MEET THE TEAM

MORGAN LONG


Wilmington, NC | 25

PROJECT: Stockton

Morgan graduated from Liberty University with a degree in Business Marketing.  His huge passion for sport, specifically football, and for young people drew him to ministry in England.  His desire and dream is to a run a football academy in the future.

“I say to the LORD, “You are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing.”
– Psalm 16:2 (NIV)

Aaron Wescoat


Forest, VA | 22

PROJECT: Stockton

Aaron was born in Seoul, South Korea but adopted by his family as a baby.  They reside in Virginia.  He graduated from Liberty University in Kinesiology and eventually would like to become a strength/sports performance coach.  He loves sport and dad jokes/puns.  He has a growing passion for ministry.

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”
– James 1:17 (NIV)

 

MADI WHALEY


Prosper, TX | 18

PROJECT: Stockton

Madi graduated from Prosper High School and is planning on going to Oklahoma State University, where she will major in Microbiology.  She hopes to go to medical school and to become a medical missionary.

“Even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.”
– Psalm 139:12 (NIV)

DUSTY KENNON


Charleston, SC | 23

PROJECT: Stockton

Dusty graduated from North Greenville University with a degree in Christian Studies. He has worked in student ministry for many years and is excited about what this year holds. He has a passion for all things media and loves being able to use them to tell stories that lead back to Christ.

“As for me, I would seek God, and to God would I commit my cause, who does great things and unsearchable, marvelous things without number”
– Job 5:8-9 (ESV)

MICHAELA MOILANEN


Acworth, GA | 18

PROJECT: Stockton

Michaela graduated from Harrison High School.  After being accepted into Valdosta State University for Athletic Training, she deferred for a year to come to England.  She loves coffee, sweet tea, travelling, and anything Mexican as long as it has queso on it.

“Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The LORD, the LORD himself, is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation.”
– Isaiah 12:2 (NIV)

MATTHEW CARNS


Upper Marlboro, MD | 22

PROJECT: Stockton

Matt graduated from Liberty University with a degree in Theology and Apologetics.  After graduation he felt the Lord calling him to do ministry in England.  Matt enjoys long boarding and has a healthy addiction to coffee.

“Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance;perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.

– Romans 5:1-5 (NIV)

 

DENNIS WACHEPA


Leeds, UK | 19

PROJECT: Stockton

Dennis was born in Africa and moved to Leeds when he was 3.  God moved Dennis to Stockton, where he now lives.  God has been with him throughout the whole way and right now he feels like he’s in a much better place and going to special places.

“So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.”
– 2 Timothy 2:22 (ESV)

JACOB CHASE


Houston, TX | 23

PROJECT: Stockton

Jacob first moved to England in 2012 after high school.  He spent two years serving in Stockton before moving back to Texas for a year.  He moved back to Stockton in January 2016.

“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
– Romans 8:37-39 (ESV)

 

MAKAYLA PRESLEY


Atlanta, GA | 19

PROJECT: Stockton

Makayla has served in Stockton for one year.  She passionately loves the Lord and others.  She has a servant heart and a great sense of humour.

“God has delivered me from going down to the pit, and I shall live to enjoy the light of life.'”
– Job 33:28 (NIV)

 

AMBER GREER


Milbrook, NY | 21

PROJECT: Stockton

Amber attended Word of Life Bible Institute for 2 years. During her time there, TVYFC was presented and she felt called to spend a year in England. She finds it important to spread the love of Christ all over.

“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
– Ephesians 2:10 (NIV))

 

DANIEL HEBERT


Sherman, TX | 24

PROJECT: York

Daniel graduated from Baylor University with a degree in Religion.  He felt called to spend some time living out his faith.  This is his second year in the UK.  He is excited to see God work in York.

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”
– Romans 3:23 (ESV)
“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”
– Ephesians 2:8-9 (ESV)

 

BELLA CONES


The Woodlands, TX | 23

PROJECT: York

Bella graduated from Mississippi College in 2015 with a degree in education.  She felt God calling her to ministry in England.  This is her second year serving in York, and she desires to see the young people of England know the love of Christ.  She loves coffee and travelling, and dogs, and laughing.

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”
– John 1:5 (ESV)

 

SETH OLTHOF


Ravenna, MI | 20

PROJECT: York

Seth graduated from Ravenna High School and immediately started in the work force.  Part way through the year after high school, he felt called to go to England and share the gospel.  He is very passionate at working with kids from broken homes and sharing the love of Jesus with them.

“For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.”
– 2 Timothy 1:7 (NIV)

 

PAYTON ESPARZA


Allen, TX | 18

PROJECT: York

Payton just graduated from Allen High School and felt the Lord calling her to come do a gap year in England.  She plans to go to Dallas Baptist University to study communications and public relations.  She loves people and is excited to see how the Lord is going to move this year.

“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.”
– 1 Peter 2:9 (ESV)

DILLON TYE


Allen, TX | 19

PROJECT: York

Dillon graduated from Allen High School in Allen, TX in 2016.  After going on a 10-day mission trip to England and feeling the Lord pulling him back to the UK, he differed his enrolment to Arizona State University to come do a gap year.  He loves writing and sports.  He was the sports intern at the Dallas Morning News this past summer.

“Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.”
– John 15:4 (ESV)

 

BRADY PROBASCO


Plano, TX | 18

PROJECT: York

Brady graduated from Plano East High School and felt called to move to England for a year of full mission work.

“And Jesus said to him, “‘If you can’! All things are possible for one who believes.”
– Mark 9:23 (ESV)

 

HUGHSTON TAYLOR


Peach Tree, GA | 26

PROJECT: Ragworth

After coming with his church the past two years to Teesside, Hughston felt God calling him to come back for a gap year.  He loves anything sports related, especially soccer (football), and american football.

“I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”
– Philippians 4:13 (ESV)

CHASE WOMMACK


Waco, TX | 22

PROJECT: South Stockton

Chase graduated from Baylor University with a degree in corporate communication. He had worked for First Baptist Woodway in Waco, TX as an associate youth pastor for 2 and a half years before graduating and feeling the call to England.  He loves all things sports and competition and working with youth in the Church.

“Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in that name.”
– 1 Peter 4:16 (ESV)

 

CAROLINE STEWART


Tampa, FL | 20

PROJECT: South Stockton

Caroline graduated high school in 2015 and still is not sure where she’s going to end up. She has always known long-term missions was something she was meant to do. She’s excited to be in England to share love, and learn new things! Caroline enjoys coffee, napping, and reality T.V..

“This is my command; love each other.”
– John 15:17 (NLT)

 

LAUREN VAN FLEET


Cypress, TX | 18

PROJECT: Middlesbrough

Lauren just graduated from Cypress Ranch High School.  She felt God call her to England during Spring Break of her junior year.  She is super excited that God changed her plans and that she gets to serve Him this year in England.

“Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.”
– Proverbs 3:3 (NIV)

LOGAN THOMSON


Albuquerque, NM | 23

PROJECT: Middlesbrough

Logan graduated from Dallas Baptist University in 2016, and has a passion for seeing the Lord call people unto himself.

“Behold, I will gather them from all the countries to which I drove them in my anger and my wrath and in great indignation. I will bring them back to this place, and I will make them dwell in safety. And they shall be my people, and I will be their God. I will give them one heart and one way, that they may fear me forever, for their own good and the good of their children after them. I will make with them an everlasting covenant, that I will not turn away from doing good to them. And I will put the fear of me in their hearts, that they may not turn from me. I will rejoice in doing them good, and I will plant them in this land in faithfulness, with all my heart and all my soul.”
– Jeremiah 32:37-41 (ESV)

 

MORIAH GATLIN


Tampa, FL | 18

PROJECT: Norton

Moriah came to England for a short-term mission trip in August ’16. At the end of that week she felt God was tugging at her heart to come back for a long-term mission. She loves worship ministry and wants to use her gift to share the good news across Teesside.

“So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”
– 1 Cor. 13:13 (ESV)

 

STACEY PERRON


Davis, CA | 22

PROJECT: Egglescliffe

Stacey just graduated from Biola University with a degree in Christian Ministries with a minor in Bible.  Stacey has a huge passion for serving youth and seeing them learn more about their Heavenly Father.

“In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
– Matthew 5:16 (NIV)

 

BRADEN BROWN


Lewisville, TX | 18

PROJECT: Eaglescliffe

Braden just graduated from Prestonwood Christian Academy.  She plans to return to Baylor University to study Anthropology and Nursing.  Ultimately she hopes to do medical missions, helping the sick and hurting around the world.

“Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.”
– Philippians 2:5-8 (ESV)

 

SHAY ZENK


Muskegon, MI | 28

PROJECT: Hartlepool

Shay graduated with a degree in Early Childhood Ed.  After 10 years of prayer, God directed Shay to the North East of England – the happiest place on earth.

“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.”
– 2 Corinthians 4:16 (NIV)

 

ASHLEIGH GYATT


Woodbridge, VA | 24

PROJECT: Hartlepool

Ashleigh graduated from Liberty University with a degree in Christian Counselling. She lived in the UK as a child for some time and after working with youth a lot in her university years, the desire to come back and do the same was strong. She loves everything creative and loves to encourage spreading the gospel through the arts. .

“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn; to grant to those who mourn in Zion— to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit; that they may be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he may be glorified. They shall build up the ancient ruins; they shall raise up the former devastations; they shall repair the ruined cities, the devastations of many generations. – Isaiah 61:1-4 (ESV))

 

HOPE NAISBITT


Teesside, UK | 19

PROJECT: Billingham

Hope finally finished college after 3 years.  Her family are her best friends. She would die for a good cup of coffee and her cat.  She has no idea what she’s doing with her life.

“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'”
–  Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

 

SHELBY DUNCAN


Denison, TX | 23

PROJECT: Billingham

Shelby graduated from West Texas A&M with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work.  She has lived in Billingham for one year. Shelby loves serving the people of Billingham and is passionate about sharing the love of Jesus.

“But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.”
– Romans 5:8 (NLT)

 

MARY MARGARET LOPEZ


San Antonio, TX | 22

PROJECT: Axiom

Mary Margaret interned with Axiom in the summer of 2015.  She felt called back to Stockton, so she left her senior year of Liberty University to pursue full time sports ministry.  She will be taking online courses to finish her degree in sports management with a double minor in Youth Ministry and Sports Outreach.

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.”
– Colossians 3:23 (NIV)

 

LEAH REIST


Traverse City, MI | 23

PROJECT: Axiom

Leah graduated from Liberty University in 2015 with a degree in Business.  After graduating, she moved to England where she spent a year working in Darlington and on Axiom.  She felt the Lord calling her to stay for another year, so she is returning to England to work full-time for Axiom Sports.

“But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.” – Acts 20:24 (ESV)

MONICA ESKRIDGE


Staunton, VA | 20

PROJECT: Axiom

Monica grew up playing sports in school and has a major passion for people.  Mountains are one of her favourite things in life, and she can down a large, cheese pizza faster than you can.  She’s excited to continue following the places that God will lead her to.

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
– Philippians 4:8 ESV

VINCENT SACCO


Houston, TX | 23

PROJECT: Coulby Newham

Vincent has been married to his wife Emma for nearly two years.  He runs the youth work in Coulby Newham with her, as well as preaching and working in youth outreach at the local school. He has a BA in History and Classics from Texas A&M and is working on his MA from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.  He and Emma love to travel and to have a good curry.

“Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand– when I awake, I am still with you.”
– Psalm 139:16-18 (NIV)

EMMA SACCO


Austin, TX | 23

PROJECT: Coulby Newham

Emma graduated from Texas A&M University and married her husband Vincent in 2014.  Two months later, they moved to Coulby Newham to share the gospel with kids and young people.  She is currently working on a masters in church ministries at Southern Seminary.  She loves to read and to travel to new places.

“But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions–it is by grace you have been saved.”
– Ephesians 2:4-5 (NIV)

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