Staff Directory

(click on name below to read bio)

Azzarito - Braxton - Chriscoe

Donnelly - Foehr - Garrigan

Grote - Gudeman - Hammitt

Harmon - Hoblit - Maust

PazPenkoff - Peterson

Powell - Stearns - Straw

Whitlow - Woockman

Board Members


Full-Time Missionary Staff & Apprentices


Joel Braxton

Joel is currently serving as a Maintenance Specialist and Assistant to the Director of Maintenance at the MAG Headquarters in Burlington, NC.

Joel is a 2012 graduate of the Missionary Aviation Technology program at Moody Bible Institute and is an FAA certified Airframe & Powerplant (A&P) mechanic.  Joel served in internships with Proclaim Aviation and MMS Aviation in preparation for his full-time missionary service and has turned wrenches in Guatemala and Honduras, in support of MAG programs.  Joel is also involved in training and mentoring apprentice pilots as they prepare for service on foreign fields.

 


Sean & Deb Donnelly

The Donnelly family serves at MAG Headquarters in Burlington, NC.  

As President and CEO, Sean develops and oversees all MAG’s international flight and ministry programs and the partnerships that sustain them. He also leads MAG’s Executive Management and Development Teams.  Deb teaches at a nearby Christian school and assists MAG with hospitality and coordinating housing for incoming staff and apprentices.

Sean is an ordained minister in full-time ministry since 1997. He served as Senior Pastor of two churches before transitioning to full-time missionary service in 2010, and is rated as an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) and Certified Flight Instructor (CFII, MEI, Gold Seal) with 3700 flight hours.

 


Sean & Carmen Garrigan

The Garrigans are currently serving at MAG Headquarters in Burlington, NC.

As MAG’s Lead Flight Instructor, Sean prepares missionary pilots for field deployment. Carmen ministers to apprentice families during their time in Burlington and works to mobilize the local church to fulfill the great commission. Sean is a graduate of the Aviation Maintenance Technology program at Miramar College in San Diego and attended San Diego Christian College. Carmen received her B.A. in Spanish from Pepperdine University and went on to Princeton Theological Seminary for her Masters in Divinity. 

Sean is an Instrument Rated Commercial Pilot and Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) and is licensed as an Airframe & Powerplant (A&P) mechanic. Carmen is an ordained Presbyterian Pastor.

 


Scott & Jessica Grote

The Grote family currently serves at MAG Headquarters in Burlington, NC.

As Director of Aircraft Maintenance, Scott is responsible for the preparation, maintenance, and inspection of all MAG aircraft whether here in the US or overseas in MAG’s field programs in Africa and Central America. Scott completed a missionary aviation maintenance apprenticeship at MMS Aviation in Coshocton, Ohio in 2004 before taking a staff position there as an aircraft maintenance supervisor. That experience carries over to MAG as Scott trains and mentors pilot-mechanic apprentices as they prepare for missionary field service

Scott is an Instrument Rated Commercial Pilot and licensed as an Airframe & Powerplant (A&P) mechanic with an Inspection Authorization (IA).


Andy & Trisha Gudeman

The Gudemans are serving in the MAG Training Department in Burlington, on loan from MMS Aviation in Ohio, as part of a pilot-mechanic apprenticeship program.  They are actively supporting MAG ministry programs while being trained for career missionary service abroad.

 


Aaron & Tara Hammitt

The Hammitts are serving in the MAG Training Department in Burlington, on loan from MMS Aviation in Ohio, as part of a pilot-mechanic apprenticeship program.  They are actively supporting MAG ministry programs while being trained for career missionary service abroad.

 


John & Mollie Harmon

John serves at MAG headquarters in Burlington, NC as the ministry’s Chief Financial Officer.

After 3 terms as a missionary pilot-mechanic in Brazil, John served as CFO for JAARS for a number of years prior to moving on to Director of Finance and Treasurer at Mission to the World. John also serves as a board member with the Spokane Turbine Center.

John earned a degree in Biblical Studies and Missions at Columbia Int'l University before receiving his pilot and mechanic certificates at Moody Aviation. He later earned his MBA degree with an emphasis in International Finance at University of South Carolina. Mollie is a Registered Nurse.

 


Brad & Crystal Hoblit

The Hoblits are serving in the MAG Training Department in Burlington, on loan from MMS Aviation in Ohio, as part of a pilot-mechanic apprenticeship program.  They are actively supporting MAG ministry programs while being trained for career missionary service abroad.

 


Jason & Anita Maust

The Mausts are serving in the MAG Training Department in Burlington, on loan from MMS Aviation in Ohio, as part of a pilot-mechanic apprenticeship program.  They are actively supporting MAG ministry programs while being trained for career missionary service abroad.

 


Carlos & Shirley Paz

Carlos serves as MAG’s Director of Pastoral Ministries with responsibility for evangelism, discipleship, education, translation, and pastoral care in conjunction with MAG field programs in Central America. Carlos is also currently serving as interim country director in Honduras.

From their “home-base” in southern New Hampshire, Carlos and Shirley share a stateside role in “Church Partnership Development”, recruiting churches, individuals, and teams in support of MAG ministry.

Carlos began serving in full-time pastoral ministry in 1985, prior to completing his graduate studies at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary in 1986

 


Rob & Bintou Peterson

Rob and Bintou Peterson serve in the African country of Gabon.  Rob is a pilot-mechanic on loan to MAG from the SIL base(Wycliffe Bible Translators Affiliate) in Cameroon, flying and maintaining our Cessna 207 aircraft, while his wife Bintou is a medical doctor in the Ophthalmology Residency program at the Bongolo Hospital. 

Rob originally trained at Moody Bible Institute, completing his pre-field training at JAARS in Waxhaw, NC.  As Wycliffe Partners, both Rob and Bintou have a heart to work with communities and churches for Bible translation and literacy. Through aviation, medical care, and music, they let the light of the Gospel shine through them.

 


Ben & Lauren Powell

The Powells are currently on home assignment in the United States, preparing for deployment to Guatemala.

Following his graduation from the Missionary Aviation Technology program at Moody Bible Institute, Ben worked internationally as a First Officer (FO) and aircraft mechanic for a commercial aviation operator. This experience, along with growing up in Peru as the son of a missionary Nurse, has prepared him for his role as a pilot-mechanic in MAG’s Guatemala Air Ambulance program. Lauren, with a degree in Global Education, lived and taught for a year in Ecuador. Ben and Lauren are excited about not only using aviation to support medical ministry but also being involved together in personal ministry as they encourage and disciple believers among the remote people groups of northern Guatemala.

Ben is an Instrument Rated Commercial Pilot and licensed as an Airframe & Powerplant (A&P) mechanic with over 1500 flight hours.

 


Devon & Meghan Stearns

Devon serves in Burlington, NC as MAG’s Coordinator of Communications, Media, and Public Relations. As the heart of MAG’s creative team, Devon develops and oversees the ministry’s web and social media presence, helping to promote MAG missionaries, ministry programs, and development efforts.

Meghan works in full-time ministry at nearby St. Mark’s Church as the Assistant to the Missions and Outreach Pastor.

 


Steve & Alace Straw

The Straws are currently serving at MAG Headquarters in Burlington, NC. As MAG’s Chief Operating Officer (COO) Steve is responsible for all day to day ministry, administrative, and flight operations.

In addition to founding the air ambulance program in Gabon in 2008, the Straws have also served interim roles with SIL-Cameroon as aviation program manager and dorm house parents. Steve is a 9,000 hour pilot, an ordained pastor with the Christian & Missionary Alliance, a '93 graduate of LeTourneau University, and has completed advance training with MAF and JAARS.

Alace serves as the Member Care Coordinator for MAG, helping to care for the mental, emotional, and spiritual needs of the MAG staff. She is continuing her professional education in Member Care Ministry at Liberty University (Psychology) and through specialized training at JAARS as a "Cross Cultural Integration" trainer.

 


Keith & Jenny Woockman

The Woockmans are serving in the MAG Training Department in Burlington, on loan from MMS Aviation in Ohio, as part of a pilot-mechanic apprenticeship program.  They are actively supporting MAG ministry programs while being trained for career missionary service abroad.

 

 

Part-Time & Associate Staff


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Zack Azzarito

Zack is a 1000 hour pilot with experience ranging from Pipers to Pilatus. He is a Missions Mobilization Coordinator at the Summit Church (Raleigh), and is currently working towards his Masters in Intercultural Studies/Missiology at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. As a MAG Associate Staff member, Zach provides flight instruction to MAG apprentices and assists as part of our safety team at the Burlington hangar.

 


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Trish Chriscoe

Trish is a former airline pilot with over 4000 flight hours, flying in the Midwest and Hawaii. She attends Mebane UMC and instructs at Elon Aviation. Trish serves as a part-time flight instructor in MAG’s Burlington training department.

 


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Eric Foehr

Eric is a retired Insurance Executive who relocated to North Carolina in 2009 to serve as a “full-time volunteer” in ministry.  Eric works tirelessly in MAG’s accounting department as the Payables Manager and Bookeeper.  In his “spare time” he helps on the facility management team in addition to serving on the MAG Board of Directors. – and he makes great BBQ!

 


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Brandon Penkoff

Brandon is a pilot-mechanic with SIL (Wycliffe Bible Translators Affiliate) in the African country of Cameroon.  Brandon fills an important “standy” role, flying and maintaining our Cessna 207 aircraft as needed – occasionally in Cameroon in support of Bible translation, and in Gabon in support of the Bongolo Hospital.

 


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Damon Whitlow

Damon is a business owner from the Atlanta area. Involved for many years in short-term international missions, Damon and his wife Stacey are now in preparation for full time missionary service. As an Instrument Flight Instructor (CFII) with experience in a variety of aircraft, Damon serves as a part-time flight instructor in MAG’s Burlington training department.

 


MAG Board of Directors


 Rev. Sean Donnelly - President

Rev. Sean Donnelly - President

 Peter Spahr - Vice President

Peter Spahr - Vice President

 Dr. Mark Crissman - Chairman

Dr. Mark Crissman - Chairman

 Eric Foehr - Treasurer/Secretary

Eric Foehr - Treasurer/Secretary

 Tim Burk - Director

Tim Burk - Director

 Rev. Todd Felkel - Director

Rev. Todd Felkel - Director

 Paul LoRusso, CPA - Director

Paul LoRusso, CPA - Director

 Rich Wenzel - Director

Rich Wenzel - Director

 Dan Gleason - Director

Dan Gleason - Director