Darren Lea was born in Cape Town, South Africa and received his education from Maxwell Adventist Academy in Kenya. His work experience has taken him to Africa, Australia, London and the United States. Through this experience he has worked in a microlight factory as an aircraft mechanic apprentice, learned to make wooden microlight propellers, has worked in the wood industry, manufactured furniture, been a mission pilot and flight instructor in Chad, and did campus maintenance for Wildwood Lifestyle Center and Hospital.
As far as aviation, he received his private pilot’s license in South Africa, his instrument rating and commercial pilot’s license in Chattanooga, Tennessee, his CFI at Andrews University in Michigan, and his CFII in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He has built his own propeller carving machine and developed a manufacturing process for it, as well as designed, built and flew a backpack powered paramotor. He enjoys running (has completed 4 ultra-marathons), and hiking in nature.
His wife, Joanne, was born in Adelaide, South Africa. She studied at Heidelberg College and graduated with a B.A. in Communications and a BBA in Accounting. After college she taught English and Bible in South Korea for a few years before attending Wildwood College of Health Evangelism. After completing this course she worked at the lifestyle center as a lifestyle counselor.
Once Darren and Joanne were married, they spent about one year in Chad, Africa doing mission work. She enjoys mountain climbing, playing musical instruments, reading and gardening. Their first child is due late December, 2015. They are in the process of being deployed to Guyana.
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