Last year I enjoyed having several reunions with Faith friends whether here in Thailand, in Myanmar, or in the US this past summer. Those reunions are always so memorable and special. Let me know if you are ever passing through Bangkok!

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