Craig and Ruth Goodman, and their daughter, Julianne, are missionaries with Mission Aviation Fellowship serving at the U.S. Headquarters in Nampa, Idaho. Craig, a maintenance specialist, is the Turbine Engine Coordinator. He primarily answers turbine aircraft related questions from the field programs, coordinates turbine engine overhauls and major maintenance, and evaluates turbine aircraft maintenance procedures and makes recommendations for improvement. Craig shares, "Even though I sometimes miss being in Indonesia, from headquarters I can have an even broader influence on the operations and safety of our turbine aircraft fleet."
Craig was born in Elkhart, Indiana, and moved to Nogales, Arizona, in his teens. God used the influence and witness of faithful friends, as well as a rock-climbing incident, to bring Craig to a saving knowledge of Christ Jesus at age 24. Craig was introduced to missions by a missionary couple from his church – Ruth’s parents. They took a special interest in him and encouraged him to attend a Christian college. Craig enrolled in Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Illinois, and majored in Mission Aviation Technology from Moody Aviation in Elizabethton, TN. Craig holds a private pilot's license and an airframe and powerplant mechanic's license.
Ruth was born in Denver, Colorado. When she was two her family moved to Nogales, Arizona, where her parents served for 38 years as career missionaries with Conservative Baptist Home Mission Society (now Missions Door). She says, "I accepted Christ when I was six years old, in my father's study. I had heard the Gospel clearly through a vacation Bible school ministry and realized I needed a Savior." Through the godly influence of her parents, her interest in missions started as a young child and God continued to develop that interest over the years. She earned a diploma in Sacred Music from Moody Bible Institute, a B.S. in Christian Education/Music from Southwestern Bible College, and a Master's Degree in Church Music from Western Conservative Baptist Seminary. She has worked as a music teacher for over 15 years. Ruth and Craig met in 1975, and married in 1996.
While maintaining a loving Christian home for her family, Ruth ministers especially in the area of hospitality. She also provides child care for children of families who are in Nampa for MAF's candidacy and orientation programs, and welcomes traveling MAF staff, as well as other friends, who may need a guest room.
To fund the worldwide ministry of MAF, God is faithful in providing generous ministry support from His people. He has called the men and women of MAF to serve Him in a unique way.
He is also calling people like you to play a special role in the ministry of MAF around the world. You are invited to become a ministry partner with Craig and Ruth.