Who we are


  • We both grew up attending church every Sunday. 
    • Mindy's family typically went to church more times each Sunday on vacation each August than on any Sunday during the year...her dad was a pastor and rarely got to visit other churches when he was working. 
    • Dean's family regularly attended Presbyterian and Evangelical Free churches  while he was growing up.
  • We met in seminary, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois
    • Dean was working on his Master's of Divinity with the goal of being a youth pastor
    • Mindy was working on her tan, but taking classes in the Certificate in Biblical Studies program with a goal of working in another culture as a missionary outside the United States
  • We got married and had three kids
    • Dean became a youth pastor, but also worked at various times as a substitute teacher, a temp at a mortgage company and at an insurance company, and as a hotel night auditor
    • Dean wrote and published a series of mysteries for kids, the Bill the Warthog books, and several other books, including a drama collection and a romantic comedy ebook
    • Mindy stayed at home when the kids were little, but also worked at various local newspapers, temped for companies ranging from a sustainable housing cooperative to a hospital (oddly enough, they were next door to each other), and worked at a large winery, a hardware store and a lumberyard
  • We got more and more curious about the Church in the United States 
    • Also, our kids grew up and moved away
    • Our minivan, with over 100,000 miles on it, was going strong, though we still didn't like it very much
    • We can still physically handle camping in a tent and sleeping on people's floors
    • We enjoy road trips
  • We've been on the road since December 30, 2015