Nick was born and raised in Arlington, TX and attended Hardin Simmons University upon graduation from Lamar High School. Nick experienced the Lord in many different ways at HSU through different organizations and through love that ended up resulting in marriage to Jordan Ronalder, soon after graduating in 2014.
Together, Nick and Jordan serve at Pioneer Drive Baptist Church where Nick works with the youth and Jordan serves on the worship team. In the same way that he was led to HSU, Nick felt the Father lead him to serve His Kingdom intentionally as a member of the Board of Directors for Live Missions.
Marissa has been a teacher for 30 years, 26 years at Merkel ISD & 4 years at Snyder ISD. She has served as a Sunday school teacher in the Children’s Department, Vacation Bible school teacher, & Wednesday night kid’s program director. She and her husband Phil have a passion for teaching children within the church.
She has always had a heart for missions and has been on two different trip to Uganda with Live Missions as well as one trip to Romania. Marissa and Phil have been married for 33 years and have 3 children and 4 grandchildren.
Kristen was raised in New Braunfels, Texas and graduated from New Braunfels High School in 2013. Immediately after finishing high school, Kristen followed God’s call to Mozambique, Africa to attend the mission training school associated with Iris Global. For the two years following training school, she worked as a lead customer service agent for Alaska Airlines in San Antonio. Near the end of her time with Alaska Airlines, Kristen felt that the Lord was leading her to long term missions with Iris Global.
In 2016, she moved to Dondo, Mozambique where she served on the evangelism and discipleship base for the next year and a half. In December of 2019, the Lord asked Kristen to plant her roots in Abilene, Texas. She stepped down from full time missions work and now serves as an Education Coordinator at Pregnancy Resources of Abilene. She also works as a supervisor at The Front Porch coffee shop near downtown Abilene. She is a member of Beltway Park’s North campus and teaches evangelism/discipleship classes at the Middleton Unit Prison through the organization, Revive Texas.
Kisemei Kupe was born and raised in Kenya and apart of the Masai tribe near Mt Kilimanjaro. He is married to Joyce Kisemei, and they have four children. He is currently active at Pioneer Drive Baptist Church in Abilene, Texas. He served as a senior pastor for sixteen years in Nairobi, Kenya and was elected as the Kenyan National Deputy General Secretary for four year.
Kisemei received an associate degree in Bible and Theology from Karen Bible College, a Bachelor of Arts in Bible and Theology from Global University in Springfield, Missouri, and a Master of Divinity from Hardin-Simmons University. Kisemei currently works in the office of global engagement at Hardin-Simmons University as the International Ambassador.