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

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!

Ellen Seta

Missionary

Ellen joins us all the way from Cincinnati, OH (Go Reds!). She is a recent graduate of Ave Maria University (Go Gyrenes!), where she earned a degree in Philosophy. When she’s not positively impacting the lives of young people, Ellen enjoys hiking, writing, reading, and spending quality time with quality people.

Ellen’s favorite Bible story:
The wedding feast at Cana

Ellen’s favorite quote:
“The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it.” -Flannery O’Connor

Taylor Wilkinson

Missionary

Taylor is a recent graduate of the Franciscan University of Steubenville (Go Baron’s!). She originally hails from the seaside town of Pensacola, the westernmost city in the Florida panhandle (according to Wikipedia). Taylor loves playing in the snow, going to concerts, and rooting on the Utah Jazz. When she was a kid, Taylor wanted to be a snowman.

Taylor’s favorite Bible story:
Joseph’s coat of many colors

Taylor’s favorite quote:
“I really love peace and quiet.” -Barry Sanders

Thomas Wilkinson

Missionary

Thomas joins us all the way from Pensacola, a city which has a population of 51,923 (according to the 2010 census). Thomas recently earned a degree in Theology from the Franciscan University of Steubenville (Go Baron’s!). Thomas is a massive fan of Jesus, Catholicism, and the New Orleans Saints (Go Brees!). If Thomas could be the patron saint of anything, he’d be the patron of the Saints.

Thomas’ favorite Bible story:
The Passion

Thomas’ favorite quote:
“I needed New Orleans so badly back in 2006, just somebody to believe in me, somebody to care about me.” -Drew Brees

Rebecca Haven

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 Bible story:
Queen Esther

Becca’s favorite quote:
“Life with Christ is a wonderful adventure!” – Pope St. John Paul II

Dan Kelley

Missionary

Dan joins us from Colorado’s Front Range towns of Centennial and Fort Collins. Dan grew up backpacking in the Colorado wilderness and studied Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology at Colorado State University. Among his passions are bluegrass music, coffee, and making scripture appear relevant to middle school boys.

Dan’s favorite Bible story:
The call of Moses

Dan’s favorite quote:
“It seems to me most strange that men should fear, seeing that death, a necessary end, will come when it will come.” ― William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar

Alicia Paddock

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

Ruth Berning

Missionary

Born and raised in southwest Wisconsin, Ruth is a Midwest girl at heart with a love for home and a thirst for adventure. She recently graduated from Loras College with a degree in Social Work and has big dreams to encounter others in their humanity and bring to light all of the beautiful ways that they are fully loved and fully known. She is an aspiring doodler, an amateur Spikeball athlete, and a firm believer that laughter truly is the best medicine. 

Ruth’s favorite Bible story:
Jesus raising Jairus’ daughter from the dead (Mark 5:21-43)

Ruth’s favorite quote:
“Nothing is more practical than finding God, than falling in Love in a quite absolute, final way. What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination, will affect everything …. fall in love, stay in love, and it will decide everything.” Fr. Pedro Arrupe, SJ 

Elijah Owen

Missionary

Elijah is a recent graduate from the Augustine Institute in Denver but is originally from northwest Indiana. On camp he serves as a Missionary Tutor, acting both as camp teacher as well as instructor for the JPII Outdoor Lab. His favorite activities definitely include strenuous exercise, reading biblical Greek, and having joyful memories with my wife, Liz, and baby son, Francis.

Elijah’s favorite Bible story:
The Prodigal Son in Luke 15, encapsulating the trite love of a Father for His children. 

Elijah’s favorite quote:
Jesus’ last words: “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!” (Luke 23:46)

Liz Owen

Missionary

Liz grew up in Freedom, Wisconsin loving to run and bike. She moved to Indiana to study theology and ministry and run cross country and track at Valparaiso University, where she met her husband. She and Elijah moved to Colorado, where she developed a love for making coffee AND a love for the Church (because Eli attended the Augustine Institute and she worked at the coffee shop there!). She and Elijah recently had their first child, a boy named Francis, and they love hiking in the mountains with him! 

Liz’s favorite Bible story:
The Book of Tobit

Liz’s favorite quote:
“All the love you give away returns to fill your heart each day” -from a picture in her mom’s kitchen 

Eric Frederick

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 Bible story:
The Transfiguration

Eric’s favorite quote:
There is more in us than we know. If we could be made to see it; perhaps, for the rest of our lives we will be unwilling to settle for less.