Peter and Katie Santana serve with Mission Aviation Fellowship in Papua, Indonesia. As the Assistant Program Manager, Peter serves the Papua team so that they can help bring Christ’s love to people in one of the remotest parts of the world. He also serves as a pilot and transports missionaries, pastors, medevac patients, and village residents around Papua. Katie focuses on raising their three boys: Carter, Micah, and Luke, as well as tutoring English and math in the community.
Peter grew up in Waynesboro, Virginia, and was encouraged in his relationship with Christ by his parents and other influential pastors and mentors in his life. At the age of 18 he received his pilot’s license with his father as his flight instructor. He went on to obtain his commercial and instrument ratings through local flight schools. Peter was introduced to mission aviation through the story of Nate Saint (MAF pilot and martyr), and he and Katie got to experience the impact of mission aviation firsthand while on a vision trip with MAF to Mexico in 2011.
Peter graduated from James Madison University with a degree in finance and has spent most of his career working in the banking industry. About 10 years into his career, God redirected him to pursue mission aviation.
Katie grew up in Staunton, Virginia, and was greatly impacted by seeing her parents live out their faith. This led her to follow Christ from a young age. While growing up she participated in several domestic mission trips and also saw her family support mission organizations. However, it was really over the last several years that God changed her view of what it means to live on mission for Him and opened her heart to serving on the overseas mission field.
Friends since high school, Peter and Katie were married in 2007 and lived in Waynesboro, Virginia, until moving to Indonesia in 2018. In 2008, Katie graduated from James Madison University with a Master of Arts in teaching and her licensure for teaching middle school math and science. She taught middle school math for a few years before their second son was born.
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 Santanas’ ministry. Please prayerfully consider becoming a ministry partner with them through prayer and/or financial support.
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.