Michael & Cayla Boettcher
Michael is originally from Minnesota, however growing up as a missionary kid, where you are from is often a relative term. Michael is married to Cayla (Persons) and they have 3 children: Alissa (6/12/07), Titus, and Eli. They currently make their home in the community of Soldotna, Alaska.
When he was a young boy, Michael's parents were missionaries in a remote part of Bolivia. It was here that Michael saw just how important missionary aviation could be. At times he would see the mission plane from Wings of Peace fly over his family's house and drop their mail and much needed vehicle parts for the family's Toyota Land Cruiser. He and his Bolivian friends would have a competition and see who could catch the mail (not the vehicle parts!) before it hit the ground. Even at this early age Michael started feeling the Lord pulling him towards missions.
In was during middle school that Michael felt a definite call to missionary aviation. The Boettcher family had moved back to Minnesota and a missionary pilot and his wife came to share about how aircraft were a tremendous ministry tool in remote parts of the world. It was on this day that Michael felt the Lord leading him to serve as a missionary pilot.
Michael started working towards being a missionary pilot. He earned his pilots' license at age 17. After high school he attended Crown College, a Bible school in Southern Minnesota. It was here that he earned a BA in Intercultural Studies (missions degree) and met his beautiful wife to be, Cayla.\
In August of 2003, Michael and Cayla were married. Michael still had one year of his college degree to finish and Cayla was in the process of going to school to be a Registered Nurse. Both Michael and Cayla knew that God had called both of them to the mission field and they both worked hard to get there.
In 2007 Michael had finished his instrument and commercial pilot's certificates and Cayla had finished her RN degree. Michael was working on getting his Airframe and Powerplant Aircraft Maintenance Certificates at Southeast Technical College when they received information that there was a Bible camp in remote Western Alaska that desperately needed a pilot and camp nurse. They sold their house, packed up their belongings, and moved to Alaska to be missionaries and answer the Lord's call. After serving with Kako Retreat Center for a year and a half, Michael and Cayla moved to Soldotna to serve with Missionary Aviation Repair Center.
Michael serves as a pilot and mechanic at MARC. Cayla is kept very busy with their three small children. Michael and Cayla are very excited to see the work that God is doing in Alaska. They also feel privileged to be a part of the ministry at Missionary Aviation Repair Center.