Carl and Nikki were called into ministry before they met in 1998 (Nikki through a mission trips and Carl through the example of his parents). Carl graduated from Northland International of Wisconsin in 1998 and Nikki graduated from The Master's College of California in 2000. Carl is a missionary kid who was born in Brazil while his parents were on the field as Bible Translators. During an evangelistic meeting his first semester at college, he accepted Christ. Nikki accepted Christ when she was 14. Before marriage, both faithfully served the Lord in their local church and continue to serve the Lord as missionaries together.