Hi! We are Todd, Penny, Emily, and Kelsey. Todd & Penny are currently the house directors of the Home Port Hospitality House in Oahu, HI. Serving all 5 branches of the Military. We are in transition to Rapid City, SD in 2022 to work with Military Casa. In the past, Todd & Penny were the Ft. Drum Hospitality House Directors in Upstate New York through Cadence International from 9/2015 to 3/2018. As hospitality house missionaries we work hand in hand with Military Chaplains to serve our active men and women primarily off base by bringing them a “home away from home.” A home cooked meal, Bible Study, counseling, accountability and mentorship. We normally see 25 to 50 servicemen and their family on Friday nights coming for food and spiritual food! Discipleship for many and some find a saving relationship with Jesus Christ as we share our lives together and the Gospel!
Todd: I grew up Catholic, but rarely attended mass. At 15 years of age I visited a small non-denominational protestant Bible church with my best friend and learned that my sin was leading me to Hell. I learned of God’s redemptive grace through His Son Jesus Christ, and His desire to have a personal relationship with me. At an evening service, I responded to the Gospel message, truly remorseful for my sin. I repented and asked Jesus Christ to come into my heart. Unfortunately, I did not spiritually grow and I reverted back to the practices of my old self, but felt miserable for my actions and could not understand why all of a sudden I cared about what God thought of my deeds. This dismal state of being continued until my senior year in high school, when God used my circumstances to turn my heart back to Him. I repented of my sinful living and surrendered my life completely to Him. I sought out an older man to disciple me and began devouring the Scriptures. Not long after this I prayed that God would give direction to my life. I desired to serve Him and follow Him wherever He may lead. I felt a call to the ministry, and enrolled in Bible College shortly afterward to major in Biblical Studies and then on to Seminary. After graduation, God opened the door for me to serve as the Youth Pastor at Soldotna Bible Chapel for 20 years! Now He is leading me to serve through Cadence International, a missionary ministry serving the military. Cadence brought us on as missionaries in September of 2014 and we started the process of raising support to get to the field. Once there, I will be leading Bible Studies, sharing the gospel, mentoring soldiers, providing counseling, and helping our military chaplains. I also look forward to ministering to couples and young families, especially fathers, strengthening them in their role as spiritual leader.
Penny: I became a believer on a wintery afternoon in 1975 when I was 5. My twin sister was with me as our mom explained why we needed Jesus in our hearts. As my mom talked with us, I felt a conviction in my heart. I knew that I was a sinner and needed forgiveness. I prayed with my mom and my sister that day and received the gift of grace that Jesus gave to us by His dying on the cross and resurrection 3 days later. I was baptized as a teenager and was active in my youth group and church. After high school I attended Bible College and graduated with a degree in Biblical Studies. When my husband finished seminary we moved to Alaska where he accepted a position as youth pastor. As a pastor’s wife I have served in the youth ministry mentoring girls and providing support to my husband. Last spring (2014), I prayed for God to stretch me. I prayed this because the last couple of years I’ve felt restless in our place at Soldotna Bible Chapel and stagnant in how effective I’m being in the ministry. As soon as I prayed this I knew He would stretch me in ways that I would not necessarily be comfortable with; but in faith I trust Him. The Lord has called me to serve alongside my husband as a full time missionary with Cadence International. I look forward to serving in many ways like cooking meals, providing Bible Study for our women soldiers, and loving on them as a substitute mom. Our oldest daughter, Emily will be graduating from high school in the spring of 2015 and transitioning to college, Lord willing. Our youngest daughter, Kelsey will be a blessing serving with us. She will also help serve meals, provide child care, and be that little sibling many of these soldiers left behind.
Enjoy our blog! It’s a linear record of how God has done tremendous things through us and our beloved active Military personnel.