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 immigrated with his family to the U.S. when he was six and grew up in Louisville, Kentucky. 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. 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 serves in the WMF International Office as the Short-Term Programs & Marketing Coordinator. In her role, she connects people to opportunities through Word Made Flesh, assists in planning short-term trips and helps to ensure WMF is reaching people who align with their work and mission. 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.
Sarah graduated from Asbury University in 2016 earning a Bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations. During her time there, she also gained experience in graphic design and writing for both creative and journalistic projects. She came to WMF from a marketing setting within a higher education institution in her hometown of Louisville, Kentucky.
Outside of work, Sarah can be found listening to podcasts, loafing around a local coffee shop or enjoying an art museum. She recently moved back to Wilmore, Kentucky where she now lives with her disarmingly friendly cat, Jackson.
David Chronic begins his role as Director of Operations on September 1, 2018. He 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.
Alongside his wife Lenuta, David works 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.
Ken joined Word Made Flesh in 2015. He spent nearly 20 years enjoying various finance roles that specialized in corporate strategy. In 2013, Ken, a fifth-generation-native Californian, moved to Wilmore, Ky., to attend Asbury Theological Seminary. He loves to work outside and worship with his wife and four children. He has served as a church board member, treasurer, and school board member. Ken is deeply committed to WMF’s Christian mission, and serves regularly on the Navajo Nation in Arizona, USA. Ken and his wife, Cindy, live in Versailles, KY, and have four children.
Joe was born in the lower-mitt of Michigan, but has lived in Wilmore, Kentucky for the past 7 years. He is currently completing his degree in Accounting at the University of Kentucky. When he is not studying or listening to singer-songwriter tunes, Joe enjoys good coffee and plenty of fellowship. He is excited to serve Jesus at WMF and hopes to be surrounded and surrendered to God’s will for his life.
Laura grew up as a missionary kid in Peru and Argentina, which has given her a heart for the world. She was drawn to Word Made Flesh because of their holistic vision for incarnational, restorative, and sustainable ministry with communities around the world. As International Office Manager, Laura is honored to collaborate with local and international staff members and partners to help increase WMF’s collective Kingdom-impact.
Laura graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Social Work and from Asbury Theological Seminary in 2018 with a Master of Arts in Leadership. Laura and her husband, Matthew, live in Wilmore and enjoy traveling, going on walks, hanging out with friends, and discovering new great places to eat (one of their favorites being Metropolitan Donuts in Lexington).
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.
Kristen will join Word Made Flesh as the Director of Community Care in August 2018. She desires to offer a space for reflection, rest and a listening ear to the WMF community as we live out our vocational callings around the world.
In 2017, Kristen graduated from Portland Seminary with an MA in Spiritual Formation and a certificate in Spiritual Direction. Before joining Word Made Flesh, she worked in experiential learning and study abroad programs for college students in both Lithuania and San Francisco. She loves exploring the sacred space where identity and spiritual formation as it collides with cross-cultural experiences.
Kristen currently lives in Oregon and can be found either hiking in the mountains or searching for the perfect lavender latte with friends.
Ali Rexford comes to Word Made Flesh with her undergraduate work in Accounting and is currently completing her MBA at Asbury University. She is excited to be a part of the Word Made Flesh community, to use her passion for numbers and finance, and to serve God in this ministry. A blend of spreadsheets and Jesus is a very special mix indeed.
When she’s not balancing accounts and processing donations, she can most likely be found hiking, running, or walking in the great outdoors, spending quality time with her family, scavenging Pinterest for new and delicious things to cook, or grabbing coffee with friends. She loves all things Christmas, winter, snow, cookies, and hygge would be her lifestyle of choice.
Jennifer Seo was born in Seoul, South Korea. She was raised in a Catholic family and had a personal encounter with Christ when she was 17 years old. She went to the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada. In 2001, she moved to Vancouver and worked as a dental hygienist until she felt called into full-time missions in 2010. She first served in the inner city of Vancouver working with people struggling with drug addiction, homelessness and mental illness. From 2012 to 2017, Jennifer served in the Kroo Bay area of Sierra Leone’s capital city of Freetown with Word Made Flesh Sierra Leone. During that time, she focused on ministry with vulnerable women and children. Currently she lives in Vancouver with her husband, Stephen Ney, and enjoys running and reading.
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. 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 or read Aaron’s reflection in a recent edition of The Cry.
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. See some of her work featured in The Cry.