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Missionary Air Group (MAG) utilizes AIRCRAFT to deliver MEDICAL care, relief, and ministry services to REMOTE people groups - showing genuine COMPASSION, after the example of JESUS.

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Joel and Abrielle Braxton

Joel and Abrielle Braxton

Joel and Abrielle Braxton

The Braxtons are currently in preparation for service at MAG Headquarters in Burlington, NC.

Joel is a 2012 graduate of the Missionary Aviation Technology program at Moody Bible Institute and is an FAA certified Airframe & Powerplant (A&P) mechanic. Abrielle also attended Moody and is a Registered Nurse (RN). They have been preparing for missionary service for several years prior to being accepted for service with MAG, having served in an internship with Proclaim Aviation Ministries and MMS Aviation. In addition to supporting aviation and medical ministry, Joel and Abrielle will be involved in teaching and discipling missionary apprentices and their families who are preparing for service on foreign fields.

blog: Where He Leads

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Donnelly Family

The Donnelly Family
(L to R) Mikaela, Deb, Meghan, Sean

Rev. Sean and Deb Donnelly

The Donnelly family serves in Burlington, NC at MAG Headquarters. As MAG’s President and CEO, Sean manages the day-to-day operations of the ministry here at home as well as development and oversight of all missionary flight operations and ministry partnerships outside the United States. He also helps train missionary pilots for field service. Deb teaches at a nearby Christian school.

Sean is an ordained minister in full-time ministry since 1997. He served as Senior Pastor of two churches before transitioning to full-time missionary service in 2010.

Sean is rated as an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) and Certified Flight Instructor (CFII, MEI, Gold Seal) with over 3500 flight hours.

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Donnelly Family

Sean and Carmen
with children Nathan and Lilliana

Sean and Carmen Garrigan

The Garrigans are currently serving at MAG Headquarters in Burlington, NC.

Sean is a graduate of the Aviation Maintenance Technology program at Miramar College in San Diego and attended San Diego Christian College. Carmen received her B.A. in Spanish from Pepperdine University and went on to Princeton Theological Seminary for her Masters in Divinity. Sean is excited for the opportunity to prepare, train, and mentor Pilot/Mechanics for Kingdom work through aviation. Carmen looks forward to encouraging the apprentice families during their time in Burlington and mobilizing the local church to fulfill the great commission.

Sean is an Instrument Rated Commercial Pilot and Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) and is licensed as an Airframe & Powerplant (A&P) mechanic. Carmen is an ordained Presbyterian Pastor.

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Scott and Jessica Grote

Scott and Jessica Grote
with children J.T., Olivia, Ella,
(and Tricia - not pictured)

Scott and Jessica Grote

The Grote family serves with MAG here in the United States. As Director of Aircraft Maintenance, Scott is responsible for the preparation, maintenance, and inspection of all MAG aircraft whether here in the US or overseas in MAG’s Central America field programs.

Scott completed a missionary aviation maintenance apprenticeship at MMS Aviation in Coshocton, Ohio in 2004 before taking a staff position there as an aircraft maintenance supervisor. That experience carries over to MAG as Scott helps develop Apprenticeships and Mentoring programs to prepare other Pilot/Mechanics for missionary service.

Scott is an Instrument Rated Commercial Pilot and licensed as an Airframe & Powerplant (A&P) mechanic with an Inspection Authorization (IA).

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Paul Jones

Paul Jones

Paul Jones

Paul pioneered the MAG base in the remote Peten region of Northern Guatemala, flying medical evacuations and air ambulance operations while supporting area missionaries.

Paul worked as a regional airline captain and flight instructor prior to graduating from MMS Aviation in Coshocton, Ohio in 2011 where he completed an extensive aircraft maintenance apprenticeship program. Paul is rated as an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) and Certified Flight Instructor (CFII, MEI) with over 8000 flight hours and is licensed as an Airframe & Powerplant (A&P) mechanic.

blog: His Hangar

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Wiles Family

Carlos and Shirley Paz

Rev. Carlos and Shirley Paz

Carlos serves MAG as Director of Pastoral Ministries with responsibility for evangelism, discipleship, education, translation, and pastoral care in conjunction with MAG field programs in Honduras and Guatemala. This vital role also extends to MAG staff, field missionaries, and apprentices going through our various training programs. Carlos is also currently serving as interim country director in Honduras.

From their “home-base” in southern New Hampshire, Carlos and Shirley share a stateside role in “Church Partnership Development”, recruiting churches, individuals, and teams in support of MAG ministry goals at home and abroad.

Carlos began serving in full-time pastoral ministry in 1985, prior to completing his graduate studies at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary in 1986

blog: CARLOSYCRISTO

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Ben and Lauren Powell

Powell family

Ben and Lauren Powell

The Powells are currently in preparation for deployment to the MAG Guatemala program.

Following his graduation from the Missionary Aviation Technology program at Moody Bible Institute, Ben worked internationally as a First Officer (FO) and aircraft mechanic for a commercial aviation operator. This experience, along with growing up in Peru as the son of a missionary Nurse, has prepared him for his role as a pilot/mechanic in MAG’s Guatemala Air Ambulance program. Lauren, with a degree in Global Education, lived and taught for a year in Ecuador. Ben and Lauren are excited about not only using aviation to support medical ministry but also being involved together in personal ministry as they encourage and disciple believers among the remote people groups of northern Guatemala.

Ben is an Instrument Rated Commercial Pilot and licensed as an Airframe & Powerplant (A&P) mechanic with over 1500 flight hours.

blog: Powell Family Post

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Steve and Alace Straw

Steve and Alace Straw

Steve and Alace Straw

Steve is MAG Chief Pilot and Gabon Country Director- a program the Straw's founded in 2008. The Straw's have also served interim roles with SIL-Cameroon as aviation program manager and dorm house parents. Steve is a 9,000 hour pilot, an ordained pastor with the Christian & Missionary Alliance, a '93 graduate of LeTourneau University, and has completed advance training with MAF and JAARS.

Alace serves as the Member Care Coordinator for MAG, helping to care for the mental, emotional, and spiritual needs of the MAG staff. She is continuing her professional education in Member Care Ministry at Liberty University (Psychology) and through specialized training at JAARS as a "Cross Cultural Integration" trainer.

blog: Arrivals and Departures
Alace's blog: A Life Less Comfortable

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Westley and Denise Wiles

Westley and Denise Wiles

Westley and Denise Wiles

The Wiles pioneered the MAG mission base in the village of Rus Rus, in the remote Mosquito region of Eastern Honduras. Wes served in many roles from pilot/mechanic, facility manager, and administrator of the Rus Rus hospital. Denise was "hostess with the mostess", taking care of many visitors as well as flight following tasks for the airplane. The Wiles are enjoying a sabbatical year, visiting many friends, family, and supporters.

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