Our Missionary Apprentices:
Tsau Maggard has been with us from class one, day one of our Teen Flight Program when he was 13 years old. He currently heads up our Safety Department and has earned his Private Pilot’s Certificate through the program. Tsau is an apprentice with our Missionary Airframe and Powerplant School and continues to work towards his FAA certification. He graduated from Florida Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science in Human Factors and Safety. Tsau keeps quite busy. In his spare time, he assists with the Young Adult Ministry at Calvary Chapel in Merritt Island, leads a weekly Bible Study when he was for teens at Wings of Grace, and helps lead worship with Life on Missions Church, all while attending a Bible class through Aspire with Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary on the campus of First Baptist Church Melbourne. Tsau accepted the Lord as Savior when he as 19 years old and became interested in missions work shortly after in June of 2017. He would like to be involved in Missions Aviation either as a pilot or an Airframe and Powerplant certified mechanic, wherever the Lord places him.
Kaleb Schaffer joined Wings of Grace in September of 2018. Currently he is enrolled as an apprentice with our Missionary Airframe and Powerplant School gaining valuable hands on experience working on airplanes, as he works towards his FAA certification. Kaleb was homeschooled and graduated in 2019. He is taking a Bible class through Aspire with Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary on the campus of First Baptist Church Melbourne. Kaleb accepted the Lord as his Savior when he was 7 years old and the call into Missions Aviation when he was 18 years old in early 2019. While Kaleb is open to wherever God takes him in Missions Aviation, he is hoping God keeps him serving with Wings of Grace Ministries. When Kaleb is not pursuing his calling, you might find him fishing or enjoying his rifle.
Kelli Salter joined Wings of Grace when she was 13. She Soloed on her 16th birthday and is on track to earning her Private Pilot’s license when she turns 17. She is an apprentice in the Missionary Airframe and Powerplant School gaining hands on experience fixing airplanes while working towards her FAA certification. Kelli accepted the call to Missions Aviation when she was 14 and desires to have her instrument rating, Commercial endorsement, and CFI endorsement by the time she graduates high school in 2021. Kelli is home-schooled and is an athlete with Eau Gallie High School in the sports of cross country, track and field, and basketball. She is taking a Bible class through Aspire with South Eastern through a First Baptist Church Melbourne. Kelli accepted the Lord as Savior when she was 6 years old and is a die-hard Alabama Roll-Tide fan.
Meet Rest of the Team:
Phil Shirley is our Transformations Director. His role is to train and oversee student volunteers in repairing and maintaining the homes in our low-income housing program. Phil has been involved in youth ministry for the last 35 years in a variety of roles including volunteer, Youth Pastor, Ministry Leader, and Missions director and has a heart for reaching students with the Gospel. He enjoys building relationships with students by teaching them not only hands on skills but valuable life lessons. It is through these experiences he is able to incorporate Biblical principles into not only the work they are doing but how they interact with others. Phil and his family moved to Florida in 2017 from Illinois (Go Cubs) with a desire to be used by God here on the Space Coast. He has been married to Andra for 21 years and they have 2 sons.
Ed Davis is the Director of Grace Flights International (GFI) for Wings of Grace (WoG) and oversees the missionary flight department. He started serving with Wings of Grace in 2014, and currently serves as captain of the C-310, as an advanced flight instructor, and is currently preparing GFI to pursue FAA on-demand air charter certification. Ed is married to Kim and has two daughters (17 and 16). He was born and raised in Pensacola, Florida. He came to faith in Jesus Christ during Vacation Bible School at Myrtle Grove Baptist Church when he was 9 years old. He worked as a full-time professional flight instructor in Pensacola, Florida from 1986-1988. From 1988-2001 Ed worked for an Orlando based air courier service called Flight Express Inc. During this time, He served as Line Pilot in the Piper PA-30, Cessna 210 and B-55/58 Barron. He helped develop the dispatch office at Flight Express and served as Chief Pilot for several years. In 2001, Ed resigned from Flight express with over 15,000 hours flight time logged to follow God’s calling into full-time ministry. Ed holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Biblical Studies from Luther Rice Bible College and a Master of Divinity with Biblical Languages from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has served as pastor to churches in North Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. Along with his duties as with WoG, Ed serves as pastor of a house church that uses WoG facilities. God has brought Ed and his family on a full circle journey, starting in aviation, then vocational pastoral ministry and now as a missionary pilot with WoG. Ed truly believes that God answered a prayer in placing him in this position with WoG. He is now able to fully utilize all of his gifts and skills for the Lord’s Kingdom work.
Mark Marti is happily married to Emily and currently they have no children. He graduated from Liberty University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Criminal Justice, and has a Theology Certificate from Word of Life Bible Institute. With 1600 hours of flight time, Mark has his Private, Instrument, and Commercial ratings, Multi-engine endorsement, and Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) rating. Currently he is working on his Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) rating. He has received all his training through Wings of Grace, from not knowing a thing about aviation to being the lead instructor. Currently, Mark is a missionary who is a full-time instructor with Wings of Grace teaching young mission minded teens about aviation who hope of going in the mission field. He has had some amazing opportunities in his life; which he credits God with, one specifically was when God blessed him with the opportunity to fly airplanes. When he is not flying airplanes, you might find him fishing somewhere.
Tom Schutte started working with Wings of Grace as a Property Manager in September of 2019. He is married to Eula and they have 4 children (1 teen and 3 grown adults). Tom accepted Christ as his personal Savior at age 9. After serving our country in the Navy for 10 years, he entered Property Management in 1985. He has been a Real Estate Broker since 1992. Tom manages 35 units which provided about 12,000 nights of affordable housing in 2019. He offers our tenants the opportunity to follow a path to home ownership and guides them through this process.
Sefanti Adkins affectionately known as “Sefi” lives in Palm Bay, FL and originally is from Ethiopia. She is married to Antoine and has three grown children. Sefi accepted Jesus Christ as her Savior and Lord in her teens and is passionate to see youth experience the Love of God. She joined Wings of Grace as a Chaplin in 2016 to help with the ministry through prayers. She has a BS in Chemistry and Biology from Bangalore University in India, a Diploma of Christian Theology from International Miracle Institute in Pensacola Florida, was ordained as a Minster of the Gospel by IMI, and Certificate of Christian Counseling from the American Association of Christian Counselling (AACC). Sefi is involved in street evangelism, children’s church and facilitated different prayer groups and Bible studies at different churches, and conducted worship and intercessory prayer conferences.
Tanya Salter lives in Palm Bay, FL and joined Wings of Grace as the Office Manager in November of 2020. She holds a BA from Daemen College in Psychology with an area Study in Human School and a MA from Liberty University in Counseling. Tanya is married to Perry and they have two daughters and together the family has been involved with ministry since 1998. She has managed group homes, a foster care program, provided counseling for many, and been involved with various ministries both as a pastor’s wife and as a servant. She accepted the Lord as Savior when she was 7 years old and began serving the Lord through the local church in her young adulthood years. Early in her marriage, Tanya and Perry became obedient to the call of God on their lives and committed to having a “tent” mentality in their service to God. They told God they would do whatever He wanted, wherever He chose them to serve knowing this might mean not living in any one place for a long time. This began a life of adventure for them, serving as “fill in ministry” for some larger congregations and eventually more permanent type service in small rural churches. Perry and Tanya also served for several years in a multi-housing ministry. Tanya is a self-published author who enjoys writing and horses in her spare time.
Nikki Hurst is the bookkeeper for Wings of Grace. Even though she grew up in the church, she was 16 when she accepted Christ on a youth trip in North Carolina. She attended the University of Miami Frost School of Music for Music Education before realizing her calling lay elsewhere. She is happily married to Shawn and when she’s not at Wings of Grace, she’s building her business as a nail technician.
Angelia Bell lives in Melbourne, FL and is married to Dwight Bell (Founder of Wings of Grace Ministries). They have 3 grown sons, 1 daughter-in-love, and 3 grandsons. Angelia co-founded Wings of Grace with Dwight nearly 10 years ago and has been the Director of Music Ministry for the past 2 years. She is a seasoned professional pianist and vocalist with a highlight of her musical career performing as a house pianist for The Mar-a-Lago Club; Donald Trump’s prestigious private club, in Palm Beach (1996-2000) and (2005-2007). Angelia has recorded many albums, and 2 original albums (available at AngeliaOnLine.com). She holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Brenau College and is a vocal coach, piano instructor, songwriter, co-writer, worship leader, and performer. Angelia became a Christian when she was about 10 years old and by her late teens and early adulthood she was a hurting wayward child of God. Being all too familiar with women’s issues of abandonment, abuse, obesity, eating disorders, and death she called out to her Lord who was patiently waiting for her heart to return so He could heal her at age 27. When Angelia is not busy with a ladies Bible study, mentoring a teen, teaching a music class, performing, or reaching out to a resident, you might find her enjoying a ride with the love of her life on his “Copper Chopper” helicopter or on the back of his motorcycle. Angelia is called to share the Gospel of Jesus to the world through song.
Dwight Bell and his wife Angelia founded the ministry in 2010. After spending many fruitless years seeking fame and fortune, Dwight met Jesus and entered the Kingdom of God. After reflecting on his life, he realized that he started making bad decisions in his early teen years. If Dwight had known and embraced Christian principles early in life he would have saved himself and a lot of other people a lot of grief. He believed that God was calling him to work with teenagers, especially teens who would never set foot in a church. The question then became: How do you connect with teenagers? That answer came in 2006 when Dwight became a helicopter pilot and he made the connection between safe flying principles and techniques to living life abundantly. Dwight spent most of his pre-ministry career in the title insurance industry and real estate investments. The thrill of wheeling and dealing in business has been replaced by seeing Wings of Grace students achieve their full God-given potential.