John and Dylan met in Savannah, GA while John was working as an engineer and team leader at a local power plant and Dylan was working in college ministry at the Savannah College of Art and Design. After getting married in 2014, they ended up in Birmingham where their first child, Ellie Joy, was born. Their second child is due in January of 2019. Serving in international missions was not something that either of them were considering at this point, as they were serving locally in Birmingham through their church. However, in 2017 John and Dylan visited Costa Rica on a short-term mission trip. They both saw the work that God was doing through the partnership with the local church (ICRICEN) and MTW, and wanted to be a part of His kingdom work in Costa Rica. Both of them are looking forward to using their gifts to reach and equip youth and young professionals through discipling and mentoring, as well as joining the counseling ministry.
John is from Sylacauga, Alabama- home of Jim Neighbors, some of the purest marble in the world, and the first place recorded in history where a meteorite hit someone and they lived to tell about it. He studied mechanical engineering at the University of Alabama, and has worked in the energy industry for more than 10 years. John served as a camp counselor, a Sunday School teacher and a youth volunteer throughout his adult life. While he has been able to serve God as an engineer, he now feels God asking him to use his gifts in a different way.
Dylan is from Columbia, South Carolina and went to the College of Charleston after living in Argentina for a year as an exchange student. Spanish and Latin America have been a part of her life ever since! Dylan became a Christian through Reformed University Fellowship at CofC, and went on the serve as a campus intern with RUF at the Savannah College of Art and Design. She is excited to once again be able to use her gifts in Spanish to connect with young people and build community.