As we get closer to our Fall 2018 eSwatini Mission Trip, we thought it would be fun slowly introduce everyone to you all. The whole team is as follows. In no particular order, our fearless leaders: Derek Oldert and Brian Watson. Then we have: Erin McAdams and Zack McAdams, Lori Wilson, Danielle Rankin, Brandi Dohman, Chaliece Masters, Shelli Johnson, Greg Hughes, John Erdmann, Alyssa Gale, and Stephanie Benson.
Once a week for the next few weeks leading up to our Fall trip we will be posting a couple bios about each team member so you can get to know us better. This week we have Lori Wilson and Greg Hughes.
Lori Lyn Wilson has lived in Salt Lake Valley most of her life. When she graduated from high school she chose cosmetology as her profession and has been in the industry for nearly 40 years, managing several salons and cosmetology schools. She has even owned and operated her own salon.
Lori raised 3 children, a son and 2 daughters. In April 2001 she married David Wilson, which added 3 more sons and another daughter. Together, God has blessed them with 16 grandchildren and 1 great-granddaughter with another one due in October.
Lori has always loved the mountains and being outdoors. She likes boating, camping, and waterskiing with friends and family during the summer. When she was younger she spent her winters on snow skis.
Lori was raised in the Catholic Church where she learned about Jesus and began her lifelong search to know and follow Him. On May 7th, 1989, she chose to give her life and heart to God and was Born Again. Lori has a passion and love for people of all ages, especially children. Her driving force, however, is her faith in God and her love for the people He places in her life. Her heart’s prayer is to witness God’s salvation and healing power in as many people as possible in her lifetime. Lori’s life has been one adventure after another and she is sure she will keep it that way as long as God is willing.
Greg and his wife Sandy have been involved with the Capital community for about 8 years. They have been married for 35 years and have one child, Adam, who lives with his wife Heidi in Washington D.C. Greg recently retired from University of Utah Human Resources, where he coordinated staff recruitment and worked with the local community on recruitment outreach efforts. Sandy works at the U as Director of Budget.
Growing up in Southern California, Greg used to surf and still likes to check the conditions through the Surfline webcams. He enjoys coffee at any time of the day or night, and fellowships with a group of Capital Church men over breakfast on Saturday mornings. A highlight of Greg’s week is Sunday morning when he joins volunteers in serving coffee and breakfast to homeless/street people in downtown Salt Lake through Calvary Baptist Church’s “Fill the Pot” ministry. This provides an opportunity to engage and sometimes pray for and with people.
This is Greg’s first mission trip, and he is looking forward to serving with our Christian brothers and sisters on the ground in Swaziland/eSwatini.