About Us

Above is our happy family of four enjoying some of our favorite things: the cottage we built at John’s mom’s, backpacking, exploring sites in the City (this happens to be the Palace of Fine Arts in SF), tidepools at the beach (and tennis shoes), surfing, and sunsets.

And now some details about each of us, in our own words:

John                         OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Up until college I had made my home in the San Francisco Bay Area – primarily San Mateo. Attending UC Davis did stretch my horizons some; however, getting better acquainted with Jesus and eventually my wife, Kristin, endure as my best education. In fact, these relationships define and drive all that I do.

Marriage quickly followed graduation which was then followed by church internships (Oakland, CA) then seminary (MA) then wonderful kids, then full-time youth ministry.

Life is hardly predictable, though, and over the last dozen years I have been a teacher, a carpenter, and an electrician. But take all the tools and training, I will never be more successful or satisfied than when I am depending more and more on God. This sharpens me as father, husband, friend, son, brother, teacher, servant, leader, disciple, even a sailor.

So it is not without some nervous excitement that we intentionally surrender more and more of our lives into His care, but we do it that we might have Life and have it more abundantly.



                                Kristin                    OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Wife, mom, follower of Jesus, daughter, sister, teacher, student, leader, follower – all are labels that define me in some way or another. A song I’ve always enjoyed by the Basics has the lyrics  “I was made for this, I was made for this, you can love what you do and see who you’re made into.” That’s sums up how I feel about being the first three things on my list.  I love being who God is making me into, as a wife, mom, and follower of Him.

It’s not always glamorous – between the laundry, dishes, homeschooling the kiddos, making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for John’s work lunches, grocery shopping, Costco runs, doing the bills, (the list goes on…) life keeps me running yet always fulfilled.

I look forward to seeing how our routines will change with our impending departure into the great unknown. I am most thankful, though, that to my God, the great unknown is known, and His hand is always on us, leading and guiding and making us into who He wants us to be.  🙂


                             Toby                                OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

My name is Tobiah Gilbert. I am 17, Christian, and a homeschooling high school senior. I am interested in many things such as sailing, marine biology, ornithology, bird watching, surfing, playing board games, flying kites, reading, and much more. While my sister Karis is more of the “artsy fartsy” type, I tend to be more likely to enjoy more active past times. One of my favorite Bible verses is Micah 7:7. I am really excited to see what God has planned for us on this amazing trip!


                                           Karis                       OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Hi! My name is Karis, I am fourteen years old, a homeschooled sophomore, and I live on a boat! Yep, it’s pretty cool. Anyway, I love Jesus, my family, reading, nearly anything artsy, movies, sailing, the outdoors, bird-watching, stand-up- paddleboarding, and so many other things that I’m not putting down. Here is a rough list of favorites, color: blue; food: BLT’s; books: C. S. Lewis’s space trilogy, The Silmarillion, Okay for Now, and The Inheritance Cycle; and movies: Slumdog Millionaire (tough, but so good!) and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. I really haven’t lived long enough to write anything else that is worthwhile. 😉