Born in England, Richard accepted Christ at a summer camp during a year his family spent living in Ottawa. His family moved to Canada in 1978, and it was in the summer of 1982 that Richard felt called to become a missionary. In 1990, combining his desire to serve with his passion for aviation, Richard completed his flight training at Trinity Western University in Langley, British Columbia.
Jennifer was raised in Saint John, New Brunswick, and gave her life to Christ at the age of seven. She studied music and Christian education. In 1987, Jennifer had the opportunity to experience a short-term missions trip. From that time on, her interest in serving the Lord overseas steadily increased.
Richard and Jennifer met while they were both attending Bethany Bible College (Kingswood University) in Sussex, New Brunswick. They were married in 1989 and have three grown children, Samantha (Brent); Matthew (Echo); and Nathaniel (Brianne).
From 1999 until 2016, the Marples faithfully served as MAF missionaries in Papua New Guinea. Today, they continue to minister with MAF at Prairie Aviation Training Centre (PATC) in Three Hills, AB where they are training up future generations of missionary pilots.
Please prayerfully consider partnering with Richard and Jennifer Marples as they continue to serve with MAF at PATC.