Troy was born and raised in Zion, IL, and was saved at a Christian festival in Orlando, FL in 1982. After graduating from high school, Troy spent a year and a half studying Radio/TV production and Film production at Southern Illinois University. In 1988 troy transferred to Trinity Bible College as a missions major.
Lisa was born in Alaska, and grew up in Pennsylvania and North Dakota. Lisa was saved while attending Vacation Bible School at the age of seven. In 1987 Lisa began attending Trinity Bible College as a missions major.
During their time in Bible college both Troy and Lisa were involved in short term missions trips.
Troy did short term missions trips to Hong Kong, China and Thailand, and Lisa went on a short term trip to Bahamas.
After graduating in 1990 with a double major in Bible and Missions, Troy and Lisa were married and moved to Elizabeth, NJ, where they served as inner-city youth pastors and as teachers at the church’s Christian school. In the summer of 1992 Troy and Lisa were appointed as Assemblies of God missionaries to Cambodia.
After arriving on the field in January of 1994, Troy and Lisa spent two years doing church planting and serving as directors of the Kompong Cham Children’s Home, an orphanage of 120 children located in north-eastern Cambodia. In 1997 Troy and Lisa moved to Phnom Penh to begin serving as media ministries director for Cambodia. After completing an MA in communications from Spring Arbor University, Troy has become more involved in developing and implementing training programs for new missionaries to Cambodia.
Dmetri was born in April of 1996, and Alex was born in November of 1997. After spending two years home schooling, both Dmetri and Alex attended and graduated from Hope International School in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and are now enrolled at the University of Valley Forge.