Todd and Connie were raised in rural Southern Oregon where they have been life-long friends. Missions have been their passion and the focus of their hearts since childhood. Married in 1988, at Medford First Church of the Nazarene, they actively served on the Missions Board, Church Board, in the choir, orchestra and co-led the young adult/career ministries group. In 1989, they had the opportunity to participate in a Work and witness trip to Dwarsloop, South Africa, where their call to missions was solidified.
Back in the states, Connie continued her work as a surgical assistant / x-ray technician and Todd completed a degree in Business Administration / Political Science, while also obtaining his commercial pilot’s license. In 1991, they applied and were assigned as a pilot/wife mission aviation team with Pacific Missionary Aviation, conducting flights throughout Micronesia and west to the Philippines, serving there through 1995.
Upon completion of their assignment in Micronesia, Todd and Connie returned to the U.S. where Todd assumed the position of Chief Pilot in charge of flight operations for a regional airline. During this time he completed his Airframe and Powerplant Technician and Airline Transport Pilot certificates while they awaited final assignment with Nazarene Mission Aviation in Western Africa.
In 1999, Todd and Connie were appointed as Global Missionaries for the Church of the Nazarene and assigned to the Ivory Coast (Côte d’Ivoire). Todd assumed the position of Africa West Field Treasurer while attending French language school, and also established the Nazarene Mission Aviation base of operations which served 17 countries of West Africa.
With the closure of Nazarene Mission Aviation in 2004, Todd and Connie returned to the U.S. where Todd pursued graduate Family Medicine education in the Global Health Track at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Connie worked for the county as a planner with the development services department.
In 2010, Todd was invited to assume the Executive Director position with Hands of Hope Northwest, the West Coast’s Nazarene Compassionate Ministries Center and an International Humanitarian Aid mission, providing medical supplies and equipment to partners in more than 29 nations globally.
In 2012, Nazarene Global Missions invited Todd and Connie to return to the Asia-Pacific Region where Todd served as the Regional Communications, Partnerships, and Work and Witness Coordinator and Connie served as the Nazarene Missions International Coordinator.
“I truly believed that aviation was a finished chapter in our lives,” explained Todd. “When we were contacted in October 2016 and asked to apply for the Country Coordinator position for Papua New Guinea with Mission Aviation Fellowship, I actually thought of it as a distraction. We were very happy in our ministry roles and were seeing great things accomplished for the Lord.”
But through much prayer and several significant events, it became apparent that the Lord was leading Todd and Connie into this new role with Mission Aviation Fellowship. August of 2017 will be the start of this new chapter, serving alongside the incredible men and women who together make up the Papua New Guinea Mission Aviation Family.
“Sharing God’s love through aviation and technology so that isolated people might be physically and spiritually transformed in Christ’s name. This is the vision and purpose of MAF, and we are thrilled to be entering once again onto the front lines of missions, going literally to the very ends of the earth with the message of hope found through Christ!” – Todd
Todd and Connie have 4 children, two son-in-laws, and one granddaughter: David and Dwayne (34), adopted twins from Micronesia who live and work in the Nampa, Idaho area, Jessica [Cale & Nortje] (26), who lives Boise, Idaho, and Courtney [Landen] (24), who is in her final year of study in education, at Northwest Nazarene University.
Todd and Connie are members of the Karcher Church of the Nazarene in Nampa, Idaho. Todd is a third generation missionary whose great grandfather, Rev. Cecil Troxel, was a founding missionary for World Gospel Mission in Shandong Province, Eastern China (1910).
Summary of Mission Service
- 2017 to Present – Mission Aviation Fellowship – Papua New Guinea
- 2013 to 2017 – Church of the Nazarene – Asia-Pacific Region
- 2010 to 2013 – Hands of Hope Northwest – Nampa, Idaho
- 1999 to 2005 – Nazarene Mission Aviation – Cote d’Ivoire and West Africa
- 1992 to 1995 – Pacific Missionary Aviation – Micronesia