Brent Halvorsen is excited to serve with Mission Aviation Fellowship in Nampa, Idaho, and globally. In his role as a traveling aircraft maintenance technician, he often serves MAF programs spread around the world. His desire is to help bring the light of Christ to the far reaches of the earth as seen in John 1:5.
Born in Reston, Virginia, Brent was raised in a diverse cultural environment that helped shape his desire to serve people outside of his home country. Giving his life to Christ at the age of 19, Brent attended Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, where he majored in Biblical studies and aviation maintenance. Throughout his time at college, he was able to participate in two short-term trips: one to Bangkok, Thailand, and the other to Dondo, Mozambique. These trips sparked a desire for mission work that would eventually lead him to working with MAF for four months as a hangar volunteer. After graduating from college, he moved to Boise, Idaho, to pursue a church planting opportunity with fellow graduates. During that time, he also started working for various companies at the Boise airport and gained valuable perspective and experience related to the world of aviation. This chain of events has led him to dedicate this season of his life to serving God as an MAF maintenance specialist.
In the summer of 2021, Brent was introduced to Genevieve at church by a mutual friend, and after his return from a month in DRC, they started talking in earnest. They were engaged in spring and married in the summer of 2022.
Genevieve grew up in Madison, Wisconsin, and accepted Christ at an early age. As an active member in her local Girl Scout troop and church youth group, Genevieve had the opportunity to participate in local service projects and several missions trips to the Virgin Islands. In college, she was involved with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship campus ministry and went on several U.S. based short-term mission trips. Instilled with a desire to help others and a fascination of nature, she majored in Biochemistry with a minor in public health at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. With experience in plant research and a desire to improve food accessibility, Genevieve earned her Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology at Michigan State University, where she studied potatoes and worked to develop improved potato varieties. Genevieve currently works in the Plant Sciences Group at the J.R. Simplot Company in Boise, Idaho. Her passion is to demonstrate God’s love to others through acts of service, and she looks forward to developing closer relationships with her local church family, gaining a deeper understanding of Christian fellowship, and serving those in her community as a reflection of God’s love.
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 Halvorsen’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.