Together we are from Colorado, where we met in 2007. At that time we both already had some interest in missions work, but as we starting dating, God continued to grow that interest in us together. We married in 2009 and started training through Ethos 360 in 2010. In 2015 we moved to Asia Pacific and starting laying our roots there, beginning with the birth of our son (Phineas) in country.
We are now setting our minds and efforts to working with the Taliabo church. We hope to see the Bible finished being translated into the Talaibo language, as well as see the Taliabo church send out their own missionaries into their own island region. For the majority of people this part of the world is the “ends of the earth,” but for the Taliabo it is their own backyard! Pray for us, our teammates (the Rieds), and the Taliabo church as we together seek to have a lasting impact on the Kingdom of God.
Who we are…
Payton grew up in a rural part of California as the youngest of four boys. He became a believer at age fifteen after attending a local youth group. Working with his hands has always been source a joy as he’s able to serve people. He’s watched God continue to grow him in the area of studying and teaching God’s Word, as he desires to be intentional with those around him. God’s opened many doors for him to engage young men in the past few years and he’s taken up the challenge, even being able to blend in hobbies like woodworking and the outdoors.
Grace grew up in Detroit as the oldest of four girls. She came to know the Lord at age six. She loves finding new ways to creatively express God’s goodness, whether it’s in music, teaching, or writing. As God puts women in her path, she’s learning to grow in her ability to be an effective discipler. She finds joy in serving alongside Payton as they find new challenges around each corner, whether it’s problem solving, exploring the great outdoors, or working with her hands.
Finn is just about as boyish as they come. His little character is forming around the lifestyle of living and existing between the 2 worlds that we live in; born and spending most of his time in Asia-Pacific, while also being a US citizen.