Steve and Katie Machell

Steve and Katie Machell

Steve grew up in West London and attended Methodist and Anglican churches as a child. At 17, he made a personal commitment to the Lord at an Easter Bible Camp. That same year he gained a pilot’s licence thanks to an RAF flying scholarship. 

After university, Steve took a gap year with Africa Inland Mission in their aviation department (AIM AIR) in Kenya. This was a life-changing year and Steve has been sold on mission and mission aviation ever since. 

Nevertheless, on returning to the UK, the path to mission service and flying didn’t materialise and he trained as a patent attorney, working in the telecoms industry as a lawyer for seven years. 

Katie grew up in North London and attended the Pathfinder group at the local Anglican Church. Thanks to the faithful witness and clear teaching of the leader, she accepted Christ in her early teens. 

After A-levels, Katie took a gap year as a volunteer teacher with AIM in Kenya. This was a real turning point and God clearly called her to full-time mission work. 

Katie returned to the UK and took a theology degree, following by midwifery training. The two met at a young people’s conference and married the following year.

In 1999, they headed to All Nations Christian College, then returned to Africa with AIM, first in a creative access nation and then with AIM AIR in Nairobi, where Steve served as Finance Manager. 

At the end of 2007, the Lord spoke to Steve about furthering his flying skills so he could serve as a mission pilot. They are now on the threshold of returning to Kenya with MAF.

The whole family is excited about returning to Africa; Ethan was born in Nairobi and both Jack and Toby have fond memories of their school there. 

Mission Aviation Fellowship

Castle Hill Avenue, FOLKESTONE, CT20 2TN UK, Tel: 01303 852 819

Registered Charity Number 1064598 (England & Wales) and SC039107 (Scotland)

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