A 13,000 Mile Journey on a Mission

August 18, 2015

Nikki and Jonathan Heimbach traveled from North Carolina to Guam this week to begin their new positions as Dean of Student Development and Residence Manager, respectively, at Pacific Islands University. Their family includes two year-old Malachi and nine month-old Titus. The family will reside on the PIU campus in Mangilao. The Heimbachs previously served as student leaders at Cornerstone Fellowship Church in Forest City, North Carolina. They will support PIU’s resident and commuter community by addressing the students’ academic, spiritual, and personal growth and development.

Jonathan’s primary role is in caring for and mentoring the students in the PIU dormitories. The PIU campus residents arrive on Wednesday, August 19 and classes begin on Monday, August 24. Nikki and Jonathan chose to accept the positions at PIU to continue to do God’s work in ways that are similar to what they did in North Carolina. According to Nikki Heimbach,

“Jonathan and I have been so excited to see how God has brought us here to Guam from North Carolina. God has made clear through overwhelming support that we were to come and serve at Pacific Islands University. We are so very excited to meet the students and the rest of the staff and faculty. We will be leading the student development department. We are excited to see God work and grow the students of PIU.”

After a 1:00 AM welcome, filled with music, at the A.B. Won Pat Airport and typical island hospitality, the Heimbachs are settling in and preparing for the students’ arrival. “We have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of the generosity and hospitality of the PIU staff, Faculty and students we have met thus far. We already feel a part of the family here. We are excited to learn more about the various island cultures and diversity represented by the school. It is truly an honor to be part of such a special place here on Guam.”PIU President, David Owen is enthusiastic about the Heimbachs’ backgrounds and the work they will do at PIU. According to President Owen,

“Jonathan and Nikki Heimbach have extensive experience working with youth and young adults and training them for ministry and service to the community. They also have been involved in cross-cultural education in Japan, India and Thailand and are looking forward to teaching, building relationships and mentoring students at PIU.”

For more information, contact Juan Flores at Pacific Islands University (734-1812 or jflores@piu.edu).