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.
Candi Bunch
MK Program Coordinator
Candi is the MK Program Coordinator at JAARS working with Wycliffe missionary kids (MKs) through discipleship, mentoring relationships, and coordinating different youth programs at JAARS and through the Refuge 139 program. She taught Middle School in the US for 11 years prior to joining Wycliffe in 2008. Later that year, she left for Cameroon, Africa to teach MKs at Rain Forest International School where she fell in love with ministering to them. In 2012, she returned to the US where the Lord redirected her to work with MKs in the youth program at JAARS.
Nancy Dillingham
Lead Curriculum Coordinator
Nancy Dillingham has been a Wycliffe member since 2009 and now serves with Refuge 139 as the Elementary Curriculum Overseer. 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, homeschooled 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.