Board of Directors
Michael was born in Alaska but lived also in Illinois, Massachusetts and Virginia due to his father’s government job assignments. He enlisted in the US Navy after high school and had several tours at sea but ultimately ended up receiving a medical discharge from the service. It was at the naval hospital that he met his wife Joan and they were married in 1972. They moved to Bangor, Maine where he attended Husson College, graduating with a business degree. He was a partner in a construction company, a financial comptroller for an international company and currently him and his wife are the owner and operator of a successful winemaker/brewer company that started in 2001. Michael has traveled extensively in India over the years. He has 2 adult children and 3 grandchildren who he says are “great to be around.”
Mrs. Gervais grew up on the dusty Texas High Plains in a spiritually rich environment surrounded by grandparents and family members who knew and walked with Jesus and shared with her their love of Jesus Christ. A graduate of Texas A&M University (where she met and married John), Sheri worked briefly as an engineer and then as a high school math teacher prior to becoming a stay-at-home mom. For the next 17 years Sheri home educated their 3 children, and also served the local homeschool community as a teacher and board member. She is co-founder of Mu Eta Sigma National Math Honor Society for Homeschooled Students and currently serves on the Board of New Beginnings Life Ministries in Brenham, Texas. When they aren’t visiting family, Sheri and John spend their time and energy fixing up their 104-year old farmhouse.
Mr. Gervais was raised with an Episcopalian faith but his love for the Lord has taken him through many life events which only husbands and fathers have the opportunity to experience. John is a graduate of Texas A&M University and has practiced as a Civil Engineer for 34 years in Texas in both private and public sectors, as well as a variety of civil applications. He has been married to Sheri for 31 years and they have 3 children, all Aggies, and 1 grandchild (Aggie class of 2039). Now that his children have started their own journeys, John is looking forward to helping STEP International move forward in their outreach.
Abhijit travels extensively in North America, Europe, and South Asia representing STEP International. He continues to engage with churches, individuals, and organizations with a goal to create partnerships and collaboration, speaking on behalf of the people and their needs in South Asia.
Joan was born, raised and educated in a Christian home and schools in the Chicago area and after attending nursing school she enlisted in the US Navy as a nurse. It was there that she met Michael and they were married in 1972 and moved to Bangor, Maine where they still reside. They have a son and daughter, both grown and married with 3 grandchildren all who are blessed to live relatively close by. Joan retired from 25 years in nursing to be able to concentrate on their full-scale winery and brewery business, which keeps them busy year-round with production and sales. Joan enjoys attending Pilgrim Orthodox Presbyterian Church and has been involved over the years in various ministries there such as youth work, Sunday School teaching, Bible studies, leadership and music positions and hands on ministries and can testify to God’s goodness in all things. Joan has traveled and has facilitated medical camps in India.
Andrew is a civil engineer in Kansas City, Missouri, and is a member of Redeemer Fellowship Church. He is originally from Columbus, Indiana, and graduated from Purdue University. Andrew first visited the projects of STEP in India with Engineering Ministries International in 2013. He loves to see the Hands and Feet of Christ in action, and has at various times been involved with Samaritan’s Purse, Agua Viva International, and Habitat for Humanity. His favorite chapters are Isaiah 58 & 59.
Katheryn Carmichael is a registered nurse from Birmingham, Alabama. After receiving her Bachelor of Science from Auburn University, she served in the mental health field in North Carolina, where she worked with survivors of sex trafficking through a faith-based rehabilitation program. In 2017, she began working at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Hospital and is currently involved in ministry and missions through her local church. Katheryn has traveled to India several times and has a heart for India.
Aprile has 3 sons, 8 grandchildren, she enjoys the outdoors, camping, being on the beach or at the river. She is an avid reader, enjoys knitting and weaving. She is presently a seminary student. She has traveled to India (back and forth for 10 years), Singapore, Nepal, Japan, and Mexico. She works part time for a ministry to fatherless boys here in Sacramento, California. She is also involved in Open Doors Ministry to the persecuted church and Joshua Project to the unreached.
Dr. Randy Wolffe
Randy has served as a missionary, pastor, church planter and now as an Associate Professor of Leadership Studies and Practical Theology at MB Seminary (part of ACTS Seminaries at Trinity Western University) and as the Director of MinistryLift, the non-formal training arm of the seminary. Randy has also taught in India, Thailand, Indonesia, Mexico and Ukraine. Randy and his wife, Lore, live in Langley, British Columbia with their 4 children.
Jon lives in Whistler, British Columbia with his wife Stephanie and their two children. Jon has been serving in pastoral ministry since completing studies at Briercrest Seminary, Liberty University and Trinity Western University. Jon first visited India in 2010 and has been back many times since with STEP.
Kelvin was born and raised on the family farm north of Portage la Prairie, Manitoba. He moved to Vancouver in 2014 and then up to Whistler in 2015.
Originally the move to Whistler was in pursuit of a job and snowboarding, but he soon realized God had other plans for his life; this included declaring Jesus as Lord over his life instead of himself, and discovering what a relationship with Jesus is about. He came to “the end of relying on himself” and found faith in January of 2015.
He has a passion for the great outdoors which gets him out camping, running, snowboarding and travelling to many amazing spots in BC and overseas. Kelvin longs to see more people discover what the Church is for and not merely what it is against. He said “Life with Jesus is all the more full and abundant than without. Although he will fall short of His example over and over, he aims to incorporate Him into daily life no matter the task or activity.” He loves his wife Heidi, family, church family, and friends saying “it’s because Jesus loved him first.”
Hank has been married to Carolyn for 40 years. He and his wife owned and operated a small bakery business for over 30 years. In 2013 Hank received a Masters of Arts Degree in Leadership, completed an Internship at Northview Community Church and is now serving there as an Associate Pastor of Community. Hank and Carolyn visited projects of STEP in India in 2014.
Carolyn has been married to Hank for 40 years. They have 3 married children and 3 grandsons. She has been a women’s ministry leader for 30+ years with a gifting for teaching women the Word of God. She served as an Intern to Women’s Ministry at Northview Community Church and is now an Independent Distributor for Young Living Essential Oils. Carolyn visited projects for women at STEP in India in 2014.
Shelley has worked and served in several Christian nonprofits for the past twelve years. She is currently working at MB Seminary in Langley, BC. Her background is in accounting and is a recent graduate of the Fundraising Management program at BCIT and will graduate from their Nonprofit Management program in Spring 2018. Shelley has a heart for international relief and a passion for nonprofit revenue development. When she’s taking a break from all things fundraising, you can find her in the woods trekking local hiking trails with her four kids.