Our Team

Staff

Abby Greeson

Mission Coach

Abby went to the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor where she met her husband TJ. They currently live in Texas and her husband is on staff at a local church. As a recent grad, Abby remembers not knowing where God was calling her or how he was going to use her.  So, she is super pumped to help other young adults discover where and how God wants to use them to reach the nations. She is excited to be a part of God’s great commission in sending the next generation of missionaries and loves exploring new cities, hiking, and lots of coffee. Oh, and of course a good game night with friends and family!

Colton M.

Campus and Church Partnership Mobilizer

In 2011, Colton graduated from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor with a BA in Christian Studies and is currently pursuing his Masters of Theological Studies at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Colton previously served as a Youth and Missions Pastor for four years and a College Pastor for three years.  Colton’s passion to see every people, tongue and tribe hear and respond to the gospel began in college. Since then Colton has seen God do incredible work through the local church to reach the nations with the Gospel. Colton has been married to fellow staff member Katy White for six years. He has an unhealthy obsession with the Houston Astros, he is less then average at basketball, and his best friend is his dog, Springer.

Jamie Taves

Digital Media Content Producer

Jamie Grew up in Colorado, and graduated from Grand Canyon University with a bachelors in Digital Film Production. He met his wife Jackie in college and married her in 2016. In the first 2 years of his marriage they moved 3 time, pursuing experience in what God wanted for them in their work lives and personal. God has great plans for all who follow him as James is learning. He has lived in Indiana from 2017 to 2021 and has continually been pursuing what God wants him to use his love for video and story making for. As he has always longed to be in the mission field, he wanted to create videos for missionaries who needed them most, and who were seeing God move in big ways. He is excited to be doing that with the great people here at GoCorps. If you ever want to discuss movies or story, He is your guy.

Julia Van Der Werf

Director of Training

Julia was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, and attended Penn State University.  From the very beginning of her teaching career, she had a passion to serve inner city youth which eventually led her to start an inner city ministry in Washington, DC called DayBreak in which she served as the Executive Director until 2009 when she married Paul and began serving with GoCorps.  Her roles on the GoCorps team have included: director of coaching, fundraising event coordinator, and fundraising campaigh trainer. Julia loves her family and friends who are scattered all over the country and world and enjoys reading, watching movies, traveling, going for long walks in pretty places, photography, and being a mom to three little ones.

Katy R.

Director of Goer Experience

Katy graduated from Texas A&M in 2012 with a degree in Communication. While in college, the urgency of making Christ known in all nations captured her heart and her passions followed suit. She now desires to ignite a passion for the least reached in the lives of college students and to see this generation realize their strategic place in global missions. Katy’s hobbies include cooking fancy recipes and playing the guitar. Katy resides in TX with her husband Colton. Together they take as many opportunities to travel as they can, and are currently half-way into their goal of visiting all seven continents.

Luke Higdon

Mobilizer and Operations

From a young age, Luke has had a desire to serve the Lord through missions.  After graduating from the University of Alabama in 2012, Luke joined the staff of a small start-up mission organization in Alabama to help with operations.  While on staff there, Luke attended a Perspectives class where his understanding of unreached people groups and a passion for getting the Gospel to them deepened.  In 2017, Luke moved to Scotland where he served as a mobilizer for just over two years. Now back in Alabama, Luke has joined GoCorps staff to serve in both operations and mobilization.  He and his wife, Helen, have a daughter and a son. Luke enjoys traveling, board games, and running.

Melody Stowe

Mobilizer and Mission Coach

Melody graduated in 2016 from Belhaven University with a degree in Dance. Since she was young, Melody had many opportunities to combine her love of dance and the arts with ministry and it was these passions that led her to discovering GoCorps. Melody went to Berlin for two years where she worked with an artistic ministry using dance to build relationships and share a message of hope. While there, she had her eyes opened to the Lord’s heart for the nations and she is so excited to coach and mobilize other new adults to go into the world for Christ. Melody’s favorite things include chocolate, dancing, reading, and puppies!

Mike Nelson

Director of Operations

As a student at Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa, Mike had many opportunities to share the Gospel around the US and overseas. These experiences sparked a passion for global service and eventually God brought Mike and his wife, Jackie, overseas for a year with a church planting organization. Mike loves hearing about how God is working in the lives of college students and how to connect them with opportunities to serve globally. Mike, Jackie, and their three daughters are based just outside of Minneapolis.

Paul Van Der Werf

Executive Director

Paul has a passion for helping the emerging generation use their gifts, talents and abilities to share the gospel among the least reached globally. After graduating with a degree in Business from Wheaton College, Paul has spent the last 15 years figuring out how to help recent grads integrate their faith, passions and degree in global missions. Toward this end, in 2009, he founded GoCorps. Paul loves travel and has visited all 50 states and 46 countries. He enjoys urban bike riding, ultimate Frisbee, reading and iced coffee. Paul and his wife Julia and three young sons are based in Minneapolis.