Mark Hattabaugh - Coordinator

Mark Hattabaugh comes from a missionary family. He was raised in Argentina (South America) where his family was the founding missionaries. But his roots in missions go back even farther because his grandmother was a missionary to Portugal.

After returning to America and graduating from Bible College, his ministry took him to many different places before becoming the Pastor of a thriving, multi-cultural church in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. His church has over 30 different nationalities and they have a Spanish and a Creole daughter work. He is married and has a son. His family is a great source of help to him in this great endeavor. His love of missions and missionary kids continues as he takes a group of youth each year on the Youth on Missions tour.

He looks forward to working with MK Ministries to see that all MKs receive the tools they need to succeed.

Cylinda Nickel - Assistant Coordinator / Office Manager

At the age of five, Cylinda Nickel moved to St. Croix, Virgin Islands, when her parents, Lloyd and Nancy Shirley, were appointed missionaries. After completing high school in the islands, she returned to the U.S. where she graduated from Indiana Bible College with a degree in religious education. She later served in several countries under short term missions appointments. Upon returning to the U.S., Cylinda met and married John Nickel. Their life’s journey has led them to Cabot, Arkansas, where they serve as children's pastors for New Life Church. They have two beautiful and talented daughters, Seanna and Emma, who are equally passionate about ministry, missions and missionary kids.  

As an MK, Cylinda realizes the challenges that go hand in hand with being raised as a third culture kid. She has poured herself into working with and ministering to MKs for the past twenty-three years.  Her passion is to encourage, educate, and enable MKs to be well balanced and involved in an active relationship with God. The Lord has also opened doors for her to minister at ladies events globally. Upon meeting her you will quickly realize her passion for MKs, reaching the world, and just flat out having fun. You can keep up with her adventures on her personal blog. We are honored to have her on our MK Ministries Team.

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Carla Burton - Secretary
Carla (Varnell) Burton became an MK at the age of 9, when her parents went to the Philippine Islands. Missions became a part of her life and she has spent the rest of her life involving herself in missions in some way. After returning home, at the age of 17, she attended Jackson College of Ministries where she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Music and met her husband, J. Kurtis Burton, and later on God blessed them with a beautiful daughter, Caitlin. They returned to the Philippines and spent 1 year as AIM workers, ministering in the Bible School. After evangelizing and finally settling down to pastor The Turning Point in Nashville, Tennessee, Carla is still greatly involved in Missions. Her heartbeat is see MK's receive all the tools needed to help them succeed on the field as well as when they return to America!
Diane Howell - MK Ministries Advisor
Diane Howell was raised in Jackson, Mississippi where she met and married her husband, Bruce Howell. The Lord blessed them with 3 wonderful children and is now blessing them with grandchildren. In 1979 they became missionaries to El Salvador where they served for 22 years. In 2001, they were elected as the General Director of Global Missions for the United Pentecostal Church International. Diane Howell has always had a love, burden and understanding for missionary kids because she raised her children on the field. Her desire is to see the Global Missions Division do all that it can to help the children of missionaries.

As the Advisor to MK Ministries, Sis. Howell links us to the Global Missions Administrative Committee.
Raymond Woodward - Liasion to the Global Missions Board
Rev. Raymond Woodward returned to his hometown of Fredericton to become the Lead Pastor of Capital Community Church on Pentecost Sunday in June 2001. He did his theological training at Northeast Christian College, where he also met his wife Beverley. They married in 1983 and now have two teenage children, Emily & Matthew. Raymond has served as an instructor for theology, music, computer and business subjects at United Pentecostal Bible Institute, CompuCollege School of Business and the New Brunswick Community College, and also holds a degree in Adult Education at the University of New Brunswick. He also did a ten-year stint as the producer and host of a gospel radio show.

Nearly 25 years of pastoral ministry have seen Raymond travel extensively in the United States, Canada and abroad, sharing the Word of God in numerous meetings and conferences. He is an ordained minister of the United Pentecostal Church International and a sought-after Bible teacher.

The Woodwards live on the banks of the beautiful Nashwaak River in Marysville, an historic 19th century mill town adjacent to Fredericton where Raymond enjoys reading, biking and kayaking in his spare time.



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