Meet the Team​

Allen Speer

Allen Speer

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 six grandchildren.

Allen enjoys golf, fishing, and his grandchildren! 

Carole Lehman

Carole Leman

Chief of Staff

With roots planted in the cornfields of central Illinois, Carole was “transplanted” to Florida’s gulf coast in February, 2008. She joined Agape Flights later that year, and was honored to serve Agape’s gracious and amazing donors for the next 14 years.

With her love of collaboration, background in nonprofit resource development, and program administration, she transitioned to the role of Chief of Staff in October 2022.

Carole is happy to embrace each day with the Agape Flights family God has blessed her with!

Front Desk Reception/Administrative Assistant

Shae Hays

Front Desk Administrative Assistant/Receptionist

As a teenager living in the Middle East, Shae witnessed first-hand the power of the underground church and the move of God’s hand with missions – and a seed for missions was planted in her heart. Through serving in her local church in Tupelo, Mississippi, that seed continued to grow.

In 2017, Shae was blessed to be part of a mission trip for Bible translations to Botswana with Wycliffe Bible Translators. “Through this, I was moved beyond words for the lost in all nations and the desire to serve thrived,” Shae states.

When Shae and her family moved to Florida in June, 2018, God provided Shae the opportunity to serve at Agape Flights. She feels blessed to be serving in a ministry that encompasses the goal of her heart in serving people and sharing the Gospel.

Missionary Services

Brooklynn Graybill

Missionary Services Manager

Growing up as a missionary kid in the middle of Wyoming, Brooklynn’s love for serving God’s people started at an early age. She followed her parents to Pakistan and Indian Reservations as she learned, through a hands on approach, what it takes to be a missionary. By the time she graduated High School, she knew God was calling her into a life of ministry and decided to attend Liberty University for a degree in Global Studies. Although she enjoyed her classes, she felt God was calling her away from a “book education” and followed Him into the world on a missions trip known as The World Race. Over the course of 11 months, she visited over 15 different countries and worked alongside various missions organizations.  Brooklynn believes God calls a special group of people to be “Missionaries to the Missionaries” and as a Agape’s Missionary Services Manager, she is excited to be one of them.

In her spare time, Brooklynn enjoys riding her motorcycle, being on her Church’s worship team, watching movies and being with her family.

Her life verse is Psalm 46:10 “Be Still, and know that I am God! I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”

Bruce Bosco

Cargo Manager/Facilities  (cargo operations)

From his background in healthcare management, to family management, including fostering and adoption, to cargo management, Bruce loves being a part of something bigger than himself.  In 2016, Bruce moved with his wife and one of three children from New Jersey to Florida pursuing a life of passion and a call to ministry.  Starting as a volunteer in Agape’s cargo department, Bruce fell in love with the mission of Agape Flights and soon after God opened the doors for him to become Agape’s full-time Cargo Manager.

In his spare time, Bruce enjoys fitness, reading, beach time, and sports.  He is also blessed with five granddaughters, including twins!

He loves to share with others the Good News that “Christ died for the ungodly” (Romans 5:6).

Financial Sevices

Val Conetta

Val Conetta

Director of Financial Services

Val was born and raised in the Finger Lakes area in upstate NY and came to Florida in 1984.

She comes to Agape with extensive accounting and auditing experience, specializing in non-profit.

Val worked for Agape as the Finance Specialist in 2019 – 2021 and returned to Agape as the Director of Financial Services in 2022. She was happy to return to the Agape family and continue to be part of their mission.

Residing in Venice with her wonderful husband, Anthony, and their Yorkie, Zoe, she enjoys visits with her family and filling her favorite role as “Nana.”

After seeing countless times of God’s faithfulness and protection of herself and her family, she has relied on God’s promise in Romans 8:28 – “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”

Marsha Pavliak

Finance Specialist

Marsha was born and raised in Irwin, a small town in the Pittsburgh area, and came to Florida in 1978.

She has worked over 35 years in the areas of administration and/or accounting in a variety of fields.

Marsha is still excited to be part of the Agape Family and to be serving through such a valuable ministry. Her faith has brought her through many challenges and she continues to live by Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”.

Marsha loves spending her spare time with her 4 grandchildren and is blessed that they all live right here in Florida.

Development

Tim Kenny

Director of Donor Relations & Resource Development

After a varied career in broadcast and digital media, Tim Kenny spent 13 years with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, including seven years as vice-president of media ministries. It was in that
position that he answered the call to work closely with donors, including accepting a key role on the donor development team.

When Tim and his wife, Hettie, felt the call to SW Florida, they prayed for an opportunity to serve the Lord in a new and meaningful way – and that’s where Agape Flights came in. Helping to serve people who are acting as the hands and feel of Jesus in challenging circumstances is what really cemented the call to Agape Flights.

Tim has been a TV weatherman, a radio and TV news reporter, and he’s written for aviation and travel publications. He holds a commercial pilot certificate and has twice been blessed with invitations to fly in the F-16 with the USAF Thunderbirds.

Shelly Watkins

Shelly Watkins

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

Abby Duncan

Communications Manager

Abby graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor’s in Communication & Culture and Journalism.

Whether it is through Flightline, the Agape website, social media, or any other communication platform – she is excited and passionate about sharing what God is doing in and through Agape Flights.

1 Corinthians 16:14 is a life verse for Abby, “Let all that you do be done in love.”

She and her husband love playing with their two children and exploring this beautiful place they call home – Florida!

Shae Hays

Shae Hays

Volunteer Coordinator

As a teenager living in the Middle East, Shae witnessed first-hand the power of the underground church and the move of God’s hand with missions – and a seed for missions was planted in her heart. Through serving in her local church in Tupelo, Mississippi, that seed continued to grow.

In 2017, Shae was blessed to be part of a mission trip for Bible translations to Botswana with Wycliffe Bible Translators. “Through this, I was moved beyond words for the lost in all nations and the desire to serve thrived,” Shae states.

When Shae and her family moved to Florida in June, 2018, God provided Shae the opportunity to serve at Agape Flights.  She feels blessed to be serving in a ministry that encompasses the goal of her heart in serving people and sharing the Gospel.

Flight Operations

Greg Hayman

Greg Haman

Director of Aircraft Operations

Greg was born and raised near Dayton, Ohio. He earned his Airframe and Powerplant Technician ratings while attending a joint vocational school during his high school years and went on to earn an associates degree in Aviation Maintenance Technology. Greg has thirteen years of aviation maintenance experience, working on aircraft ranging from light pistons to large corporate jets, and first started flying in 2009. He has been an Agape staff pilot since October of 2016.

He is passionate about using his God-given gifts and abilities to serve the Lord by maintaining and flying Agape’s aircraft to highest of safety standards.

Some of his interests apart from flying include scuba diving and playing the bass guitar for his church’s worship team. Greg has been married to his wife Sierra since June 2013, the two reside locally with their two boys in Nokomis, Florida.

Chase Linde

Mechanic

Born and raised in Sarasota, Florida, after high school Chase decided he would like to pursue a career in aviation with a focus and direction towards some sort of missions.

After about 12 years, mostly working in general aviation and a 135 operation, God brought him to Agape Flights.

Chase is a private pilot and aspires to finish up his flight ratings and join Agape’s flight crew. He loves being a husband and dad to two daughters and a son.  He’s excited to be a part of the Agape team and to be a useful tool for the Kingdom!

Steve Koch

Volunteer Pilot

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 Graber

Volunteer Pilot

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. 

Board of Directors

Pictured Above (from left to right):

David Yohn, Craig Faulkner, Adrienne McCutcheon, Kyle Henson, Allen Speer (Agape CEO), Bradley Hume, Jim Whitney, Ed Loomis, Charlie Thompson

not pictured: Becky McQuillen

Adrienne McCutcheon, chair
Critical Care Registered Nurse
Osprey, Fla.

David Yohn, vice chair
Owner, iBusinessSolutions
Myakka City, Fla.

Rebecca “Becky” McQuillen, secretary
Teacher/Coach/Independent Sales Rep for Aflac, retired
Bradenton, Fla.

Charlie Thompson, treasurer
Captain, Federal Express, retired
Lt. Col. U.S. Air Force/Air National Guard, retired
Venice, Fla.

Craig Faulkner
Teacher/Coach, Sarasota County Schools
Venice, Fla.

Kyle Henson
Realtor, Coldwell Banker Res R.E.
Bradenton, Fla.

Bradley Hume
Dentist/Partner, Palmetto Dental Center
Palmetto, Fla.

Ed Loomis
FAA Operations Inspector, retired
Lt. Col. USAF/AF Reserve, retired
Nokomis, Fla. and Minnetonka, Minn.

Jim Whitney
Senior VP of Innovation,
Sceptre Hospitality Resources
Nokomis, Fla.

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