Van Diest – Gale and Jean – Retired

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Gale: February 5th
Jeanie: August 14th
June 6th, 1952

Gale and Jean met while attending Multnomah School of the Bible in Portland, Oregon. After graduation and marriage, they attended the Summer Institute of Linguistics in Norman, Oklahoma. Then Gale completed the Missionary Medical course at Biola. They arrived in Alaska in 1954 to begin a church-planting ministry in the Athabascan Indian village of Holikachuk. They served twelve years in Holikachuk and then moved to the newly-formed Arctic Bible Institute where Gale taught and was student advisor. Gale was appointed Alaska field director in 1970 and served as general director from 1987 to 1995. They have five grown children, three in Alaska, one in Spain, and one in Mossyrock, Washington. They also have nineteen grandchildren. They are active in ministry in the local community. Gale serves as an elder in their local church and teaches adult SS. They also serve several hours a week with the Assured Hospice. Gale is on the U.S. board of InterAct Ministries.