John was born in Macomb, Illinois in 1943 where he attended the First Presbyterian church until leaving for college in 1961. During the next ten years, he mingled college, working and two years in the US Army which all culminated in BS and MS degrees in structural engineering from the University of Colorado. He began his career in structural engineering in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1970 and semi-retired in 2014.

John and Jeanni met in 1990. They were both single with grown kids. They had both drifted from the church and felt a strong draw by the Holy Spirit to know Jesus. That began a long and wonderful walk together to know Him. They were married in 1994 in the Walnut Creek Presbyterian Church (WCPC). Later, they joined the Walnut Creek Evangelical Friends Church (WCFC) but maintain close ties to WCPC. John is facilities coordinator and mission's coordinator at WCFC. Through their Friends Church, Jeanni and John maintain close ties to Friends missionaries in Nepal and Cambodia. They stayed with their missionary friends in Nepal for one month in 2014.

John was part of the 1996 Walnut Creek Presbyterian (WCPC) short team to NAOMI (first team to NAOMI) and has returned with them every year since. John's role with NAOMI has primarily been in the area of design and construction of the team's various building projects. He became president of the NAOMI BOD in 2014.

John and Jeanni reside in Walnut Creek, California. They both have two married, adult children, and a total of ten grandchildren.


Vice President

Chris grew up in rural Wisconsin on a dairy farm and a pastor's kid (PK) and oversaw the pastoral duties when his parents moved on from the ministry. He is a citizen of the Muskogee Creek Nation. With the background of having native blood and having an adopted sister who is of the Sioux Creek tribe, he has had a heart to minister and serve Native American children/youth from an early age.

Chris has served in many areas of his church (World Revival Church of Kansas City) for 10 yrs. and has worked on many churches around the country. Chris is a Contractor in the Kansas City area and brings that skill set to NAOMI helping to build the recent addition at NAOMI in 2017 and helping work on future plans for projects at NAOMI.

Chris resides in Raytown (Kansas City), Missouri with his wife Amanda and two active teenage boys, Seth and Ian.