Paul and Beth College, along with their sons, Seth, Blake, Tate, and Toby, are missionaries with Mission Aviation Fellowship in Philadelphia, PA, where they serve remotely as part of MAF’s Member Care Team. Paul and Beth served as a pilot/mechanic family for 11 years in Kalimantan, Indonesia. Their time overseas was an experience their entire family enjoyed, but in 2016, the Colleges made the difficult decision to transition back to the States.
During their last term in Indonesia, God began developing and growing new desires in both Paul and Beth to shepherd and come alongside those who are serving in a ministry capacity. “Serving those who serve” has become part of the vision that God is developing in them.
In August 2017, Paul and Beth both joined the Member Care Team. They are excited to walk alongside MAF staff that are serving overseas, by offering encouragement, support, and discipleship.
Born and raised in St. Paul, MN, Paul grew up in a Christian home and accepted Christ at a young age. His relationship with the Lord became strong during high school as he participated in summer mission trips with Teen Missions International. Paul’s love of other peoples and cultures grew out of those trips. Paul attended Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, IL, and then Moody Aviation in Elizabethton, TN. He earned his B.S. in Aviation Technologies. He also holds a commercial-multi-CFII rating.
Beth was born and raised in Souderton, PA. Her parents and grandparents demonstrated a life honoring to Christ, and Beth accepted Him as her Savior at a young age. Through her experience in youth group, she was challenged to take her Christian life to a deeper level, and in high school and college she became grounded in her faith, desiring to know Jesus in a deeper, real way. Beth’s understanding of missions grew through mission conferences at her church, mission trips throughout high school, and working with inner city kids. After a mission trip to the Ukraine, Beth began to see missions as a big part of her life. Beth also attended Moody Bible Institute, earning her B.A. in International Ministries. Paul and Beth met during their freshman year at Moody Bible Institute and were married in the fall of 1999.
God calls the men and women of MAF to serve Him in unique ways. He may also be calling you to a special role in Paul and Beth’s ministry. Please prayerfully consider becoming a ministry partner with them through prayer and/or financial support.
The U.S. offices of MAF serve as a hub for MAF services worldwide. A day in the life here includes specialized flight training, staff mobilization and counseling, purchasing and shipping of aircraft parts, finance and accounting, administration of an Internet gateway for worldwide email, fund raising, printing and mailing of various materials, and many, many more activities. Some staff serve around the country; training future pilots and mobilizing potential candidates to serve with MAF.
MAF missionaries raise support for a pooled fund out of which MAF covers salary, housing, benefits, and staff-related ministry expenses. MAF exercises discretion over the use of missionary support in the exercise of its mission and care of its staff.