Altum Institute Missionaries at Annunciation Heights!

“And Jesus said to Simon, ‘Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.'”  – Luke 5:4

Missionary Team 2020-2021

Meet the crew that does it all – teach outdoor ed, lead retreats, clean our facilities, help prepare meals, and they give of themselves in countless other ways. They truly are the heart and soul of Annunciation Heights, and we’re abundantly grateful for their phenomenal service.  Please see the individual missionary bios below to get to know each of them better!

Eric Frederick

Second Year Missionary

Eric is from Wayne, PA, which is outside of Philadelphia. Some of his favorite things include chocolate, climbing, and the Philadelphia Eagles. He also loves reading, playing the drums, and backpacking. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland.

Eric’s favorite part of Scripture:
The Book of Hosea

Eric’s favorite quote:
What you do matters – but not much. What you are matters tremendously. – Catherine Doherty

Josie Riedell

Missionary

Josie hails from the land that raised Ashton Kutcher and boasts more pigs than people-good ol’ “Hawkeye Iowa”. She enjoys generously dispersing hugs upon all, singing loudly, looking for birds, creating art and eating avocados and potatoes in any form. Quote a line from The Office or Parks and Rec to Josie and you’ll have a friend for life. She’ll be spending her mission year buried in books, playing with kids, climbing the mountains, and basking in Jesus’ love.

Josie’s favorite Bible story:
When Jesus asks Peter thrice: do you love me?

Josie’s favorite quote:
“Do not shine so that others can see you; shine so that through you others can see Him.” – CS Lewis

Alicia Paddock

Second Year Missionary

Alicia is a farm kid from a small town in NorCal.  She loves to teach and serve in God’s beautiful creation. In addition, she enjoys doing anything outdoors, especially hiking and soccer, and she loves working with animals, playing with kids, and reading books.

Alicia’s favorite Bible story:
The Parable of the Good Samaritan

Alicia’s favorite quote:
“What you are is God’s gift to you. What you become is your gift to God.” -Hans Urs von Balthasar

Journey Lee

Missionary

Journey joins us from the “breadbasket of the world”, aka Kansas, coming from a small town in the northwest corner called St. Francis. She’s a graduate from Benedictine College with degrees in Theology and Evangelization/Catechetics (Go Ravens!). She is a big lover of sharing in the joy of Christ, all things adventure, and playing any kind of games! Some of her favorite activities are rock climbing, hackie sack, spike ball, and writing poetry! 

Journey’s favorite Bible story:
Mary and Martha (Luke 10:38-42)

Journey’s favorite quote:
“Love changes everything so fill the world with it.” – Kid President 

Rebecca Haven

Second Year Missionary

Rebecca is from the small town of Strasburg, CO.  After graduating from Machebeuf High School in Denver, she went to Franciscan University of Steubenville where she played volleyball and studied Theology and Catechetics.  By the grace of God, she now belongs at Annunciation Heights, where she gets to serve the Lord in a community that she loves, surrounded by the beauty of creation!

Becca’s favorite part of Scripture:
John 20:24-29

Becca’s favorite quote:
It’s impossible said pride. It’s risky said experience. It’s pointless said reason. Give it a try whispered the heart.

Trisha Thien

Missionary

Trisha comes to the Rocky Mountains from the small town of Fort Recovery, Ohio. As a recent college graduate from Ball State University (Chirp Chirp!), she is beyond excited to encounter God’s beautiful creation, the awesome campers, and as many moose as she can find. You can most often find her listening to classic rock or movie soundtracks with a book, camera, or a piece of pizza in her hand.

Trisha’s favorite Bible story:
Jesus Walking on Water

Trisha’s favorite quote:
“Not all treasure is silver and gold, mate.” – Captain Jack Sparrow

Jacques Claparols

Missionary

Jacques Claparols is a passionate, evangelist and athletic fundamentals instructor. He brings vast experience in the hospitality service industry, and relational ministry in religious formation.

Before coming to Annunciation Heights he has been instructing as an adapted-physical education coach while working on the weekends as a club-soccer official, and also working in various ministries at St Frances of Rome in Wildomar, Ca.

A graduate of John Paul the Great Catholic University in San Diego, Ca, Jacques is a lover and seeker of wisdom as an aspiring theologian, apologist and orator. Acquiring his namesake from Jacques Costeau himself, he has also acquired Costeau’s immense love of creation, and life as an advanced open-water scuba diver and avid aquarist. He is ecstatic to align his passions with the mission of the Altum Institute!

Jacques’ favorite Bible story:
Luke 15:11-32 – The Prodigal Son Parable

Jacques’ favorite quote:
“We are not the sum of our weaknesses and failures, we are the sum of the Father’s love for us and our real capacity to become the image of His Son Jesus.” – Pope John Paul II