In 2008, Cristi was appointed as an Assemblies of God world missionary and two years later moved to Wales, UK, where she served on a church planting team. She helped plant Capital City Church in Cardiff, and also founded The Living Room, Wales’ Students for Christ campus initiative.
Cristi has a new assignment ministering to missionary kids and working with the International Society of Missionary Kids, AGWM’s ministry to missionary families. ISMK serves over 1,400 missionary kids in some 200 countries. The number one reason missionaries leave missions is due to the lack of resources needed to maintain spiritual and emotional health for their families on the field. ISMK believes that, by caring for missionary kids, we are ministering to the whole family and can help families stay healthy in missions. Most MKs don’t have children’s church, youth group, or even Christian friends in the countries they serve, so ISMK provides a network within the MK community that facilitates global relationships with other MKs.
Cristi’s role has her traveling and working in all five regions where missionaries serve, providing pastoral care and counseling for MKs, coordinating kids and youth programs during missionary retreats, as well as overseeing mentoring and discipleship programs for MKs of all ages. The hardest transition for any MK is when they return to the States for college, so Cristi also spends time helping MKs transition and settle in the US for college.
Cristi grew up as a MK in South Africa and lived there until she returned to the States for college at the age of 19. It was during those childhood years of serving with her family that she grew to understand the unique challenges and joys of living and ministering overseas. She grew up under the ministry of ISMK and served for 10 years as a counselor for MKs during missionary training camps and seminars.
She has a BA in Communications from Evangel University and is working on her Masters in Human Services Counseling through Southwestern Assemblies of God University.