Cheryl’s mission experience began as an MK (missionary kid) living in South Africa. Later, with her husband Gorden (also an MK and now a teacher of mission at Andrews University), she served for sixteen years in the country of Malawi.
During her years in Malawi, Cheryl directed rural clinics, developed training programs for pastors’ wives, facilitated women’s ministries programs, and helped start Shepherdess Clubs. She also homeschooled her two children, Kristi and Richard, and taught classes in the ministerial training program at Lakeview Seminary. As a nurse, she lectured on health and, along with her husband, initiated annual family life training seminars for pastors and their wives. Their book, “Christian Marriage,” was published in Malawi in 1995.
Combining her mission background and educational training with her passion for family growth, Cheryl’s research and writing has largely focused on families in cross-cultural transition. Besides teaching and administrative duties, her specific responsibilities at the Institute of World Mission are developing curriculum and resources for mission training and the support and education of missionary families through newsletters and re-entry programs.
Since leaving Africa in 1997, Cheryl and Gorden have made their home at Andrews University and are blessed to have Cheryl’s mother living nearby. Kristi and her family are on the faculty of Burman University, Alberta. Richard and his family have recently returned from Nile Union Academy in Egypt to further their studies in the USA.