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!
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.
Jessica has had a successful career in corporate recruitment for over 10 years, and recently completed her Master’s degree with University of Northwestern – St. Paul in Organizational Leadership. It was during her MOL program that she started to sense God was calling her to use those recruiting skills for another purpose when she found GoCorps. Jessica is passionate about helping emerging adults transition well from college into their career and strongly believes that investing 2 years in global service after graduation should be normalized among recent grads to help fulfill the Great Commission. She is currently involved with a local church plant in Minneapolis and believes God has called us all in unique ways to live missionally wherever he calls us, whether in the city or overseas. Jessica loves music, reading all kinds of books, spending time with family and friends at the lake, and a good cup of coffee. Jessica is based in Minneapolis, MN.
Julia Van Der Werf
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 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.
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 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!
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
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.