Both Bud & Lois grew up in Christian families and were led to Christ by a parent at a young age. They both attended the same Christian camp.
In 1983, they answered the call to go to Cameroon where Bud served as the youth director of the Cameroon Baptist Convention. Two years later, both he and Lois were teaching at Cameroon Baptist Theological Seminary. Their third son, Jon, was born their second year in Cameroon.
Because of family health issues, they returned back to North America where Bud served as a pastor for NAB churches in North Dakota, then on staff as the associate director of missions for NAB, then Burlington, ON, and Gig Harbor, WA, where their fourth son, Joe, was born.