David and Elizabeth Blanton (Ethan, Anna)
David’s background is sales and sales management in the office automation industry. Short-term mission trips ignited the Blanton’s interest in full-time missions with a clear calling to missionary aviation. David began flight training in January 2011 and now holds a Commercial Pilot Certificate with an Instrument Rating. He earned his A&P Mechanic Certificate at Liberty University and came to MMS for further experience. David just received FAA Inspection Authorization.
At MMS, David is an aircraft mechanic, participating in the full range of maintenance events. The Blantons are approved to serve with New Tribes Mission Aviation and will begin training/orientation with New Tribes Mission in August 2017. David will serve as a pilot/mechanic.
David and Allison DeJong (Joelle)
David grew up in New Mexico and Allison in Colorado. David worked four years with an organization that ministers to military personnel before God directed him to missionary aviation. (He had considered aviation ministry during high school.) Before coming to MMS, Allison served as children’s education director at the church they attended. Her primary responsibility now is care of their infant daughter.
At MMS, David is an apprentice aircraft mechanic and plans to serve in missionary aviation as a maintenance specialist.
Andrew and Trisha Gudeman (Grace, Micah)
Andy grew up in Pennsylvania and graduated from Messiah College with a degree in Christian Ministry. His love of aviation goes back to early childhood and he obtained a Private Pilot Certificate in 1996. He and Trisha served in campus ministry several years. At the 2010 Smoketown Mission Aviation Fest in eastern Pennsylvania the Lord brought them to missionary aviation. It was a natural transition to combine Andy’s love of God, people, and ministry using his aviation interest and skills.
At MMS, Andy is an apprentice aircraft mechanic and pursuing service as a pilot/mechanic. After obtaining his mechanic certificate he will get further flight training at MMS’ flight training partner, Missionary Air Group, in North Carolina.
Jenny grew up in a Christian family in northeast Ohio, and was homeschooled along with two younger brothers. After graduating from the University of Akron in 2011, she worked as a mechanical engineer for three years before coming to MMS. Since her teen years, Jenny had a growing interest in missions. In college she looked into what role she might have and discovered the great need for mechanics in missionary aviation. Jenny says, “I became excited at the possibility of serving in this technical, hands-on, background sort of way!”
At MMS, Jenny is an apprentice aircraft mechanic and plans to serve as a maintenance specialist. Her engineering background is an asset that adds value to her service.
Brad and Crystal Hoblit (Lilla, Boston)
Brad and Crystal grew up in western Ohio and were raised under the teaching of God’s word. Brad came to MMS holding mechanic and pilot certificates. He says, “God brought us to MMS Aviation as a place to grow both technically and spiritually as the first step in our missionary life.” The Hoblits are motivated by Psalm 67:3, which reads, “Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you!”
Brad currently gains maintenance experience in the MMS hangars and will later go to Missionary Air Group in North Carolina for further flight training. He plans to serve as a missionary pilot/mechanic.
Ryan and Mary Hokuf (Brooke)
Ryan grew up in Maryland and Mary in upstate New York. Both were raised in strong Christian home environments. They met while attending Cedarville University where both earned Mechanical Engineering degrees. Their desire to serve in missionary aviation grew out of wanting others to come to faith in Christ, recognition of their abilities, and an interest in aviation.
Ryan is pursuing service as a Pilot/Mechanic in missionary aviation.
Jason and Anita Maust (Corban, Kaitlyn, Caleb, Collin)
Both from Ohio, Jason and Anita have, along with their regular employment, been involved in youth ministry almost 20 years at their local church. Jason’s work experience includes consulting and sales for a large lumber company. Along with a passion for ministry, Jason developed a keen interest in aviation. These led to preparation for missionary aviation service at MMS.
Having studied the French language 10 years during his schooling, Jason desires to serve as a missionary pilot/mechanic where French is spoken. Oui.
Stephen and Emily Swartzentruber
Stephen grew up in Delaware and Emily is from Southern California. Both placed their faith in Christ at an early age. Being mechanically inclined, Stephen worked on farm equipment and other machinery. When a family with Mission Aviation Fellowship came to their home for a meal, Stephen realized God could use his skills. Emily became interested in missionary work because of a short-term ministry trip to Belize. Stephen and Emily met at a New Tribes Bible Institute and were married in July 2016.
Stephen is preparing to serve as an aircraft maintenance specialist.
Keith and Jenny Woockman (Malina, Everett, Walter)
Keith calls South Dakota home and Jenny is from St. Louis. Keith attended a Bible college in St. Louis and met Jenny at the church she attended. Both had gone on short-term mission trips but did not see themselves becoming missionaries. The Woockmans were in youth ministry six years before pursuing missionary aviation. During Keith’s first year in Bible college, however, a former missionary pilot introduced Keith to the needs of mission aviation.
Keith is pursuing service as a Pilot/Mechanic in missionary aviation.