Meet The Team
Jonathan & Sarah McGuire
Jonathan was born in Fort Wayne, IN and came to a saving relationship with Christ at the age of six. He graduated from Moody Bible Institute with a B.A. in Bible Theology and went on to Grace Theological Seminary where he obtained his M.A. in Biblical Counseling.
Sarah was born in Grand Rapids, MI and came to a saving relationship with Christ at the age of six. She attended Word of Life Bible Institute, Appalachian Bible College, Grace Theological Seminary and Michigan State University. Sarah has her B.A. majoring in Bible Theology and minoring in Camp Ministries, a M.A. in Biblical Counseling and a MS in Park, Recreation, Tourism Resources specializing in Program Management. Sarah also is a Certified Natural Health Professional.
Jonathan and Sarah joined Wycliffe Bible Translators in 2003 and have served in various capacities ranging from HR, Marketing and for the last six years Jonathan provided leadership to the staff care program, which he started. Jonathan and Sarah received training and were certified as Stephen’s Leaders and Jonathan also was trained in Trauma Healing. Jonathan was part of a leadership team that lead a trauma healing workshop in South Sudan, from which the original participants have gone on to plant 33 churches.
Jonathan and Sarah have the joy of raising two sons, Josiah and Jordan, currently ages 14 and 12. Jordan, the youngest son, was born allergic to all food except sweet potato. He was also on the severe end of the autism spectrum. God used Sarah’s research to bring healing to Jordan’s body so now he can eat most foods and while he still has struggles, he would no longer be diagnosable as autistic. God used their experience to create a burden to come alongside the parents of children with special needs.
Betsy Kopp, MSW
Betsy is a mom who knows what it’s like to live in the trenches of parenting unconventional kids. She has experienced first-hand the grief that revisits and the joy that surprises. She believes that there are unexpected gifts to be found along the journey. She has a passion for walking alongside families who find themselves struggling with the emotional toll and grief of caring for those with special needs.
While she has a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from University of Michigan and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Western Michigan University. It is her work as mom to three children that has taught her the greatest lessons. Parenting autism, multiple medical conditions, attachment/trauma related adoption while homeschooling, attending IEP’s, living in doctor’s offices, and always researching. She and her husband, Russ, have been married for 24 years and reside in the Grand Rapids, Michigan area.
Kaylene Whitaker, MA
Kaylene was born and raised in the greater Grand Rapids area of Michigan and currently resides in Traverse City, Michigan. After graduating from Cedarville University, she attended Dallas Theological Seminary where she obtained her M.A. in Counseling.
In addition to her counseling background, Kaylene is experienced in website design, marketing, communications, and social media management. She worked with Lake Ann Camp and currently works as the Safe Families for Children Coordinator in Northern Michigan.
Wes Peterson, MBA
Wes Peterson is the Director of Outreach for HOPE Church Richmond, VA. Wes is a strategic visionary leader who is investing his life in engaging and equipping the Church in God’s work of redemption around the world. He has served in a variety of executive leadership roles in churches and para-church ministries around the country. He innovated a nation-wide fundraising campaign called ‘OneVerse’ which generated millions of dollars for Bible translation through Wycliffe Bible Translators, served at Samaritans Purse as Director of Church Engagement overseeing 100,000 churches donating $20 million dollars, facilitated over 25 seminars for missionaries on partnership development, and has served on the pastoral team at 3 different churches around the country.
Wes graduated from Moody Bible Institute with a BA in Education/Youth Ministry and received a Masters in Business Administration with an emphasis on Global Leadership from Taylor University. He and Jama were married in 1999. They have 3 children, Juliana, Mariana & Bennett...and of course the family dog Roxie.
Dr. John French
John French is the senior pastor of Merriam Christian Chapel in Albion, IN. He and his wife, Christine, served twenty years in church planting and leadership development in Johannesburg, South Africa, and eight years on staff at Grace College, Winona Lake, IN. John is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute, Grace Seminary, and the University of South Africa.