We are excited to introduce the Swaziland 2017 Medical Team from Capital Church!
Karen Otto is excited to be co-leading the second Swaziland medical team for Capital Church. Karen’s background and training is as a biomedical engineer. While she is not a medical professional, she has a strong interest in medicine and has always enjoyed supporting medical efforts, whether as an engineer designing medical devices or supporting medical professionals such as on this trip.
Karen first traveled to Swaziland with Capital in 2012 and was forever changed by the experience. She loves the approach of the ministry to focus on meeting basic needs while showing and teaching God’s love and grace, all with a long-term focus on sustainability and relationship. Karen returned to Swaziland in 2013 and 2014, each time coming back excited by the changes and growth taking place at Mkhomobkati and in the whole ministry in Swaziland. She also got to know her now husband Tyler when they were on the team together in 2013. They got married in 2014 and had a baby in early 2017.
Karen works part time for a medical device company and stays busy keeping up with her son. She has a weakness for chocolate ice cream and likes to brew her own kombucha. Karen also loves being active in the outdoors, including road and mountain biking, snowboarding, running, hiking, and even yard work.
Carol’s professional background is in the field of dentistry as a licensed expanded functions hygienist. She has 15+ years of experience culminating in a role as the executive administrator of 5 clinics covering most of the State of California.
After she and her husband, an OB/GYN began serving on short-term mission trips, they saw a desperate need for medical and dental expertise. Throwing herself fully and faithfully into God’s calling, Carol acquired training for dental extractions, composite restorations and root canals to meet the demand in third world countries. She also spent one year living in France to learn French in preparation for a move to Mali.
Leaving at the peak of their careers in California, the Gililland’s committed to full-time missionary work at Hǒpital Femme et Enfants. During her 4 years in Mali, Carol trained two Malian nationals and set up an operative dental clinic which is still functioning well today. Her humble strength and confidence in Jesus is evident in the ways she fully serves and loves others. Even among these great accomplishments, Carol is most proud of her children, granddaughters and her wonderful husband, John.
I grew up in a small town in northeastern North Dakota and received my BSN from the University of North Dakota. Wanting to go someplace “different” I ended up in Salt Lake for what I thought would probably be a year or so.
I originally worked in the NICU at the University of Utah and currently work for Intermountain Life Flight.
I was a part of the team to Swaziland in 2013, and fell in love with the children, staff and the ministry there in general. This will be my fourth trip to Swaziland but my first opportunity to participate in a medical clinic so I am excited about this new aspect of ministry.
Chaliece is the oldest of three children. She was raised in West Jordan, Utah by a single mother and was Mormon until she was 21 years old. She has always had a passion for helping others. She has been a Licensed Massage Therapist since 2010 and continually does that as part time work. She also loves working with children when she can.
Chaliece went to the Utah College of Massage Therapy and got to do an Internship with the U.S. Speed Skating Team in 2009 as well as with Hale Centre Theatre. She has also volunteered her time to Christian artists that have toured through Utah.
In her downtime Chaliece enjoys hanging out with friends playing ultimate frisbee or catching a baseball game when the Salt Lake Bees are playing. If it is football season, you can find her cheering on her Greenbay Packers. She also enjoy watching movies and has a large movie collection.
Jackie has been attending Capital for the last 9 years since moving to Utah from Oregon to attend college. She graduated from Westminster college in 2012 and had the opportunity to go to Swaziland for the first time during that year. She is so excited to go back to Swaziland with this team, and cannot wait to see all the kids and the Carepoint again. Jackie loves kids and wants to help them know how much God loves them and how they can follow him every day. In her free time, Jackie enjoys game nights, tap dance, a good book, and Indian food. Her favorite verse in the Bible is Isaiah 43:19 (check it out)!
I have been going to Capital for 5 years now. I started attending shortly after my husband passed away.. I am a single mom of 5 kids and I work as a Uber and Lyft Driver.
I’m going to Swaziland because I feel this is where the Lord wants me at this time in my life. Over the last 6 years since my husband passed away I’ve had the opportunity to work with a lot of different cultures and I’ve gained a love for a lot of people from all over the world. I just felt an overwhelming desire to be able to serve some of these people.
I am an outdoor-loving, adventure-seeking, cake-decorating lover of learning, traveling, and Jesus. I grew up in Indiana, ultimately going to undergrad, graduate school, and then medical school in the great Hoosier state. Immediately after completing medical school, I married my best friend (Zack) and moved out West to start the adventure that is Family Medicine residency. During this time of to further train to be a doctor who is well equipped to care for the young and the old. Zack and I are fortunate to have been able to enjoy the beauty of Utah through countless mountain adventures during our time here. Furthermore, we have been so grateful that our long (seemingly endless) drive Westward across Highway 80 nearly 2.5 years ago lead us to the church community that we have found at Capital.
I have always had a fondness for both medicine and service, and from a young age envisioned myself working as a physician on international medical trips. After becoming a Christian through Young Life in high school, I aspired to ultimately have future service experiences be grounded upon the ultimate power of Healing that comes through Christ. Through service trips to Cameroon, the Philippines, and Jamaica, and Swaziland, I have continued to strengthen my desire to connect with the world through international service. I am so honored to be returning to the Mkhombokati Carepoint in Swaziland through Capital to expand medical care and public health education for the Carepoint kids and the missionaries who oversee them. Thank you to all who support Capital, the missionaries who serve there around the clock, and the precious children in Swaziland that I am so excited to see again soon.
My wife Erin and I moved to SLC and were introduced to Capital in May of 2015. My wife (then finance) and I decided early on in 2015 that we wanted to move from Indiana to Utah in order for Erin to attend the Family Medicine Residency program at the University of Utah, and because of our love of the mountains and everything outdoors. We have been attending Capital for a little over two years now and we have been so thankful for the teaching at Capital and for the community that we have found. To this day we are still amazed and thankful that God led us here.
I am an Associate a Lone Peak Valuation Group, a professional services firm located in downtown Salt Lake. My focus at Lone Peak is the calculation of lost profit damages involved in commercial litigation. Prior to this I was the Accounting Manager at a restaurant development company called Four Food Group down in American Fork. You probably have not heard of them, but they build, develop, and keep the books for most of the Kneaders Bakery and Cafés in Utah. The two and a half years before we moved to Utah I worked as an Auditor in Indianapolis at a local CPA firm.
My wife and I first heard about what Capital was doing in Swaziland shortly after we moved to Salt Lake City and were immediately interested due to both our desire to take the Word of God to the nations and our love of traveling. This will be our second trip to Swaziland. We went on the trip last fall and were blessed with the amazing experience of running the first ever medical clinic at the Mkhombokati Carepoint. Erin and I have the privilege of being able to return to Swaziland again this year and continue to build on the relationships that our church has been building for many years now.
We are excited for this adventure and so thankful for everyone who has been praying for and supporting this ministry over the years. Please pray that we may take the saving words of Christ to all of those we connect with while in Swaziland.
Hello friends! My name is Misty! I am the proud mommy of two darling boys, Brighton is 7 and enjoys football, reading and science. Holden is 4 and loves soccer, snuggles, giving “juicy kisses” and making messes.
I have been in the medical field, since I was 16 years old and have been a nurse for about 15 years. I have worked in urgent care, the hospital setting, pediatrics and elder care. I’m currently working as a nurse at a specialized living community for people with Alzheimer’s dementia and other memory care needs.
I began attending Capital in 2016 and was one of the nurses on the first medical mission trip. Once my feet touched the ground in Africa, my perspective was forever changed. I am deeply grateful and profoundly thankful to be a part of not only the Swaziland mission trips, but also to be able to have Capital church in my life on this journey. The joy is in the journey, and I am so very blessed!
Kelly was born and raised in Salt Lake and attended local schools, Olympus High School and the University of Utah.
He enjoys the outdoors, biking, hiking, travel and spending time at his cabin in Midway.
Kelly has been in employed in the mechanical contracting industry his entire adult life and is currently the President of Koch, Inc. He is very excited to serve as a part of the Capital Church Team going to provide health and dental services to the children of Swaziland.
Kelly in an obedient servant to a nine year old chocolate lab named Moose.
I have been attending Capital Church for about two years. I have always had a relationship with Christ and he has never disappointed me, but about three years ago I knew that I needed to find a new church community. After reading about several Christian church communities in the Salt Lake valley I tried Capital Church first and immediately knew that this church community was exactly what I needed.
I was born and raised in Utah and have lived in the Salt Lake valley since 1999. I have worked for a real estate development company in the Salt Lake valley since 2005. I am currently the engineering and construction manager for a large project in Wasatch County. I am fortunate that my job allows me time for recreation in Wasatch and Summit Counties on my way to and from work, mostly mountain biking. And maybe just a little during work too.
My wife Teneil and I met on a blind date in 1999 and have been married for 15 years. Our parents stopped asking when we are going to have kids about three years ago. We enjoy spending time outside, good food, the Utah Symphony, travelling, MotoGP and now we LOVE our Sundays together. Teneil is my biggest Swazi supporter.
I immediately knew I wanted and needed to go server in Swaziland after attending an informational meeting about the 2017 fall trip and hearing the details of Capital Church’s dedication to and long term partnership with the Mkhombokati Care Point. I want to thank the Capital Church staff and Swaziland team leaders for allowing such a new member of the Capital community to participate in this ministry.
I was born June 12, 1954 in Salt Lake City. My parents are Karl and Lillian Page. Our home was in Granger, Utah (West Valley City). I grow up with the love of the mountains and outdoors. My father taught me to ski when I was 7 years old. That would be in 1961. Let’s say ski equipment for children was not the best. It consisted of wood skis, bamboo poles, cable binding and my regular snow boots with the fake fur around the top. Good times.
After high school I attended Utah Technical College (Salt Lake Community College). There I met my husband Larry Andersen. I was going to school and working, as a secretary, at the college when I met this impressive older man (25 years old). We were married July 31, 1976. We just celebrated our 41st year together.
My husband and I moved in 1978 to our current home in Centerville. There we welcomed our two daughters, Emily and Kathryn. Now, that I am older I look back and see how wonderful those days were. Emily is a special education teacher in New York City. She is married to, the best Jersey boy ever, Keith Perkins, also a teacher. Their home is in Verona, New Jersey. I am grandma to their two rambunctious twin toddlers, Colin and Kyle. Kathryn lives in Sandy, Utah and works for Intermountain Healthcare at the Supply Chain Center. Kathryn has a great love for Jesus and has been my mentor on my spiritual journey.
In 1985 I went back to school. I attended Weber State College and graduated with a degree in nursing. My career has opened many doors and I have made lifelong friends. I work for Selecthealth as a nurse auditor.
My life has taken a turn to include the lord. I have come to Capital Church through my daughter Kathryn. My journey continues and I feel there is so much to learn and experience.
I moved back to Salt Lake in 2009 and started coming to Capital Church that same year. I started my consulting practice in 2013. Strategic Development LLC is a company focused on creating meaningful partnerships. The company assists its clients in all facets of business creation and expansion, and provides meaningful and timely relationship management and resources.
Prior to starting Strategic Development LLC, Teri worked for Economic Development Corporation of Utah, and served as Director Strategic Development. Teri was responsible for the IT, Energy, and Aerospace Clusters primarily, and all corporate/membership development for the organization. While there she created over 17,000+ new jobs, added billions in new capital investment for the State, and worked with amazing companies like: eBay, Adobe, Boeing, Exelis, Hexcel and ATK, as well as bringing the largest utility grade solar project to the State. Just before relocating to Utah in 2009, Teri lived in Richmond, Virginia, where she served as President and Founder of Bronte Productions, an in-house consultancy firm specializing in tax credit incentives, real estate development, and business development. Teri has also served as a United States Congressional Liaison Officer, and Operations and Planning Specialist for FEMA, the Education Division Manager for a financial investment firm in Sydney Australia, a Venue Operations Manager for the Sydney Olympic Organizing Committee, for the 2000 Summer Olympic Games, Vice President of Business Development for Dardick Technology, and during college served the State of Utah in Flood Mitigation. Many years ago, she was a professional ice skater and skated in Europe with Katarina Witt for about a year and a half. She has been very fortunate over the years to develop an in-depth knowledge of obtaining venture capital, creating strategic partnerships, and a sound business development approach. She is a graduate of the University of Utah, and has served on Salt Lake City Transportation and Planning Committee, and the Salt Lake County Board of Adjustment. Teri continues her involvement with the Urban Land Institute, where in Richmond, Virginia, she served as a Member of the Executive Committee, and creator of the Young Leader’s Program. She is a Licensed Real Estate Agent, and has successfully completed Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) Financial Analysis training. Teri loves the outdoors and has completed 7 Marathons and 1 Half Ironman.
After her Father passed away in late 2015, Teri realized that life is short, and she started toying around with ideas centered in what creates a life well lived and developed a format she refers to as “Project Joy” – Project Joy is centered around the idea of living your extraordinary life. Showing up as your best self, and being willing to say “yes” when interesting opportunities arise in your life. She firmly believes that the more you do in your life that you love the more things that you love show up. This focus for the last two years has brought amazing life and work experiences that were beyond her imagination, and she believes God has been at the very center of all of it.