Staff In the United States
Will Funk has a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from Biola University and currently works as a contracts manager at Northrop Grumman Corporation where he coordinates directly with end customers to negotiate and administer the formation and change of contracts. Will is an active member at Life Covenant Church. He has twice served on the church’s Vision Team (2008-2011 and 2013-present). Will and his wife Deanne have been married for 11 years. They have two children, Travis (5) and Sadie (4). In his free time he enjoys surfing, reading, and binge-watching the Bachelor (just kidding). Actually, Homeland is his favorite show.
Dallas Taft has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from California State University, Long Beach. He presently works as an application engineer at PolyWorks USA where he provides software sales, training, and client technical support. He and his wife Lisa have been married for 11 years. In his free time he enjoys spear fishing, lobster diving, surfing stand-up paddle boarding, working out, and playing video games.
Tony Gervase has a Bachelor of Science degree in Newspaper Journalism from California State University, Long Beach. He is currently a third-grade teacher at Taper Avenue Elementary in San Pedro. Now in his 17th year as a teacher, he has taught grades 1-5. He also teaches Sunday school at Life Covenant Church, where he also serves on the church’s Vision Team (2015-present). In his free time, Tony enjoys kickboxing, blogging, reading, watching sports, and hanging out with his American bulldog, Peetey.
Staff In Mozambique
Alex and Melanie Viana are two of Life for Mozambique’s founding members. In the fall of 2015 they moved to Mozambique to support our local ministries there. The Vianas are currently tackling intensive language learning courses in the capitol city of Maputo. Their goal is to transition to city of Beira by the end of 2016. There they will provide instruction to pastors and leaders in the areas of theology, Bible, and leadership training; as well as raise up vocational and self-sustainment opportunities for individuals and our two orphanages. In doing so, they are supporting our churches, ministries, and the local communities in ways that maintain dignity and provide a way forward for the country of Mozambique.
Alex and Melanie have been married for 19 years and each possess over two decades of local church leadership and ministry experience. Having run his own business for 29 years, Alex brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to their daily work in Mozambique. Additionally, Melanie has a Masters of Arts in Theology degree Fuller Theological Seminary. In 2009, they adopted their seven-year-old twin sons, Joshua and Joseph. The boys own the biggest smiles and hearts in the eastern hemisphere and are attending school in Maputo. They are also working on perfecting their light saber sound effects. In their free time, Melanie likes to sew and quilt, while Alex enjoys watching Portuguese TV shows to assist with his language acquisition.
Antonio Boisse Quipa
Antonio Boisse Quipa is the Administrative Assistant at the Melanie Center in Beira, Mozambique. He first joined the Life for Mozambique team in 2014 as a translator. He speaks English and Portuguese, as well as two local Mozambican languages, Sena and Ndau. Boisse, as he is known by, manages much of the business and financial duties pertaining to the self-sustainment projects at the Melanie Center. He also oversees the on-site staff and he spends a great deal of time helping and teaching the children who live at the Melanie Center. Boisse, 28, has been married for five years. He and his wife Ines, have three children: Naydee, Shelton, and Leta.
John and Maria Jone are Life for Mozambique’s quarterbacks. As seminary trained pastors they bring decades of experience working with pastors and caring for the poor to our ministry. They began their careers working as church planters and pastors in the provinces of Manica, Tete, and Zambezia from 1992 to 2002. From 2003-2006 they worked as coordinators in the Church Development Program for World Relief. Whle with World Relief, Maria directed the Ministry of Women and John was in charge of coordinating with the churches and providing training for pastors in the central areas of Mozambique. From 2006-2007, John and Maria worked for an American NGO called Food for the Hungry. In this capacity, John continued to help and train pastors and Maria developed and organized the women’s ministry. Since 2007, John and Maria have been spearheading the church-planting movement, overseeing the operations of both Melanie Centers, pastoring the local church at the Melanie Center, and managing the two self-sustainment projects in Beira. John and Maria have been married since 1981. They have four grown children and 10 grand children.