Aviation Missionaries

Missionary Support Code: 07995Z

Gail Z. Quigg is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church, and is assigned, along with her husband, Steve, to church aviation ministries. After 20 years of service in Africa, Gail and Steve are now based in the United States and travel widely in support of aviation ministries around the world.

Gail has served the aviation ministry in a variety of ways, serving as bookkeeper, radio operator, teacher, and flight coordinator. She has also provided extensive Bible instruction in a range of settings. She continues her multiple roles as the aviation ministry moves into new phases.

Gail earned a degree in secondary education from Asbury College in Wilmore, Kentucky. She has also completed course work at Asbury Theological Seminary in Bible teaching and cross-cultural lifestyles for families. However, Gail attributes most of her “practical education” to her 20 years of living and working in Africa.

Gail and her husband Steve began their missionary careers in 1979 in the small village of Bambur, Nigeria, where they worked with Air Muri, the aviation branch of the Nigerian United Methodist Church. Their next assignment was in the Democratic Republic of the Congo working with "Wings of Caring," the flight ministry of the Central Congo Annual Conference. Reflecting on her time in the Congo, which included two evacuations and being away from their Kananga base for two years, Gail says, "The goal for the aviation program was to support the work and growth of the church. By filling in where needed, I could do my part in helping the system work smoothly. Regardless of the gifts that God gives us, there are ways to use those gifts in mission."

Gail and Steve are the parents of two daughters, Heather and Kathy, both of whom were born in Nigeria.

Gail Quigg is available for Covenant Relationship support in Susquehanna Annual Conference, Greater New Jersey Annual Conference, Peninsula/Delaware Annual Conference, South Georgia Annual Conference, Western Pennsylvania Annual Conference.

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Missionary Support Code: 07994Z

Stephen Paul Quigg is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church. After 20 years of aviation service in Africa, Stephen and his wife Gail, also a missionary, are now based in the United States; they travel widely in support of aviation ministries around the world.

Stephen is currently serving as the coordinator of Global Ministries-related aviation ministries, providing technical and logistical support to the United Methodist aviation programs in the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Africa, and other areas. After having worked in those programs for two decades, he is now uniquely positioned to provide essential support to the central conference staff that operates the air services.

Additionally, Steve is assigned to work with Mission Safety International (MSI, see www.msisafety.org), an extensive, worldwide program, including UM Aviation Ministries (see www.UMAviationMinistries.org). His role is to provide safety services, including training, consultation, accident investigation, continuing education, and safety publications. All of these are designed to ensure that flying is safe and secure. Preventing one serious accident can save lives, and save an organization over a million dollars in direct and indirect costs. MSI's work helps provide more success and efficiency, and less tragedy in the lives of those who fly to serve in the name of Jesus Christ.

Steve earned a degree in aviation and electrical engineering technologies from LeTourneau College (now University) in Longview, Texas. He completed advanced flight and maintenance training at Moody Aviation, Spokane, Washington. He studied cross-cultural ministries at Asbury Theological Seminary in Kentucky, aviation accident investigation training with the US National Transportation Safety Board, and security training with World Vision. He is a licensed commercial pilot, a certified flight instructor, and an Airframe and Powerplant mechanic.

Steve and Gail began their missionary careers in 1979 in the small village of Bambur, Nigeria, where they worked with Air Muri, the aviation branch of the Nigerian United Methodist Church. The Quiggs were later assigned to the "Wings of Caring" flight ministry of the Central Congo Annual Conference, where Steve served as a pilot and the director of maintenance.

Steve and Gail are the parents of two grown daughters, Heather and Kathy, both of whom were born in Nigeria.

Stephen Paul Quigg is available for Covenant Relationship support in Susquehanna Annual Conference, Greater New Jersey Annual Conference, Peninsula/Delaware Annual Conference, South Georgia Annual Conference, Western Pennsylvania Annual Conference.

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