The Rev. Christopher Royer, Executive Director
Kristin Dumont, Administrator
Kathi Johnson, Accounting
Kathi grew up in Indiana where she regularly attended the Presbyterian church. She is presently a deacon at Third Church, which is part of the Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians, and is active in small and women’s groups there. Kathi says she 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. She attended Purdue University in Indiana and has a master’ degree in library science from Southern Connecticut State University. She has two sons and 4 grandchildren who reside in Tampa, Florida and Durham, North Carolina. In her free time, she enjoys quilting, knitting, and reading “anything but science fiction.”
Stephanie Royer, Communications Assistant
Stephanie was born in Adana, Turkey, and moved to the United States in 2006. Until this year, she attended online (virtual) school, with four years of hands-on computer experience. She has previously been a church webmaster, and presently runs her own volunteer music ministry (as well as its website). She is actively involved in her church and plays violin for her youth group. She is also on her high school’s girls golf team.
The Rev. Pete and Shirleen Wait, Pastors to Missionaries
Pete and Shirleen Wait have served as AFM Pastors to Missionaries since April of 2000. Our missionaries can count on the Waits to: keep in touch via email/Facebook, pray daily/fast weekly for their concerns, remember their birthdays and anniversaries, visit them at their overseas locations, and welcome them for R&R in their home near the Atlantic Ocean.
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, including a textbook currently available. She 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.) Between the AFM trips and the cruise chaplaincies, the Waits literally work their way around the world ministering the Gospel. They also enjoy Harley trips with their biker buddies, walking on the beach, swimming in their pool and hosting ‘AFM family’ members. The Waits have two children and five grandchildren.
DT, Training Coordinator
Andy and Janet Kerr, Member Care Coordinators
Andy and Janet oversee member care for AFM. 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. With her husband Andrew she also led teams from YWAM Hong Kong all over the world with FEET (Teams Far East Evangelism Teams). Andrew was born in Wellington, New Zealand and has been involved in missions since he was 18. He has been with Youth with A Mission (YWAM) for all but 11 years in this calling. Janet met Andrew in YWAM and together they have two beautiful girls who are now married. Andrew and Janet have lived and served in Asia and the Pacific region for a decade, both training and taking short term teams all over the world. Andrew and Janet have served for the last 20+ years in the United States in varying capacities from Missions Pastors to Book Publishers. They live in Lakeside, Montana with their black lab Diesel. Since 2007 they have been leading Emmaus Encounter (www.emmausencounter.org), a ministry they also founded. Emmaus Encounter provides a safe place for Christian men and women to process events of the past so that they may grow emotionally, mentally, and spiritually, and move forward in health.
Val Bowman, Church Prayer Liaison and Mobilizer
Valerie experienced growing up in a military family, serving throughout Europe and the Middle East. Marriage to her husband Bill in 1967 brought her to a career in the construction business along with raising two sons. As the retirement years approached, she began a year of prayer with her parish. This brought her to AFM as they searched for ways to reached out and serve in the world. The connection with AFM has allowed her to return to the wonderful areas she loved as a child and become a partner in prayer. She continues to travel to the Middle East and while at home shares her experiences with other churches. Valerie also works with refugee women and is a conversation partner with international students. Her six lively grandchildren bring much pleasure to life.
Valerie Sweat, Prayer Coordinator
Valerie, a long-time professional health care worker, first sensed a call to prayer for frontier missions when she became aware of Brother Andrew’s ministry to the persecuted church many years before AFM began. She began her affiliation with AFM by attending an Inquirer’s Conference in Richmond, Virginia in 2007. God used this conference to deepen her understanding of missions and the importance of prayer to missionaries in the field. Valerie lives with her husband Ron in Jacksonville, Florida. They have one daughter. Valerie also enjoys study, reading and music. She is the pianist in a Wednesday evening folk mass at her church.
Treva Houser, Office Volunteer
Treva Houser has been a long-time supporter of AFM. She has served as both Office Administrator and Prayer Coordinator. During a two-week trip with AFM to Southeast Asia, she saw first-hand the important role of prayer and worship in frontier mission. Treva graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a BS in Psychology. She continues to return to Southeast Asia, building and strengthening relationships. Treva lives in Richmond, VA, with her husband David and two daughters, Elizabeth and Mary Catherine. In her spare time, she enjoys working in her vegetable garden, where she finds is an ideal location for prayer.