As vice president of personnel, Gene Jordan oversees MAF staff recruitment and non-technical training, employee benefits and services, volunteers, and management of MAF’s U.S. buildings.
Gene is a lifetime missionary. He grew up as a "missionary kid" in Quito, Ecuador, where his parents served with HCJB World Radio, a short-wave missionary radio station. About the time he was three years old, Gene flew with Nate Saint to the jungle where Gene's father provided music for evangelistic meetings. Says Gene, “I am extremely thankful for my family. It was around the dinner table, following family devotions, that I gave my heart to the Lord. It was growing up in Ecuador that defined my desire to be a missionary.”
After graduation from Moody Bible Institute's flight program, Gene briefly worked for a Florida aviation company before joining MAF in 1977. Gene and his wife, Lynn, were assigned to the MAF program in Shell, Ecuador, where Gene served as pilot, mechanic, base manager, chief pilot, and Ecuador program manager. Over the years he also filled several strategic management roles, including South America chief pilot, South America area manager, and Latin America regional director.
In 2000, Gene was asked to relocate to MAF headquarters in the U.S. to become MAF’s director of communication, sharing the MAF story with individuals and churches. In 2002 he became vice president of personnel, a position eventually renamed vice president of human resources. Gene says that it has been exciting to see God build His church in the Amazon jungle, and he enjoys the challenge of preparing pilots, mechanics, teachers, computer whizzes, and administrators to reach those areas of the world that have not yet heard the Good News.
Gene and Lynn have two grown daughters.