We are a team dedicated to serving the Lord, His people, and His missionaries. We are driven by our core values of: Service, Integrity, Excellence and Shared Purpose. To find out more about our core values click here.
Chief Executive Officer
Ministry has been his life. Allen was blessed to be born a preacher’s kid, saved at an early age, and called to ministry as a teenager. For forty years he has faithfully served Christ in a variety of ministry roles, primarily as a Senior Pastor. For the last 30 years as a pastor he has been closely involved with mission endeavors around the globe. From Jamaica to Mexico, Cuba and Belarus, his life has been impacted by missionaries and national pastors. As Agape’s CEO, his passion for serving missionaries is clear and contagious. He is honored that God has called him to Serve Christ by Serving His Missionaries.
He is a communicator of the Word of God and he loves sharing the vision and the mission of Agape Flights!
Married to Jennifer Mathewson Speer, with five children, one son-in-law, and two daughter- in-laws. Laura and Christopher, Robby and Meredith, Daniel and Jenna, and sons Micah and David; and two grandchildren.
Allen enjoys golf, fishing, and his grandchildren!
Director of Missionary Services (cargo operations, missionary affiliation)
Jeff accepted Christ into his life at the age of four and had the privilege of growing up in a Christian family. As he entered high school, he knew that God was calling him into ministry, but just wasn’t sure where. While studying at Liberty University, it became clear that God was calling him into missions. After graduating from LU in 1997 with a Cross-cultural degree, he lived in Korea for a year to gain some “practical experience” in a foreign culture. He got married in 2001 and worked as a flight instructor for a couple years before he and his wife, Crystal, joined Agape in February of 2004.
Cargo Manager (cargo operations)
Rod grew up on a farm in Central NYS. He fell in love with Jesus when he was 12, and followed His lead to college and a short career in the housing industry. In 1980, the Lord led Rod back to the farm for nearly 30 years, of which he spent caring for the needs of dairy cows. In 2000, he and his wife Janet, had the opportunity to go to Haiti on a short mission trip, and that is where they left their hearts. Seven years later, God said,” Sell the cows,” and they did. Now he loves caring for the needs of missionary families, and understands that, “giving up that which I love for the one who loves me more that I can understand has lead me to a love I would never have known without Him.”
In his free time Rod enjoys home and garden projects and discovering Florida with his wife, Janet
Janet brings 20 years’ experience as an administrative assistant and customer service representative working for a bank in central NY. A “people person,” she enjoys greeting the people who call on the phone or walk through the door at Agape Flights helping them in any way she can. She feels it is a privilege to serve the many missionary families in Haiti, the Dominican Republic and the Bahamas.
Favorite Bible verse: 1 Thes 5:16-18 “Be joyful always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
Favorite things: Grandkids! The proud grandma of 11 grands who live in NY and AZ. Janet loves Florida sunsets, Florida winters and flip-flops.
Director of Financial Services
Jennifer is proof that God has a plan!
In 2008, Jennifer began her journey of getting acquainted with Jesus when she accepted a temporary position in Agape’s accounting office. In March of the same year she accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior and was baptized in April. Hallelujah!
With more than 22 years of accounting experience, Jennifer feels privileged that God chose her to be a part of Agape’s ministry. She loves serving missionaries and is especially thankful for her extended Agape family.
On days off Jen enjoys hanging with her husband and two boys.
Director of Development (Donor connections, resource development)
With roots planted in the corn fields of central Illinois, Carole and her husband were "transplanted" to Florida's gulf coast in February, 2008. She joined Agape Flights later that year, and became the Director of Development in 2009. She has more than 15 years of professional experience in resource development, program administration, volunteer management and event planning.
Carole is honored to serve the gracious and generous donors who support the “life-changing and saving” mission of Agape Flights.
Donor Relations & Database Manager
For Shelly, coming to work at Agape Flights has been a journey both personally and geographically. After years of raising children, volunteering and pastoring alongside her husband in the Midwest, moving to the Suncoast of Florida opened up the opportunity to serve in Christian aviation.
Her heart is in service and giving, so it is her joy to come alongside our faithful donors as we support the work of the Saints. To God be the Glory!
In her spare time she enjoys good books, walks on the beach, spending time with family and occupying the passenger seat on road trips.
Abby Duncan graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor’s in Communication & Culture and Journalism.
She is excited and passionate about communicating what God is doing in and through Agape Flights.
She enjoys serving with her husband in the middle school ministry at their home church, Bayside Community Church, in Bradenton, FL, and playing with their baby boy, Braxton.
Greg was born and raised near Dayton, Ohio. He earned his Airframe and Powerplant Technician ratings while attending a joint vocational school/high school, and went on to earn an associates degree in Aviation Maintenance Technology. Greg has eleven years of aviation maintenance experience, working on aircraft ranging from light pistons to large corporate jets.
He is passionate about using his God-given gifts and abilities to serve the Lord by maintaining Agape’s aircraft to highest of safety standards.
Some of his interests include flying (he is a private pilot as well), scuba diving and playing the bass guitar for his church’s worship team. Greg has been married to his wife Sierra since June 2013, and the two have no children apart from their beloved dog, Macy.
Growing up as an Air Force “brat”, Jeff always loved to be around planes and wanted to be a fighter pilot. His need for glasses prevented that, but God had other plans. Halfway through his studies at Liberty University, God opened the doors for Jeff to study at Moody Aviation. He completed the program at Moody in 2001, earning his commercial pilot license and A&P certificate.
Jeff worked for two years as a flight instructor before he and his wife, Crystal, followed the call to join Agape. They have been with Agape since February of 2004.
Steve began flying at the early age of 16. He has spent 42 years in commercial aviation including air cargo transport, on demand air taxi operations, air ambulance and as a corporate pilot for his own former business. He now owns and operates an air touring operation in Louisville, Kentucky with an open cockpit biplane.
Steve has always had a passion for using his flying skills to serve God and is now living that dream by volunteering his time as a missionary pilot. Steve and his wife reside in both Fort Myers, Fla., and Louisville, Ky. Steve has been involved with Agape Flights since March 2008.
Doug grew up in Ohio and attended Hesston College. It was here that he earned his pilot’s license and where every landing is a crosswind landing. After receiving his B.A. in business administration from Goshen College in Indiana, Doug worked in commercial lending before he and his wife felt they were called to the mission field.
They served in Haiti and Belle Glade, Fla., for three years. Doug is now owner of Graber Associates, a regional sales office that sells church furniture for the Sauder Company. Doug began volunteer piloting for Agape in 2004 and holds commercial, multi and instrument ratings.
Volunteer Pilot & Mechanic
Aaron works daily towards being a simple servant. Before serving at Agape, Aaron worked for Walmart Logistics in all areas; including safety and compliance. He has been flying on and off since 1989, and received his commercial pilot training while flying for Continental Connection. His mechanic background comes from serving as an F-14 mechanic in the U.S. Navy.
Originally from Guyana, S.A., Aaron now resides with his wife, Shannon, in Port Charlotte. He serves and supports our missionaries because of “the years of often tedious work they put into each area, and their daily impact to precious lives.”
ROD & JANET ALDRICH
Rod and Janet owned and operated a dairy farm in central New York for 30 years. Since 2000, they have taken four short-term mission trips to Haiti.
In 2008, Rod and Janet felt God’s call to full-time missionary work. They sold their cows and joined Agape as staff in October 2011 as Volunteer Coordinators.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Steve Koch, chair
Koch Corporation, former owner
Kyle Henson, vice chair
Realtor, Coldwell Banker Res R.E.
Kimberly McCallum, secretary
Vice president, human resources and marketing,
Department of the Interior Federal Credit Union Venice, Fla.
Charlie Thompson, treasurer
Captain, Federal Express;
Lt. Col. U.S. Air Force/Air National Guard, retired
FAA Operations Inspector, Retired
Lt. Col. USAF/AF Reserve, Retired
Nokomis, FL and Minnetonka, MN
Captain, United Airlines, retired
Mansfield, Ohio and Venice, Fla.
Critical Care Registered Nurse
Dentist/Partner Palmetto Dental Center
Teacher/Coach, Sarasota County Schools