TJ & Charissa
How we met
Hello, Charissa and I (TJ) met at Bible college. One of the first things I noticed about Charissa was how excited she was to serve our Savior. We did a few ministries together during college and as we got to know each other, we found that we both wanted to be active in camping ministry as well as youth ministry.
Charissa and I were both excited about missions from a young age. From stories of amazing missionaries and the miraculous things God did with them, to mission trips, where we both (separately) were able to see God work in us, around us, and through us. In 2006 Charissa and I joined Mitch and Tami as missionary interns at Forward Bible Camp through InFaith. We were sent by Galt Bible Church, and plan to continue being full-time missionaries until God tells us to do something else.
How we serve together
I enjoy having Charissa as my partner in ministry. As we have 5 kids now, she is extremely busy with family matters, but always helps in ministry as well. She is active in our staffing as well as volunteer appreciation through things like staffachinos. When I am prepping a sermon or lesson, Charissa helps me with application and object lessons. It is great to have my best friend at my side as we serve the Lord together.
We are now a family of 7.
Annalise is 4 and loves her momma. When asked if she likes dad or anyone else, she may say yes, but she has to follow it up with he love for mom.
Oliver is 7 and is a sweet little guy/spitfire. He loves riding his dirt bike and helping dad at camp.
Konner is 10. He jumps when he gets excited, and he gets excited about all kinds of things. He has a very active imagination
Madilynn is 12. She loves encouraging friends and helping summer missionaries. She loves animals of all kinds, with bunnies and horses at the top of the list.
Ian is 14. He loves to read and make friends. He loves coding and videography. Ian is dual enrolled and is taking classes at the local community college while in High School. He has grown a lot in the last year and is now 5' 10".
We love serving together as a family. As the kids get older, it has been really special to see how they are able to use their talents, skills, and abilities to serve alongside us.