Who We Are

Our Mission

We are passionate about supporting missionary families by focusing on offering resources, promoting family unity, and providing programs such as discipleship, mentoring, and education on TCK topics to their children. We do this to promote the health and wholeness of our MKs and their families, so the work of Bible Translation can continue.

Our Core Values

Create a Safe Place for MKs

We will love, listen, encourage, disciple, and mentor them.

Celebrate Missionary and TCK Cultures

We will encourage healthy transitions through seminars, debriefing, and/or consultation, valuing different cultures around the world, and including new arrivals.

Promote Family Unity

We will recognize and augment the God-given responsibility parents have in raising their kids as well as provide opportunities to include the entire family in activities.

Contribute to MKs’ Spiritual Development

We will provide opportunities to study the Word, engage in prayer, worship together, and serve others.

Provide Leadership Opportunities

We will provide opportunities for students to be discipled and mentored in leadership roles to serve others and share the love of Jesus.

Assist Parents and MKs

We will strive to provide resources and opportunities to learn more about MKs/TCKs and their unique challenges and giftings.

Our Staff


Becca Segers

Girls Discipleship Coordinator

Becca serves our team at JAARS as the Girls Discipleship Coordinator. She supports the middle school and high school aged MKs through discipleship and mentoring. In addition she is involved in supporting the Refuge 139 program which runs a high quality VBS type program for MKs living overseas.

Becca grew up as an MK in a sensitive part of East Asia where her family served. After graduating from Indiana Wesleyan in 2012, she followed God’s call to serve and train the next generation of MKs. Becca joined Global Partners in 2013 to help establish their MK program, and has also worked with Cru, Interaction International, and the International Mission Board to care for their MKs. In June 2017, God opened the door for her to serve a larger group of MKs through the ministries at JAARS.


Nathan Leung

Youth Pastor

Nathan serves JAARS youth group as the Middle School Youth Pastor. His focus is working with our high school leadership team to minister to the middle school MKs here at the JAARS center.

Nathan grew up as a TCK (MK) in East Asia where his parents were serving as Christian professionals. After completing his undergraduate out of UC Davis, he earned his MA in Youth Ministry Leadership from Columbia International University. During the summers since 2013 he has had the opportunity to minister to MKs in a variety of contexts through which God has developed and confirmed in him a heart for MKs, particularly those in transition.


Patti Garretson

Director of Third Culture Kids Care and Education

Patti is the Director of TCK Care and Education works in the Human Resources Department, People. The Youth and Young Adult ministry works closely together with those in TCK Care and Education to meet the needs of the entire family. She consults with families with educational needs, oversees Summer Safari and MK Station, and serves as our Child Safety Coordinator.

She and her husband, Dennis, have served with Wycliffe since 1976. Together they have served in Ecuador, Indonesia, and JAARS. Patti has served as a teacher, school administrator, and an adult educator.


Scott Baldwin

Guys Discipleship Coordinator

Scott is serving as the Guys’ Discipleship Coordinator for the JAARS Youth Group which includes building relationships with our male students through one-on-ones and coordinating Bible Studies for the guys to learn and grow in their relationships with one another and with Christ.  In addition to this role, Scott serves at High School Youth Group each week.

He has been a long time supporter of youth and children’s ministry having been serving in the JAARS youth group for 28 years since his daughter was in high school.  He joined the Youth Department in this larger role after retiring from his role as cafeteria manager in the Union County Public Schools.  In addition, he attends Weddington Methodist Church where he has been involved in the youth and children’s ministry for 32 years.


Danielle Townsend

Third Culture Kid Care and Education Fellow

Dani is serving as the TCE fellow in cohort Charlie of the JAARS Fellows program.  Her cohort serves from January until December 2021 in their various roles, and her role as the TCE fellow has her involved with all ages in the Youth Department.  Her main focus now is High School Youth Group, but she is also a substitute teacher at the MK Station and spent the summer of 2021 leading the Summer Safari program.

She has always loved youth and kids ministry as well as missions, so the opportunity to bring those two things together in this role is very exciting for her!  She was born and raised in northern Wisconsin where she spent most of the last eight years serving in seasonal, volunteer ministries with kids and youth before coming to JAARS.


Kate Starr

Third Culture Kid Care and Education Fellow

Kate serves JAARS youth as the TCK Care & Education fellow for Cohort Delta. She supports both the middle school and high school MKs in the ministry teams as they minister to the MKs and other youth here at the JAARS center.

Kate grew up as a TCK (MK) in Cameroon where her parents served with SIL doing Translation Work in a remote region. She completed her time at IUPUI this past May with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Visual Communication Design. During university, Kate served in Cru and Bridges International which God used to confirm her decision to serve here with the MKs at JAARS.