Global Ministries

The United Methodist Church

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Stephen Paul Quigg is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church. After 20 years of aviation service in Africa, Stephen and his wife Gail, also a missionary, are now based in the United States; they travel widely in support of aviation ministries around the world.

Stephen is currently serving as the coordinator of Global Ministries-related aviation ministries, providing technical and logistical support to the United Methodist aviation programs in the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Africa, and other areas. After having worked in those programs for two decades, he is now uniquely positioned to provide essential support to the central conference staff that operates the air services.

Additionally, Steve is assigned to work with Mission Safety International (MSI, see, an extensive, worldwide program, including UM Aviation Ministries (see His role is to provide safety services, including training, consultation, accident investigation, continuing education, and safety publications. All of these are designed to ensure that flying is safe and secure. Preventing one serious accident can save lives, and save an organization over a million dollars in direct and indirect costs. MSI's work helps provide more success and efficiency, and less tragedy in the lives of those who fly to serve in the name of Jesus Christ.

Steve earned a degree in aviation and electrical engineering technologies from LeTourneau College (now University) in Longview, Texas. He completed advanced flight and maintenance training at Moody Aviation, Spokane, Washington. He studied cross-cultural ministries at Asbury Theological Seminary in Kentucky, aviation accident investigation training with the US National Transportation Safety Board, and security training with World Vision. He is a licensed commercial pilot, a certified flight instructor, and an Airframe and Powerplant mechanic.

Steve and Gail began their missionary careers in 1979 in the small village of Bambur, Nigeria, where they worked with Air Muri, the aviation branch of the Nigerian United Methodist Church. The Quiggs were later assigned to the "Wings of Caring" flight ministry of the Central Congo Annual Conference, where Steve served as a pilot and the director of maintenance.

Steve and Gail are the parents of two grown daughters, Heather and Kathy, both of whom were born in Nigeria.

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Supporting Conferences: Greater New Jersey Annual Conference, Peninsula/Delaware Annual Conference, South Georgia Annual Conference, Susquehanna Annual Conference, Western Pennsylvania Annual Conference

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