Christian Friends of Korea
Rob was born in Richmond, VA to missionaries to South Korea, where he was raised until his graduation from Korea Christian Academy in 1969 before moving back to the US to attend Berea College in Kentucky. In 1976, Rob started his own building company (Robinson Builder, Inc.) and later joined CFK in 2004. He serves as Board Chairman and as technical team leader for all CFK-lead trips.
Dr. John Aksers made several visits to North Korea in the early 90's in preparation for the visits led by Dr. Billy Graham in 1992 and 1994. Dr Akers served as a special assistant to Dr. Graham and continues to serve on a variety of other boards and committees.
Kay Rader is the former World President of Women's Organizations for the Salvation Army. She and her husband, General Paul Rader, served as missionaries to South Korea for 22 years and as international leaders of Salvation Army from 1994 to 1999. Kay holds an honorary doctorate from Greenville College, Roberts Wesleyan College, and Asbury Theological Seminary and has served on CFK's board since 2002.
Steve is a lawyer practicing in Asheville, NC. He is a founding board member of CFK and has made several visits to the DPRK with CFK confirming teams since 1997. Steve and his wife Fran (who has also visited the DPRK) have two sons, Ben and Bill. Ben is a horticultural expert who has also made multiple visits to teh DPRK as part of the CFK's greenhouse technical team.
Sissel has served on CFK's board since 2000. Born and raised as a daughter of missionary physicians to South Korea, Sissel feels very close to the Korean people and longs for them to know Jesus Christ. She attended UNC School of Medicine completing her degree in 1990 and has practiced in Asheville since 1997. Sissel makes regular visits to the DPRK with CFK to assist with the hepatitis B program.
Fred is a child and grandchild of Presbyterian missionaries to China and South Korea. He was born and raised in the ROK and has a strong desire to share God's love to those in need on the Korean peninsula. Fred currently works a public health physician and administers in rural North Carolina.
Liana graduated from Loma Linda University School of Dentistry. She worked as a missionary dentist for some time in Trinidad, Tobago, and spent 6 years working in Guam before moving to Asheville. Liana has made several visits to the DPRK with CFK.
Bill is the son of United Methodist missionaries and spent his early life in Korea and the Philippines. He received a doctorate in ministry from Lexington Theological Seminary and currently serves as Pastor of Southern Hills UMC in Lexington, KY. Bill has been married to his wife Sharon for 42 years. Together, they have two children and four grandchildren.
Rick is a semi-retired electrical engineer residing in Blacksburg, VA with his wife Andie. Along with their children, they have been involved with short term missions for many years. Rick began traveling to the DPRK in 2007 with World Vision to assist in developing water systems using solar powered pumps. Rick has served in water design projects and participated on several technical visits with CFK.
Yeri previously worked as program coordinator for World Vision's DPRK office and was posted in Pyongyang for 9 months on a large scale emergency food assistance program. Her experience with the DPRK also includes conducting academic research, coordinating a Track-II conference, and participating in the New York Philharmonic's 2007 performance in Pyongyang as a tour manager. Yeri graduated Cum Laude from Yale University and received her Master of Pacific and International Affairs from University of California San Diego.
Tom was born in South Korea, where he grew up to Presbyterian missionaries. Tom worked in the semiconductor industry until 2015, when he retired from Intel Corporation. He now does software consulting and iOS app development. Tom has a BA from Calbin College, an MSEE from Stanford University, and a PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Texas in Austin. Tom and his wife Ruth live in San Jose, CA.
John the child and grandchild of evangelical, educational and medical missionaries in Korea and China. He returned to the United States at the age of 17 and completed his college education at Eckerd College. After a 38-year career in the shipping industry, John began participating in medically oriented trips to South Sudan and in 2017 made his first visit, as part of the technical team, to the DPRK. John serves his church as an elder and participates in discipleship training, children’s Sunday School and church planting activities. John joined the CFK board in 2017.
Heidi has worked with CFK since its founding in 1995 and began serving as Executive Director in 2002. She holds a MA from New York University and a BA from the University of Washington. Heidi and her husband, Andrew Linton (co-founder), reside in North Carolina, along with their three children and grandchild. Heidi regularly leads CFK teams and visits to the DPRK to confirm delivery of all shipments and engage in technical projects.
Terry began working with CFK in 2004 as office assistant, later becoming program coordinator. She manages finances, coordinates shipments, and attains many other responsibilities. Terry, along with her husband Jim, help with landscaping around the office and loading containers sent from our warehouse. She has participated on several CFK delegations to the DPRK and makes visits to assist with the hepatitis B program.
Mary Nan lived in Asia for most of her childhood, as her parents were missionaries. After returning to the US, she attended UNC of Asheville and Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary in Mill Valley, CA. She has been with CFK since March 2013.