The Rev. Christopher Royer (2)

The Rev. Christopher Royer

Executive Director
chris@afm-us.org

The Rev. Christopher Royer has been the Executive Director of AFM since July 2014. Chris was born and raised in Boulder, CO and graduated from Wheaton College with a double major in Biblical Studies and Philosophy. He went on to earn a master of arts degree from Wheaton in New Testament Studies.  He then served in a Middle Eastern country, spending his first three years learning that country’s language and culture. He lived in South Korea for a year where he married his wife, Grace. Afterwards, Chris and Grace pioneered two different church plants in the Middle East. In 2004, Chris earned a master of divinity from Denver Seminary and in 2007, a diploma in Anglican Studies from Trinity School for Ministry in Ambridge, PA. He was ordained to the transitional deaconate in 2008 and the priesthood in 2009. From 2008-2014, Chris served in parish ministry until he was called to lead AFM. Chris and Grace have two teenage daughters.

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The Rev. Pete and Shirleen Wait

Pastors to Cross-Cultural Workers
pete@afm-us.org
shirleen@afm-us.org

Pete and Shirleen Wait have served as AFM Pastors to Missionaries since April 2000. They communicate with, pray/fast weekly for, remember the birthdays/anniversaries of, visit, and provide R&R in their home for AFM's missionaries. Pete, a graduate of The University of FL College of Engineering, has Master of Arts and Doctor of Ministry degrees from The University of the South at Sewanee, TN. He is a registered Professional Engineer and has been in the “Power and Light” business two ways – as CEO of two electric power companies and as an avid Jesus Follower and Priest. Pete served as Canon for Evangelism (local and global) in the Diocese of FL prior to his work with AFM. Shirleen holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Reading Education from Florida State University and has extensive experience as a curriculum specialist, consultant, and professor. She has produced numerous publications and retired as National Curriculum Specialist from Simon and Schuster Publishing Company. Occasionally, Pete serves as a cruise-ship chaplain (with Shirleen as his senior warden, altar guild, etc.). The Waits have two children and five grandchildren and enjoy their life on the Atlantic Ocean through Harley trips with their biker buddies and adventuring on the beach.

Kristin Dumont (2)

Kristin Dumont

Director of Operations
kristin@afm-us.org

Kristin joined the AFM team in the spring of 2015 as the Administrator for our home office in Richmond, VA. Her background in missions began with a high school mission trip to Mexico, and since that time she has traveled to 40 different countries, serving the Lord and getting to know His beautiful people. One of Kristin's great joys is seeing the Lord at work among the nations. Now that she is married with two kids, Kristin is grateful for the chance to advance God's Kingdom around the world through managing the AFM home office.

Kathi Johnson (2)

Kathi Johnson

Accountant
kathi@afm-us.org

Kathi grew up in Indiana regularly attending the Presbyterian church. She is currently a deacon at Third Church where she is active in small and women’s groups. Kathi is enjoying “getting to know missionaries and doing anything I can to support them.” She likes that AFM feels like a family. Kathi has lived in many parts of the country, including Florida and Connecticut and attended Purdue University in Indiana. Kathi also has a masters degree in library science from Southern Connecticut State University. Kathi has two sons and four grandchildren in Tampa, Florida and Durham, North Carolina. In her free time, she enjoys quilting, knitting, and reading “anything but science fiction.”

Stephanie Royer

Stephanie Royer

Communications Assistant
communications@afm-us.org

Stephanie was born in Adana, Turkey, and moved to the United States in 2006. She has had four years of hands-on computer experience through attending virtual school, and was the webmaster of her previous church. Stephanie is also the founder and director of a non-profit musical outreach (as well as its website). Stephanie plays the violin for her church and youth group and is on her high school's varsity girls golf team.

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DT

Training Coordinator
training@afm-us.org

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The Lord captivated DT’s heart for the Near East with Isaiah 58:10-12, “If you give yourselves to the hungry and satisfy the desires of the oppressed… those from among you will rebuild the ancient ruins.” DT spent 11 years in the Near East learning the local language, raising a family with his wife, and church planting.

After earning a Master of Arts in Religion at Trinity School for Ministry in 2007, DT and his wife settled in Virginia with their three kids. The Lord soon called him to AFM as a nonresidential Strategy Coordinator for a large unreached people group in a restricted access country. DT brings to AFM a unique combination of cross-cultural experience and discipleship, adult training and education, as well as a deeply pastoral heart.

Andy and Janet

Andy and Janet Kerr

Member Care Coordinators
janet@emmausencounter.org

Andrew and Janet met through Youth with a Mission (YWAM), and together have led teams from Hong Kong all over the world. Andrew was born in Wellington, New Zealand and has been involved in missions since he was 18. Janet was raised in Virginia and began her missionary career at the ’76 Olympics! She lived and served in Asia and the Pacific region for a decade, ministering to the refugees fleeing from both Cambodia and Vietnam in the late 70’s and early 80’s. In 2007, they founded Emmaus Encounter, a ministry that provides a safe place for Christian men and women from damaged pasts to grow emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. The Kerrs live in Lakeside, Montana with their black lab Diesel and have two daughters.

Val Bowman

Val Bowman

Church Liaison and Mobilizer
val@afm-us.org

Valerie grew up in a military family and her childhood was spent living in Europe and the Middle East. When she married her husband Bill in 1967, she entered the construction business. Upon retirement, Val began a year of prayer with her parish which brought her to AFM. She connected with AFM through searching for ways to reach out and serve in the world, and this has allowed her to return to the wonderful areas she loved as a child while becoming a partner in prayer. She continues to travel to the Middle East and shares her experiences with other churches in the United States. Valerie also works with refugee women and is a conversation partner with international students. Valerie's two sons and her six lively grandchildren bring much pleasure to life.

Valerie Sweat (2)

Valerie Sweat

Prayer Coordinator
valerie@afm-us.org

Valerie became involved with AFM after attending a 2007 Inquirer's Conference in Richmond, Virginia, where she sensed God's calling through a deepened understanding of missions and an importance of prayer for field missionaries. Valerie was a long-time professional health care worker. She now enjoys playing the piano at her church's Wednesday evening folk mass as well as reading. Valerie and her husband Ron live in Jacksonville, Florida and together they have one daughter.

The Rev. Christopher Royer (2)

The Rev. Christopher Royer

Executive Director
chris@afm-us.org

The Rev. Christopher Royer was named executive director of AFM in June 2014. Chris was born and raised in Boulder, CO and graduated from Wheaton College in Illinois with a bachelor of arts in Biblical Studies and Philosophy and a master of arts in New Testament Studies in 1989. The next year, he joined OM and served in the Middle East, spending his first three years learning that country’s language and culture. He then lived in South Korea for a year where married his wife, Grace. Afterwards, Chris pioneered two different church plants in the Middle East. In 2004, he earned a master of divinity from Denver Seminary in Denver, CO and a diploma of Anglican Studies from Trinity School for Ministry in Ambridge, PA in 2007. He was ordained to the transitional deaconate in 2008 and the priesthood in 2009. From 2008-2014, Chris served in parish ministry until he was called to lead AFM. Chris and his wife have two daughters, Daniella and Stephanie.

Pete and Shirleen Wait_web

The Rev. Pete and Shirleen Wait

Pastors to Cross-Cultural Workers
pete@afm-us.org
shirleen@afm-us.org

Pete and Shirleen Wait have served as AFM Pastors to Missionaries since April 2000. They communicate with, pray/fast weekly for, remember the birthdays/anniversaries of, visit, and provide R&R in their home for AFM's missionaries. Pete, a graduate of The University of FL College of Engineering, has Master of Arts and Doctor of Ministry degrees from The University of the South at Sewanee, TN. He is a registered Professional Engineer and has been in the “Power and Light” business two ways – as CEO of two electric power companies and as an avid Jesus Follower and Priest. Pete served as Canon for Evangelism (local and global) in the Diocese of FL prior to his work with AFM. Shirleen holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Reading Education from Florida State University and has extensive experience as a curriculum specialist, consultant, and professor. She has produced numerous publications and retired as National Curriculum Specialist from Simon and Schuster Publishing Company. Occasionally, Pete serves as a cruise-ship chaplain (with Shirleen as his senior warden, altar guild, etc.). The Waits have two children and five grandchildren and enjoy their life on the Atlantic Ocean through Harley trips with their biker buddies and adventuring on the beach.

Kristin Dumont (2)

Kristin Dumont

Administrator
kristin@afm-us.org

Kristin joined the AFM team in the spring of 2015 as the Administrator for our home office in Richmond, VA. Her background in missions began with a high school mission trip to Mexico, and since that time she has traveled to 40 different countries, serving the Lord and getting to know His beautiful people. One of Kristin's great joys is seeing the Lord at work among the nations. Now that she is married with two kids, Kristin is grateful for the chance to advance God's Kingdom around the world through managing the AFM home office.

Kathi Johnson

Accountant
kathi@afm-us.org

Kathi grew up in Indiana regularly attending the Presbyterian church. She is currently a deacon at Third Church where she is active in small and women’s groups. Kathi is enjoying “getting to know missionaries and doing anything I can to support them.” She likes that AFM feels like a family. Kathi has lived in many parts of the country, including Florida and Connecticut and attended Purdue University in Indiana. Kathi also has a masters degree in library science from Southern Connecticut State University. Kathi has two sons and four grandchildren in Tampa, Florida and Durham, North Carolina. In her free time, she enjoys quilting, knitting, and reading “anything but science fiction.”

Stephanie Royer

Stephanie Royer

Communications Assistant
communications@afm-us.org

Stephanie was born in Adana, Turkey, and moved to the United States in 2006. She has had four years of hands-on computer experience through attending virtual school, and was the webmaster of her previous church. Stephanie is also the founder and director of a non-profit musical outreach (as well as its website). Stephanie plays the violin for her church and youth group and is on her high school's varsity girls golf team.

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DT

Training Coordinator
training@afm-us.org

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The Lord captivated DT’s heart for the Near East with Isaiah 58:10-12, “If you give yourselves to the hungry and satisfy the desires of the oppressed… those from among you will rebuild the ancient ruins.” DT spent 11 years in the Near East learning the local language, raising a family with his wife, and church planting.

After earning a Master of Arts in Religion at Trinity School for Ministry in 2007, DT and his wife settled in Virginia with their three kids. The Lord soon called him to AFM as a nonresidential Strategy Coordinator for a large unreached people group in a restricted access country. DT brings to AFM a unique combination of cross-cultural experience and discipleship, adult training and education, as well as a deeply pastoral heart.

Andy and Janet

Andy and Janet Kerr

Member Care Coordinators
janet@emmausencounter.org

Andrew and Janet met through Youth with a Mission (YWAM), and together have led teams from Hong Kong all over the world. Andrew was born in Wellington, New Zealand and has been involved in missions since he was 18. Janet was raised in Virginia and began her missionary career at the ’76 Olympics! She lived and served in Asia and the Pacific region for a decade, ministering to the refugees fleeing from both Cambodia and Vietnam in the late 70’s and early 80’s. In 2007, they founded Emmaus Encounter, a ministry that provides a safe place for Christian men and women from damaged pasts to grow emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. The Kerrs live in Lakeside, Montana with their black lab Diesel and have two daughters.

Val Bowman

Val Bowman

Church Liaison and Mobilizer
val@afm-us.org

Valerie grew up in a military family and her childhood was spent living in Europe and the Middle East. When she married her husband Bill in 1967, she entered the construction business. Upon retirement, Val began a year of prayer with her parish which brought her to AFM. She connected with AFM through searching for ways to reach out and serve in the world, and this has allowed her to return to the wonderful areas she loved as a child while becoming a partner in prayer. She continues to travel to the Middle East and shares her experiences with other churches in the United States. Valerie also works with refugee women and is a conversation partner with international students. Valerie's two sons and her six lively grandchildren bring much pleasure to life.

Valerie Sweat (2)

Valerie Sweat

Prayer Coordinator
valerie@afm-us.org

Valerie became involved with AFM after attending a 2007 Inquirer's Conference in Richmond, Virginia, where she sensed God's calling through a deepened understanding of missions and an importance of prayer for field missionaries. Valerie was a long-time professional health care worker. She now enjoys playing the piano at her church's Wednesday evening folk mass as well as reading. Valerie and her husband Ron live in Jacksonville, Florida and together they have one daughter.

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