Carmen began her missionary career with her husband Don in Indonesia. Appointed by CBFMS in 1969, they served in the jungles of Kalimantan Barat, where Carmen was a Bible translator and teacher until 1990.
After a brief stint in the Philippines (92-95), they returned to the States and began working with international students. Carmen has been part of Portland, Oregon’s FOCUS (Friends of Overseas Citizens and University Students) since 1996.
After working on the Portland State campus for several years, Carmen was asked to join the leadership of ACMI, a global network for Christians involved with international students and scholars. She served as the Interim Director from 2011-2014 and continues to work alongside ACMI staff in order to concentrate on the global vision of reaching international students for Christ.
Working together with other national ISM leaders, Carmen is now a member of the Lausanne ISM Strategy Group, focusing on preparing internationals to face a world of increasingly intense persecution against Christians because of their faith. When the COVID pandemic started, she and her colleagues began doing much of their ministry online where travel restrictions cannot stop their work.
Carmen was faculty at the WorldView Center (now Culture Bound) in Portland, a school specializing in training cross-cultural missionaries. She taught writing at Multnomah University from 1999-2006, and more recently taught “Church Leadership and Diversity.” She resides in Hillsboro, OR and is a Bible teacher at her home church, First Baptist.
Born in California, Carmen has known the Lord since early childhood. Before the age of10, she was called toward missions and Bible translation when missionaries visited her church. God confirmed the call through the years, and with missions in mind she graduated from Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon.
Carmen and Don married in 1963 and served together until 2000, when Don retired. They enjoyed ten grandchildren added to the family before Don joined his Savior in August 2020 after contracting COVID.
B.A. in Spanish from Pacific University, Forest Grove, OR
M.A. in Exegetical Theology from Western Seminary
M.A. and Th.M. from Western Seminary
CBFMS is now World Venture, with headquarters in Englewood, CO.
ACMI = The Association of Christians Ministering among Internationals
ISM = International Student Ministry