Carol and Doyle each grew up in missions-minded families and accepted Christ before their teen years. They have committed their careers to bringing God’s Word to people in all languages and ethnic groups.They were each sent into missions by their home churches and met while serving with Wycliffe’s partner for technical services, JAARS, at their centre in North Carolina. Doyle and Carol were married in 1984; a few months later, they were on their way to Africa to support Bible translation teams working in remote villages.
The Petersons have served in Togo, Africa, at the international support centres in Texas and North Carolina, and in the Wycliffe Canada headquarters in Calgary. While the early years of Doyle’s service were in information technologies to support translation teams, he has served more recently in roles to develop capacity in Wycliffe and its key partners to develop long-range plans for reaching remaining languages that do not yet have God’s Word.
Carol has worked as a travel consultant in Wycliffe and now in the finance office of Wycliffe Canada, processing donations for missionaries and projects. Doyle now serves the global efforts of Wycliffe and key partners, as leader of the Office of Special Projects for Wycliffe’s key partner, SIL International. He travels to Asia, Africa and Eurasia to work with partners and leadership teams in strategy development and program planning to help achieve the vision that Bible translation is started in every language that needs it by the year 2025.
In partnership with individual Christians, churches and organizations worldwide, Wycliffe is making great progress toward this goal, and the remaining languages present more challenging situations. Doyle and Carol are committed to helping those people in the most difficult and marginalized regions of the world hear and understand God’s Word.
The Petersons have three adult children and two grandchildren, all living in the Calgary area. They are active in the community and in their local church, where Doyle has served as Sunday school teacher and chair of the board of elders.