Bill and Jan Kilgore

Bill and Jan Kilgore have been serving with Mission Aviation Fellowship since 1988. They began their missionary service as a pilot/mechanic family and headed to Africa with three tiny sons. They lived and worked mainly in Africa and in Haiti for 18 years, and during those years they added six more kids to the family. The Kilgores accepted an assignment on-loan to Moody Aviation in Spokane, WA, in 2005 in the role of flight instructor and are now transitioning to NC where they will be on-loan to Compass Aviation in much the same capacity.

Bill finds great joy as a flight instructor, as nearly half of his 125 students over the past 15 years have completed their training and are now serving as missionary pilots with various ministries across the globe. While Jan has found herself fairly stunned to be down to the last two at home out of nine, she’s looking forward to growing in her role as “Gransy” to their three precious granddaughters.

Bill was born in Frankfurt, Germany, to an Air Force family. Later his family lived in Ohio, Texas, California, and Arizona. Bill received Christ as his personal Savior when he was ten. As a young man, Bill was able to go on two short-term mission trips, one to France and one to Australia. He attended Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, IL, and later Moody Aviation, in Elizabethton, TN, where he graduated with a B.S. in Mission Aviation Technology. Bill has his commercial pilot’s license with instrument, multi engine, and flight instructor ratings. He is also a licensed airframe and powerplant (A&P) mechanic.

Jan was born in Vandalia, IL, and moved later with her family to Kansas and Arizona. She was influenced greatly by her Christian family upbringing, and at the age of ten, Jan believed in Jesus and accepted Christ as her Savior. After high school graduation, she attended Pacific Christian College and Moody Bible Institute.

Bill and Jan met in high school and were married in 1982. The Kilgores' first assignment with MAF was to Zaire, Africa, where Bill flew for the African church and the mission community. In 1991, the family returned to the States for health reasons, and Bill became the assistant to MAF's Africa Regional Manager. The following year, he worked in MAF's technical department, flying with new MAF pilots to prepare them for overseas service. 1993 took the family to Haiti, where Bill led the MAF staff as interim program manager. In Haiti, MAF flies for many mission organizations, medical emergency flights, and community development. From 1994-1996 the family lived and worked in Zaire, Africa, for a second time, and when civil war forced a move from Zaire, the family relocated to Nairobi, Kenya, where Bill continued flying with MAF's European branch. Later he became assistant to the Africa Regional Manager. In 2001, The Kilgores worked in Northeast Africa to establish a 'flying doctor service' with the local ministry of Health.

"Raising our family while working in so many different cultures and languages throughout the years has been a stretching experience for all of us," shares Jan, "but what a challenging and exciting way to live as God has directed us. He has been continually by our side throughout the difficult times, and has given us so many blessings along the way!"

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 Kilgores’ ministry. Please prayerfully consider becoming a Ministry Partner with them through prayer and/or financial support.

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USA, Technical Field Support

The U.S. offices of MAF serve as a hub for MAF services worldwide. A day in the life here includes specialized flight training, staff mobilization and counseling, purchasing and shipping of aircraft parts, finance and accounting, administration of an Internet gateway for worldwide email, fund raising, printing and mailing of various materials, and many, many more activities. Some staff serve around the country; training future pilots and mobilizing potential candidates to serve with MAF.

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