Keith Franklin
Refuge 139 Director
Keith has been with Wycliffe since 2012 and now serves as the Director of Refuge 139. He graduated from Bryan College in 1985 with a degree in Bible. He went on to work with Youth for Christ, Ridge Haven Camp and Conference Center, and Providence Presbyterian Church. As the Director of Refuge 139, Keith is responsible to help provide youth retreats for MKs (Missionary Kids) all over the globe. He has more than 30 years of ministry experience which have been a perfect prelude to his current position.
Nancy Dillingham
Lead Curriculum Coordinator
Nancy Dillingham has been a Wycliffe member since 2009 and now serves with Refuge 139 as the Lead Curriculum Coordinator. She graduated from Washington Bible College in 1983 and holds a degree in Elementary Education and in Biblical Studies. Over the past 30 years she has taught in both public and private school settings, home-schooled her daughter and has helped to develop curriculum on various academic and spiritual topics. She is excited about her role with Refuge 139 as we strive to encourage families through meaningful childcare in a variety of locations worldwide.
Elizabeth Franklin
Administrative Assistant
Elizabeth is the wife of Keith Franklin, and the mother of four sons. Currently, her duties include purchasing and shipping of supplies for the MK program for each trip as well as navigating each trip participant through the Child Safety portion of the application process. Elizabeth graduated from Bryan College with a BS in Elementary Education and a certificate in Special Education. Her passion is living her life to the glory of God and seeking to reflect His character in the way she serves. It is with great joy and excitement that she has joined the Refuge 139 Team.
Shelly Lyons
Associate Director of Refuge 139
Shelly has been with Wycliffe Canada since 2007 and has served in a variety of roles in Canada: Manager of the Atlantic Wycliffe Centre, Associate Director of Training, Coordinator of both Wycliffe Canada’s orientation and re-entry programs, and National Director of Mobilization. She holds a BA in Organization Management and a Master of Adult Education degree. Although she has had many different roles since joining Wycliffe, one of her greatest highlights was helping to design Wycliffe Canada’s re-entry program and facilitating its teen program for four years. She has a great passion to serve MKs and their families and is excited that she will be actively involved in doing this in her role with Refuge 139.
Doug Dillingham
Engagement Coordinator
Doug Dillingham has been a Wycliffe member since 2009. Doug holds undergrad and graduate engineering degrees from VA Tech, but after working in private industry for 30 years, he and his wife Nancy answered the call to be part of the Bible translation movement. Initially managing SIL's IT project management office serving the global IT needs of Wycliffe Bible Translators, he now splits his time between managing projects for Wycliffe USA HR and promoting this exciting ministry to the local church and partner organizations. Doug is committed to missionary care and desires to see our missionary families thrive in the field, and as such, accomplish the work God has called them to do. He wants to see every missionary kid (MK) reach their full potential in Christ. Doug and Nancy have one daughter.
Linda Byrd
Curriculum Writer
Linda’s faith journey and career path have been shaped by a passion for mission and children, camping ministry and God’s creation. Significant milestones have included an Interdisciplinary B.S. in Christian Camping from George Fox University, a year long internship at Camp Forest Springs, a Master’s degree in Leisure and Environmental Resource Administration from George Williams College of Aurora University, directing Oregon Camp Cherith for Pioneer Clubs for fifteen years, teaching as an Outdoor School Field Instructor, and becoming a Wycliffe member in 2016. Linda served with Global Outreach Group for five years ministering with Christian Camping International Jamaica and Latin America. She has led Creation Celebration training in Jamaica, Trinidad, Panama, Mexico, and Croatia. A life-long camper, Linda enjoys using her God-given creativity to develop curriculum designed to engage MK’s in discovering their purpose and potential in Christ.