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Our Team

Staff

Abby Greeson

Mission Coach
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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!

Bri LaHaie

Mobilizer and Mission Coach
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Bri graduated from Azusa Pacific University with a Bachelors in Communication Studies. Bri's college experience helped her see the value and joy of mission work all over the world. Shortly after graduating, she moved to the Middle East to serve pregnant refugees from various cultures. She enjoyed using her passion for pregnancy to serve women tangibly overseas while getting a chance to share the Gospel. She is so excited to get an opportunity to connect people's passions to missional opportunities. She met her husband in the Middle East and they are now based out of Grand Rapids, MI. Bri's favorite things include a good book, dance parties, and Taco Bell.

Isaac Giese

Mobilization Partnership Coordinator
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Isaac was born and raised in Minnesota. He graduated with a bachelors in Intercultural Studies in 2017 from the University of Northwestern St. Paul. Early on during his studies, he developed a passion in his heart for missions to places with little to no access to the gospel. After graduation, he worked in the airline industry for 5 years, but always felt his heart pulling him to do missions. He desires to mobilize college students and see them use their unique skills to bring the gospel to the nations. Isaac enjoys watching and discussing film, traveling, dancing at weddings, and spending time with his wife and son. 

 

Jamie Taves

Digital Media Content Producer
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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
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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 White

Director of Goer Experience
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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.

Lauren Graham

Mobilization Partnership Coordinator
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Lauren comes to GoCorps with a background of full-time travel, growing up as a military B.R.A.T., living life in 38 U.S. states and Canada. She currently resides in central Texas, pursuing a degree in biblical studies through Andersonville Theological Seminary. From a young age she felt called to missions, especially in East Asia. In 2022 she traveled to Japan for a short term mission, but when she returned to the states she felt God calling her to mobilize others into the mission field rather than going back to Japan. After experiencing what it is like to be sent, she wants to encourage and help others to find their place in the Great Commission. You might find Lauren in a park listening to music or journaling in her free time, or hanging out with her two cats, Sophie & Mei.

Luke Higdon

Mobilizer and Operations
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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.

Meghan

Mission Coach
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Meghan graduated from Carroll University with a degree in Communication. While there she was involved in InterVarsity, leading small groups and evangelistic Bible studies and saw God grow her heart for the nations. After graduating, she spent 2 years in the UK working with youth and college students, extending her time another 5 years to continue in ministry with young adults from different cultures, nations and backgrounds. She loved getting to come alongside people as they grew in their faith and considered their place in God's work around the world. Now based in Texas, she’s glad to be in a position when she can keep encouraging young adults in their pursuit of God and missions! Some of Meghan’s favorite things include exploring outdoors, eating treats her husband bakes, seeking out cozy spaces and playing with her kids.

Mike Nelson

Director of Operations
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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 and are striving as a family to love God and love their neighbors.

Paul Van Der Werf

President - CEO
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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.

Taylor Mace

Mobilizer
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Taylor graduated in 2021 from the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor with a degree in social work. Soon after graduation, she spent one year using her degree in Mexico City with an anti-trafficking ministry. Taylor absolutely loved getting to know the language, people, and culture of Mexico City and will always remember all that God taught her in her year there. Since her first missions bible study in middle school, Taylor has always had a passion for making Jesus known to all nations, so upon moving back to the states she began work with GoCorps as a mobilizer! Some of her hobbies are to crochet, paint, and bake fun new desserts. Taylor and her husband Aaron live in the central Texas area where they love to spend cozy nights watching movies and baking cookies.

This Could Be You!

Multiple Positions Available

We are looking for talented and passionate people to join our staff team. We invite you to explore employment with GoCorps and help us engage hundreds of recent grads in global service among the least reached! We are committed to building a team of staff of like-minded and gifted individuals focused on the vision of a day when it's the norm for Christians to invest two years of their career globally for the sake of the overlooked and oppressed.  

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