John and Nancy Hook are Mission Aviation Fellowship missionaries serving in the Mobilization Department at the Nampa, Idaho, headquarters.
In 1975, the Hooks began their missionary service as a pilot family in Indonesia. After flying 14 years out of various interior bases there, they spent one year flying in Haiti. In 1996, John and Nancy were assigned to MAF headquarters, located in California at the time, as part of the Flight Department staff. John enjoyed working with newly appointed pilots, preparing them for overseas flight assignments. The Hooks’ years of field service have proven to be an invaluable asset to them as they continue to minister Stateside in a variety of ways.
In 2003, John transitioned to mobilizing pilots as the need for more and more pilots continued to increase in MAF's worldwide programs. Since that time, John has continued to serve as an MAF Mobilizer. He visits universities and churches as well as makes individual contacts in his efforts to mobilize full-time staff members. John interviews prospective missionaries and leads them through the entire application process.
John came to know the Lord as his personal Savior as a teenager. His early years of growing up in Xenia, Ohio, gave him a good foundation for going off to college and the Army. By the time John was 19 he was on his way to Vietnam, where he worked with a helicopter crew. After his military career was completed, John attended Grace College in Winona Lake, Indiana, where he met Nancy Black.
Nancy was born into a long time family of farmers in Gosport, Indiana. Through the godly witness of her mother, Esther Black, and various faithful Sunday school teachers, she came to accept Jesus as her Savior at a young age. Her missionary-minded brother, David Black, was a strong influence on Nancy, which led her to committing her life to the Lord's service by the time she was 12 years old. Along with John, they both realized God would use them as a "united team" to spend their lives serving Him. They married in May 1972 and left for Indonesia in 1976. Over time their "family team" expanded to include Elisabeth, Estee, Stephen, and Thomas! Today they also have a son-in-law, Kurt, daughter-in-law, Almaria, and two grandsons, Austin and Destan.
In preparation for the mission field, John studied aviation technology at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and Western Pacific University, where he earned a B.S. degree. He holds ratings for commercial and instrument pilot's licenses, airline transport for fixed-wing aircraft and helicopter, certified flight instructor, ground instructor, and an airframe and power plant certificate (aircraft mechanic license).
Nancy graduated from Daytona Beach State College with an A.A. degree in Education before going to Indonesia. In 1998, she graduated from Crafton Hills College in California, with an A.A. degree in Liberal Studies.
God calls the men and women of MAF to serve Him in unique ways. He may also be calling you to a special role in the Hooks’ ministry. Please prayerfully consider becoming a Ministry Partner with them through prayer and/or financial support.