About Us

Joe & Felicity just one month before their engagement

Joe & Felicity just one month before their engagement

Joe was born and raised in a Christian home in Houston, Texas. He moved to St. Louis in 1997 to study art at Washington University in St. Louis. It was during this time that the Lord gave him a heart for the world as he began studying Japanese language and culture. He lived in Japan for one year as a college student in 1999-2000, where he studied at Waseda University in Tokyo. After graduating he worked as a high school teacher for a few years before joining staff with Campus Crusade for Christ in 2005. In 2006 Joe spent a year with CCC launching new campus ministries in Tokyo.

Felicity was born in central Illinois. She studied Art Education at Northern Illinois University in Dekalb, Illinois. It was in college when the Lord gave Felicity a heart for the world as she began spending time with internationals on campus. She became an intern with CCC after graduating in 2005. She spent one year ministering in Macedonia, in eastern Europe, and then she spent a year on campuses in central Illinois.

Joe and Felicity met the year Joe returned from Japan. They instantly connected through a shared heart for unreached peoples. Ever since the day they were engaged to be married they began praying about how God would use them in the world. They tied the knot October 11, 2008 and planned on going overseas after 3-5 years of service in the States with CCC.

After years of praying for direction, the Lord has clearly led Joe & Felicity to join with Mission to the World to join a church planting team in Tokyo (in the Toyosu neighborhood). In May of 2014 Joe completed his MDiv at Covenant Seminary in St. Louis, where he graduated summa cum laude and was named a Founders Scholar.  Joe is a teaching elder in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA).

Joe & Felicity have three children: Zoey (5 yrs), Jonah (2 yrs) and Ramona (7 mo).

Joe & Felicity love art, movies, music and good food. They love being at home together, hanging out with friends and exploring new cities.  They are currently attending their sending church, Grace Presbyterian Church, in the Woodlands (Houston-area), TX.

Zoey, Felicity, Chinami (our Japanese host daughter), Jonah and Joe

Zoey, Felicity, Chinami (our Japanese host daughter), Jonah and Joe