Our Team

The Rev. ChriRoyers photostopher Royer, Executive Director
chris@afm-us.org

The Rev. Christopher Royer was named executive director of Anglican Frontier Missions (AFM) in June 2014. Chris was born and raised in Boulder, CO.  He graduated from Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL, with a bachelor of arts in Biblical Studies and Philosophy and with a master of arts in New Testament Studies, both in 1989. In 1990, he joined OM and served in a Middle Eastern country.  He spent his first three years learning that country’s language and culture.  From 1993 to 1994, he lived in South Korea, where he learned the culture and language of his fiancé and future wife.  Then, from 1995-2006, 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 in 2014.  Chris and his wife have two teenage daughters.

 

Kristin Dumont, Administrator
kristin@afm-us.org

Kristin DuMont joined the AFM team in April 2015 as Administrator. She has been involved in missions both overseas and in the U.S. since she first met and gave her life to the Lord Jesus Christ in 1995. Kristin completed her undergraduate degree in International Studies at the College of William and Mary, followed by a Master of Teaching degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. She spent three years working in various missional capacities at the Virginia Baptist Mission Board, after which she worked for eight years as an ESL teacher for Richmond Public Schools and one year as a second and third grade teacher for Hunter Country Day School. Kristin is married to a wonderful and godly life partner, Peter, and with him they have a 16-month old son, John, and a daughter on the way in September of 2015. Kristin has traveled to 40 different countries and is grateful to have seen God at work in powerful and unique ways among the nations. Her current and greatest adventure has been serving the Lord through loving her husband and son, growing her daughter, and chasing squirrels from her garden, which she does with the help of two enthusiastic Boston terriers.

 

Kathi bio pic

Kathi Johnson, Accounting
accounting@afm-us.org

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
communications@afm-us.org

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.

 

 

 

Pete and Shirleen Wait_webThe Rev. Pete and Shirleen Wait, Pastors to Missionaries
petewait@earthlink.net
shirleenwait@earthlink.net

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.

 

profileDT, Training Coordinator
training@afm-us.org

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.”   He spent 11 years in the Near East learning the local language, raising a family with his wife, and church planting.
After getting 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. (Because this unreached people group lives in a restricted access country, we’ve decided it’s wisest not to display his picture.)  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-janetAndy and Janet Kerr, Member Care Coordinators
janet@emmausencounter.org

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 PicVal Bowman, Church Prayer Liaison and Mobilizer
val@afm-us.org

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

Valerie Sweat, Prayer Coordinator
valerie@afm-us.org

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@afm-us.org

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.

 

 

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