Birthplace: Colorado, USA & République démocratique du Congo
Profession: Deputy Director / Design Manager
Joined EMI: January 2010
Verse: Jude 1:24-25
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Our Story

God has been drawing us to Himself and to His service from a young age. In early 2014, John, a civil & water resources engineer studying French near Paris, met Celine. As John and Celine started talking more, it became evident that God had brought them together for His glory.

John’s desire to follow Jesus started as his parents shared about His saving power and grace. From his travel around the USA with his parents as a child and his first international experience in Guatemala, God provided opportunities for him to connect with different cultures and to share the hope that he had found in Jesus.

During Celine’s journey from Congo to France, she passed through Tanzania to the French island of Mayotte. God continued to reveal Himself through His faithfulness to protect her life and to connect her with communities who were following Jesus.

John and Celine were married in 2017 and have two sons, Luka (born 2019) and Eliam (born 2022). They share a passion for cross-cultural ministry, travel, and cuisine.

Using his technical experience and background, John began serving with EMI in 2010 to lead design professionals on teams serving the Church around the globe and to open an office in West Africa. This vision took John via France to Senegal, where he and Celine work with a diverse team, mobilizing project teams and sharing stories of God’s faithfulness.

We are thankful for God’s provision so that we can work and minister in Senegal and around West Africa through the generosity of donors. Would you consider partnering with us?