Walter and Cheryl attended Calvary Bible College in Kansas City, MO.
Cheryl graduated with a double major in Bible and Missionary Nursing, being a licensed RN.
Walter graduated with a double major in Bible and Secondary Education with endorsements in Bible and mathematics, certified by ACSI (Association of Christian Schools International). He also took some graduate hours on learning disabilities and is a certified therapist through the National Institute for Learning Development (NILD).
While in Bible college, God challenged Walter and Cheryl to become missionaries, specifically to teach at an MK (missionary kid) school. Cheryl had the privilege of being an MK and growing up in the Philippines. In August 1987, Walter and Cheryl enrolled in New Tribes Missions Institute in Wisconsin for a year and then their Language School in Camdenton, MO for a half a year. They began raising their support in January 1989, and by the 4th of July, they were flying to the Philippines.
The Spicer have been missionaries with Ethnos360 (formerly called New Tribes Mission) for 31 years, teaching MK’s in the Philippines. They serve at Faith Academy (FA) where Cheryl is a school nurse and Walter has had several different ministries, including math teacher, NILD therapist (teaching children with learning differences), middle school counselor, vice-principal, and middle school principal. Their ministry is a vital part in advancing God’s Kingdom in SE Asia. They finished their last home assignment in July 2019 and are presently serving at FA: Cheryl as a school nurse and Walter as the Deputy Head of School (the assistant to the Head of School).