Wonder Voyage Staff
The Wonder Voyage directors capture the essence of pilgrimage. They are outstanding travel guides, passionate spiritual directors, accomplished individuals in their own right and they have logged hundreds of pilgrimage hours with Wonder Voyage. A WV Director will not only lead your group with all of their heart and soul; they will become a part of your community.
After a decade working in parish youth ministry Shawn started Wonder Voyage Missions. Over the last 15 years, WVM has led thousands of pilgrims to over forty countries. Shawn is a storyteller and an award winning filmmaker. He is an author who brings the gift of engaging narrative to our journeys. Shawn is dedicated to creating voyages that give people abundant opportunities to encounter God.
Sr. Voyage Coordinator
After graduating with a dual degree in History and Sociology, Molly became a youth minister in the Episcopal Church. She joined the staff of WV in 2003. As Voyage Coordinator, she adds the nuts and bolts to our itineraries. She is dedicated to bringing the gospel to life through pilgrimage. As an encounter expert, Molly can find the story of God anywhere and everywhere.
While studying abroad in London, Brittany was able to see the world with new eyes. She returned to the States determined to learn all she could about how God reveals Himself to His people through art, history and culture. It is her desire to share God’s love with pilgrims as they experience Him with new eyes of their own. Brittany instills a passion for exploration and adventure on every voyage.
Ken brings his 25+ years of business and pastoral experience to the Wonder Voyage team. His passion is missions, leadership development, and team-based ministry. He serves to steward the dreams of individuals and organizations. Ken is both a Voyage Director and a long-standing board member.
Eric came to Wonder Voyage with a passion for people. He has worked with the poor, orphaned and displaced in 15+ nations. With years of pastoral, mission, and liturgical experience, Eric has been invaluable in the creation meaningful service based mission trips around the globe. A Wonder Voyage with Eric is a chance to witness unending energy, joy and spiritual passion.
Brent started his journey with Wonder Voyage while serving as a youth minister on a trip with his church. He now leads summer trips while working full time in the corporate world. As a board member and voyage director, Brent always encourages us to seek adventure, take risks and become a part of a good story.
Cheryl is a business administrator extraordinaire. Years of office management experience and a love for seeing a staff grow in strength has trained Cheryl for this challenging experience. If you have a question about paperwork, payments or billing give Cheryl a call. She is the wife of Wonder Voyage director, Shawn Small.
Mike had just graduated from high school when he embarked on his first pilgrimage with Wonder Voyage. Though it took five years to reconnect with Shawn, Mike remembered his encounter with God in Ireland and wanted others to have the same experience. This has given Mike a special perspective on leading trips, which he does with flair.
Jason was one of the three brave souls to join us on our first pilgrimages to Ireland in 2000, making him the longest standing staff member of Wonder Voyage. Though Jason spearheads the huge responsibility of our web site, his greatest love is the adventure of traveling around the world and serving those who are in need. Jason’s specialty is easing groups into the travel experience.
Adult Journeys Director
A passion for exploration of both the world and her faith brought Laurel to Wonder Voyage. She is a Transitional Deacon in the Episcopal Church and anticipates being ordained to the Priesthood in January of 2019. Along with serving in the church, Laurel owns an event management and consulting business in Los Angeles. She is a Certified Spiritual Director, and feeds her soul through traveling, biking and singing!
John is one of our European Directors who lives in Ireland at the Ferry House Retreat Centre. John has been a part of Wonder Voyage from the beginning and has years of experience in both adventure and Celtic Christianity voyages. Active ministry in the Irish church for four decades allows him to both inspire and encourage the groups that travel with him. To travel with John is to know laughter, community and communion.
After getting a taste of adventure on a Wonder Voyage trip in 2003, Georgia left her teaching and young adult leadership positions to pursue a life of servanthood on pilgrimage. She has been leading trips domestically and abroad since 2004. Her heart for “the least of these” is where she feels most connected to God’s kingdom. She brings her knack for attention to detail and love for Christ to every trip.
Jamie has been involved with Wonder Voyage since her years in youth ministry over a decade ago. Though she has led Wonder Voyage trips, her focus is serving as the Legacy Director. Jamie loves uniting Wonder Voyage supporters with opportunities to give to our service partners around the world.
As a youth pastor, Michael embarked on one of our first voyages. Since that trip, he went on to join our staff and eventually became a Board Member. Michael serves as a full time pastor in East Texas. He desires for every location to come alive and for every pilgrim to encounter God.
After practicing law for 24 years in New Orleans, Bill transitioned into the role of youth director at a church in Boise, Idaho. He first joined a Wonder Voyage over 10 years ago, and has been leading trips for us ever since. With over twenty years of experience working with youth, Bill brings a heart of discipleship to each voyage.
As an IT Manager at AT&T, Chris is skilled at communicating with people. He has a genuine love for young people, and has been in youth leadership roles for over 10 years. Chris longs to help others realize God’s love for them and for all people.
Shane’s passion for pilgrimage and travel ignited after a Wonder Voyage to Ireland in 2003. While keeping his corporate schedule, he leads trips during his spare time. Shane’s gift is introducing his teams to the local culture through unique experiences.
Rev. Rachel Nyback
Rachel is a hardcore fan of Wonder Voyage’s pilgrimage heart. Having been a client for many years, Rachel brings the client’s perspective to the board and a desire to see youth and adults grow in their faith by stepping out of their normal and experiencing the wonder of God. Presently, Rachel serves as Rector of St. Cross Episcopal Church in Hermosa Beach, California.