Leah was born in Texas, but grew up in the monsoon-beaded streets of India. She moved to Portland in 2007 and has found home in the Pacific Northwest. She graduated from George Fox University with a degree in Journalism. Her happy place is somewhere at the intersection of storytelling, the digital space and social justice. She’s an ISFP on the Myers-Briggs and is a Type 2 on the Enneagram.
Currently, she lives right outside of Seattle and works at a community newspaper where she reports on education and community news.
Andy grew up in northern Pennsylvania. Raised in a Christian home, his testimony is one of God’s grace. His parents modeled a relationship with Jesus Christ, and at age six Andy made that decision personally. Also at a young age, he attended mission conferences where God began to open his eyes to the global need for God’s love. Following high school, Andy attended Asbury College where he earned a BA in Psychology and a minor in Christian Ministries. Andy met Andrea at Asbury College, and they married in 1997. In 2001, they moved to El Alto, Bolivia to begin their service among the poor. After researching the area, they decided to focus on women in prostitution, where they found a gaping need. They live in Bolivia with their four sons Elias, Luke, Owen and Asher. Andy Serves with the International Office as Regional Coordinator for South America.
Clint Baldwin is the Executive Director of Word Made Flesh, an international advocacy and development organization that walks and works with and among the most vulnerable people experiencing poverty in this world. After a quarter century learning, teaching and administrating in higher education with interdisciplinary focus on international and intercultural peace and justice, Clint brings a deep desire for transformative reconciliation, empowerment and mutuality to be at work in all places and people as he guides Word Made Flesh forward. He believes that “we all always have something to learn and we all always have something to give” and that we are “better together.” It is one of Clint’s lifelong vocational pursuits to aid people and organizations in meaningful, humble and healthy navigation of such understanding.
Clint’s education has taken him through study at Asbury University, Spring Arbor University, Western Michigan University, Asbury Theological Seminary, University of Kentucky, and George Fox Seminary. He currently serves on the board of GoED International, as a steering committee member of Climate Caretakers, as founding member on the board of the Center for Environmental Leadership, and is actively involved in the rhythms of Asbury University.
Clint enjoys being with family and friends; reading and writing poetry and prose; savoring a good cup of coffee or tea; being out-and-about in nature; engaging in intercultural experiences and relationships; contemplating, discussing and living the philosophical and theological principles of faith and its practices; and finding ways to cultivate and celebrate joy.
Clint is married to Sarah – his deep soulfriend – who over the last twenty-plus years has been a key formational presence in his life and partner in all he does. He is honored to celebrate her work as Asbury University’s Vice-President of Student Development and Dean of Students. Clint and Sarah have three children – Madi, Kai, & Emily — who bring priceless life, love and goodness into the Baldwin home. Another “family member” in the Baldwin home is their seven pound dog, Annabelle. Annabelle has an inexhaustible need for hugs and cuddling; in case you ever come for a visit…fair warning. 🙂
Jorge was born in Juarez, Mexico just across the West-Texan border. He moved to the U.S. when he was six and grew up in Louisville, KY. In 2016, he graduated from Asbury University in Wilmore, KY with B.A. degrees in Journalism and Public Relations. It was during his time at university that he connected with Word Made Flesh and in late 2016 became the Editor of The Cry.
Jorge loves using good storytelling, writing and graphic design to communicate the hope of the Gospel. For him, it is important to hear the stories of people in hardship and create spaces and mediums for their voices to be heard.
Jorge recently moved back to Wilmore, KY with his wife Ashley and their dog Charlotte, taking on the role of Office Manager at the WMF International Office. Alongside Jorge’s work with Word Made Flesh, he and Ashley co-direct Treehouse Ministries, a network of ministries with a focus on bringing refuge and renewal to hurting communities.
Sarah Choate lives in her hometown of Louisville, Kentucky and works as a social media strategist in a higher education setting. She graduated from Asbury University in May 2016, and it was during her time there that she became acquainted with Word Made Flesh.
Sarah can be found listening to podcasts, loafing around a local coffee shop or walking around an art museum. She volunteers with Word Made Flesh by helping design The Cry publication and helping with various marketing endeavors. Sarah was drawn to WMF because of their dedication to restoring dignity to and loving people in vulnerable situations worldwide through the love of Christ.
David Chronic has been serving in Romania with Word Made Flesh since 1998. During his senior year of high school, David became a Christian and sensed a calling to cross-cultural mission and especially to the poor. He studied international relations at the University of Nebraska at Omaha through which he received a scholarship to study in Romania and Moldova. While living in those two countries, David developed relationships with children living on the streets and children abandoned in the state institutions. God opened doors for David to remain in Romania, where he has since lived and served. Currently, he serves as WMF’s Regional Coordinator for Europe and Africa. Together with his wife Lenuta, they work among vulnerable youth and poor families, providing education, counseling and mentoring through Day Centers, Community Centers and community development. David also organizes short-term teams and internships, providing discipleship and development in a context of missional service. Recently, David has contributed articles and chapters on cross-cultural mission among the poor to qideas.org, Living Mission: the vision and voices of New Friars, and Child, Theology and Mission.
Sunday Daleng is a doctoral degree graduate from Asbury Theological Seminary. He has a passion for the lost and the least, and is doing post-doctoral academic training at Word Made Flesh in order to implement what he learns in this position into his ministry back home in Nigeria.
While in Nigeria, he served as national coordinator of an international Christian ministry, preacher, and leader of revival meetings in different churches and ministries. Sunny and his wife, Salome, are co-founders of Peniel Outreach Ministry International – a ministry in Nigeria with focus on outreach to the lost and the least, as well as leadership development. He is thrilled with the opportunity to be part of what God is doing at Word Made Flesh serving as the Associate Director of Operational Leadership as he builds his capacity during the academic training period. His hopes are that this will result in greater productivity back in his ministry opportunities in Nigeria.
Sunny, his wife, and four children now live in Wilmore, Kentucky, USA. His wife Salome is also completing an M.A. in Intercultural Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary.
Jason comes to help WMF with a background in ministry, media and education. After growing up in Canada, Jason studied music and English, then went on to earn an MDiv at Asbury Seminary and then an M.Ed in Educational Technology. His varied work background includes planting a network of house churches around Toronto, teaching college music technology, running a professional recording studio, and as the director of educational technology at a boarding high school. Currently Jason is an instructional designer with the College of Social Work at the University of Kentucky in Lexington.
Jason lives in Wilmore, KY with his wife, Melissa, and 8-year-old twins, Jana and Luke. He enjoys travel, camping, playing with his kids and making music in his spare time.
Maren grew up in Minnesota, and was first introduced to the work of Word Made Flesh as a student at Bethel University. Maren was drawn to the unique incarnational model of Word Made Flesh, with its emphasis on mutuality and its pursuit of the beloved community. She holds a Masters in Counseling Psychology from The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology, and has worked in public schools, a L’Arche community, and community mental health. Maren has lived in various places–growing up in Minnesota, but spending significant time in Denmark, South Africa, and Peru, and made New Orleans, LA and Tacoma, WA home for a season as well. Maren and her husband currently live in Seoul, South Korea.
Maren feels honored to be journeying with community members through seasons of transition, growth, rest, and difficulty. She longs to be a presence that supports people to greater health and community as they pursue their vocational callings. Bearing witness to the beauty and pain that comes along with the stories of Word Made Flesh is work Maren finds incredibly privileged to do.
Walter began his service with WMF in 1998 helping pioneer the mission’s first community in Latin America and ministry among children living on the streets in Lima, Peru. In 2005 he also participated in pioneering a ministry and community in Buenos Aires, Argentina where he currently lives. Over the years Walter has served in a variety of roles such as Servant Team Coordinator, Peru Field Director, Argentina Field Director and as the South America Regional Coordinator. Currently, he has stepped into the role of Education and Professional Development Coordinator for WMF. Walter has two beautiful daughters, Cora and Amani and is in a beautiful and committed relationship with Jimena Gonzalez.
Word Made Flesh Artist Ambassadors believe deeply in WMF’s mission of walking in solidarity with and among persons experiencing extreme hardship and vulnerability. Our ambassadors in the practice of their art exemplify the same Spirit in which WMF does its work. They are to us extensions of our community, assisting WMF in enacting the Good News of Jesus.
Over the years, Aaron Strumpel has been able to partner with communities that he’s met and with whom he’s felt deeply connected. Word Made Flesh has become one of these communities and after having encountered them at Missions Week at George Fox University, Aaron was invited to lead worship at several large WMF staff gatherings and yearly Holiday shows. He’s visited the communities in Peru and Buenos Aires and gotten to know most of the U.S. missionaries. This new season at WMF marks renewed interaction and collaboration for Aaron and we are excited to present his musical work here on our website! Learn more about Aaron’s partnership with Word Made Flesh
An artisan baker and longtime friend of Word Made Flesh, Dave works as a baker with DV8 Kitchen in Lexington, Ky, a restaurant whose mission is to employ people who, because of addictions or a criminal history, need a second chance.
For us here at WMF, Dave is like a modern-day Brother Lawrence, practicing the presence of God through sharing the gifts and skills of his baking. As Dave recently wrote, “God is present in these things.”
Karisa is a studio artist with a heart for people and a passion for creating. She is inspired by the beauty in this world, and broken by its hurt. But to her, it is not enough to be broken by the things we see; she believes we must aspire to change and be a part of the solution. And so, believing that art is a universal catalyst for change, she paints. She strives to paint stories that have been neglected to be told. She then uses such stories to spread awareness, to raise funds to fight injustice in the world, and to provide a space for voices of people experiencing oppression and hardship to be heard. (See The Least of These Project.)
Karisa received her degree in Fine Arts from George Fox University where she also became acquainted with the people and work of Word Made Flesh. WMF is so thankful for Karisa’s partnership with us as an Artist Ambassador.