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Randy & Annette grew up in small towns near Madison, Wisconsin. After graduation from Madison Area Technical College in 1978, Randy began working as a Quality Control Technician, and Annette as a legal stenographer. We were married in 1980 and moved to a suburb of Chicago. For the next three years, Randy was employed by a Chicago firm as a Quality Assurance Engineer, and Annette worked in a law firm in Elgin. It was during this time that Randy and Annette became Christians. A year later, Randy became a full-time student at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago while Annette took a job at a Chicago law firm.

We have four children. Their names are Elya, Jeremiah, Luke and Tabitha. After the birth of our first child, Annette became a full-time mother. Then after graduating from Moody, Randy worked at the Chicago Tribune and became very busy ministering in our local church, at Cook County Jail, and to the homeless on the streets of Chicago. Later Randy became an associate of Bible Related Ministries (1990-2000), an organization which assists local churches in time of need. This ministry involved a lot of traveling and pulpit supply. This was his main ministry until he was called to pastor the Bark River Bible Church in Bark River, Michigan.

From March, 1993 to July, 2001, our family lived in Bark River, located in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. While Randy served as pastor, Annette was very involved in various ministries: president of the Women's Missionary Society, AWANA Youth Group Leader, the unofficial church secretary, overseer of the tract ministry, and of course a pastor's wife, in addition to raising our four children. She was also involved in the Parent Teacher Organization at our children's public school and volunteered there as she was able.

Randy graduated from Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, Illinois, with a BA in Bible in 1986 with a minor in evangelism. Annette earned a Certificate of Adult Bible Studies in 1995 through Moody’s correspondence program. In May 1999, Randy earned a MA in Ministry from Moody as well. He completed this program over a three and a half-year period while pastoring by taking modular courses and completing a project/thesis. The title of the project/thesis is, “Leadership Training in Doctrine for the Bark River Bible Church.” In July, 2001, our family moved to Kiev, Ukraine. Our four children have returned to the US after finishing high school here in Kiev. They each completed universtiy in various fields in the States..