Luke graduated from Union University with a B.S. in Conservation Biology. He grew up in Guinea where his parents were missionaries. Luke has worked on a dairy farm in Michigan, at University of Tennessee research station, and studied in Turkey while in college.
Jack graduated from Berry College with a B.A. in Religion and Philosophy. He spent his childhood in Australia and Fort Myers, FL where his parents worked in missions and ministry. Jack, his wife Abigail, and son Jarrah have been living in Rome, Georgia, where Jack has been working with college students as an employee of Berry College’s farm.
Imanuel graduated from Dordt College with a B.S. in Agriculture. He is from Jakarta, Indonesia. At Dordt he spent time learning about agriculture working on both the school farm and local farms in Iowa. Imanuel plans to return to Indonesia after completing the internship.
Appropriate Technology/Seed Bank
Savannah graduated from Liberty University with a B.S. in Biology. She grew up in Indiana just outside of Indianapolis. During college Savannah worked on the university farm. She also spent summers in Zimbabwe and in Peru.
Semi-arid / Propagation
Elena graduated from Florida State University (FSU) with a BS and Masters in Environmental Studies and minor in Urban and Regional Planning. She interned with New Missions Systems International, where Elena spent 8 weeks in Kenya working on agriculture projects at a NMSI supported program. During her studies at FSU Elena was active in both Christian student ministries and local agriculture organizations that link the community to their local agriculture.
Community Garden / Seed Bank
Sarah graduated from Winthrop University with a BA in Environmental Studies. She has been working the last two years in Bolivia, where she was teaching high school at an international school which is managed by South America Mission. Sarah has also spent time in Costa Rica and Colomba on study abroad and mission trips.
Lowlands / Propagation
"Dani" graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a B.S. in Plant Pathology and a minor in Global Health. During her time in college she worked in local community garden initiatives and spent time in Ghana, North Africa, and Guatemala. After graduation, Dani spent a year in Senegal as an intern with Pioneers. Prior to coming to ECHO she was teaching science to classes as an outdoor educator and curriculum supervisor at the Heartland Outdoor School in Ohio.
Urban Garden / Seed Bank
Gabe graduated from Calvin College with a B.A. in Geography and International Development Studies. Originally from Tennessee, Gabe spent his childhood in Nairobi, Kenya where his parents worked for a Christian relief organization. During college, Gabe participated in an intentional community program where he learned to garden. He also spent a semester in Honduras and a two-week independent study with Food For The Hungry in Ethiopia. During this past year Gabe worked as a Community Connector with an organization called Great Lakes Urban based in Michigan.
Monsoon / Seed Bank
Elizabeth received her B.A. in Missions at the Baptist College of Florida and went on to get her M.S. in Agriculture at Tarleton State University. Between semesters, Elizabeth went on a number of short-term mission’s trips, including to South Africa, Cambodia, Guatemala, and Brazil. Elizabeth has most recently worked as a Refugee Case Manager for Catholic Charities in Texas.
Mountain / Propagation
Launa attended Montana Wilderness School of the Bible, where she studied Outdoor Recreation. She is a certified EMT and Nurse’s Assistant. Launa is a missionary kid from Tanzania. Recently, Launa volunteered at ECHO in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, helping out with cleanup around campus. In the past year, Launa spent a month volunteering in Ghana with Blue-Med Africa. She has traveled through a number of middle eastern countries and has also returned to Tanzania to assist her parents in their work there.