Matthew and Sherry Baumgardner
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Matthew is from Oregon, USA, and joined his first maritime ministry deployment to Mexico in 1987. He holds his United States Coast Guard Merchant Mariners credentials and is passionate about training the next generation who desire to serve in ship ministry. He has served on board multiple ministry vessels in many nations and is currently on board the MV Koha in the South Pacific.
Sherry is from the UK and her journey into full-time ministry began in 1997 after a trip to Madagascar. She met Matthew while working on board a ministry vessel that served in Central America. Serving MAST Global through program support, she holds her MA in Intercultural Ministry Leadership, with a vision for missions strategy coaching.
They have six children, aged 23 to 12, and live in Texas, USA. Their fourth son Dominic recently went to his eternal home, at the age of 17.
MAST Global was established in 2016 as a direct response to the need for a focused training program that serves by informing and engaging crew members in the basics of onboard safety, in addition to the fundamentals of seamanship for those involved with deck operations of the vessel. Our goal is to prepare crew and trainees with the skill set to carry them to whichever ministry vessel they will serve aboard in the future. By training proficient mariners, the vessels in the fleet will continue to provide essential services and increase their reach globally.
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