Reg and Mary Epp are missionaries with Mission Aviation Fellowship. From 1986 to 1999 the Epps served in Botswana, on loan to Flying Mission. They next served at MAF’s Headquarters from 1999 to 2011. Following their time there, they returned overseas for four years. Tarakan, Kalimantan, Indonesia was the location this time. Reg served as a maintenance specialist on the three Cessna 206 and the two Kodiak aircraft. Mary served as a teacher for the MAF missionary kids. During their home service in summer 2015, Reg was diagnosed with cancer and it was decided that he needed to be in the United States for treatment.
Reg is currently working in the hangar at the MAF Headquarters in Nampa, Idaho. He will be helping to rebuild and outfit good, used aircraft for return to service overseas. The airplanes usually receive new or additional radios, and a major airframe overhaul, as well as a new engine. He is enjoying work in the avionics department as well.
Reg was born in Kansas, but moved soon afterward to Manitoba, Canada where his father pastored a church. He trusted the Lord as his personal Savior at age five, through his sister’s concern and his father’s guidance. Reg moved with his family as his father continued to pastor churches in British Columbia and then Oklahoma. After a year at Grace University in Nebraska, he joined a Christian musical drama group, The Agape Players. It was here he met Mary, and they were married in 1978.
Mary grew up in the Chicago area. She accepted Jesus as her Savior at the age of four. Her parents were a godly influence in her life, and she dedicated herself to Christian service at the age of 13. She attended Cedarville College in Ohio, and after marrying Reg, they attended Moody Bible Institute together.
Reg and Mary share, ‘We enjoy being close to our family again. Erin and her husband Boyd and their boys Jelani and Tarik live in Nampa and Boyd works in the Boise area. Emily and Rich, recently married, make their home in Seattle. Jason has been cancer-free since October 2000, which was when he received the last of his brain tumor treatments. He continues living and working in the Nampa area.’
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 the Epps’ ministry. Please prayerfully consider becoming Ministry Partners 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.