Mission Africa was started when Phoenix resident, Victor Jakpor, returned to his native Nigeria and his hometown of Sapele for a visit. He wanted to make a difference in the lives of the people in a city from which he had been absent for almost twenty years.
Founder / Executive Director
Victor was born and raised in Sapele, Nigeria. Victor moved to the United States to attend Arizona State University where he received a B.S. in Finance. Victor started Mission Africa in 2006 as a ministry of Mountain View Lutheran Church in Phoenix, AZ. Victor’s passion for helping the children in his home town is what drives Mission Africa.
President; Board of Directors
Steven has over 12 years of experiance working in international development. He has worked on projects across Africa and has lived in Namibia, Kenya and South Africa. Steven has a B.S from Arizona State University and a MBA from the University of Northern Iowa.
Treasurer; Board of Directors
Jenny's aim in life is, to follow the path where Jesus leads. Jenny was born in England and settled in the United States with her family in 1979. Volunteering while her children were at home included directing sixty Girl Scout troops and being on the board for a Gymnastics Booster Club. After her children left home Jenny developed a heart for the homeless volunteering at several non profits and serving on the board of directors. Jenny has served as Treasurer for many different organizations.
Secretary: Board of Directors
Jodi has been a long time resident of Arizona where she is active at Mountain View Lutheran Church in Phoenix. Jodi is a graduate of the University of Akron in Ohio and worked for FedEx for 31 years. Jodi brings the gifts of organization, administration and fundraising to the Mission Africa team.
Board of Directors
Darla is currently the Director of Administration at Mountain View Lutheran Church in Phoenix, AZ. Darla has 16 years of experience in non-profit service. She has organized disaster relief, served on various boards and founded her own non-profit, A Servant Heart. Darla has a B.S. from Ottawa University in Business Admin. with a focus on Multicultural communications and Cultural Diversity.
Mrs. Mary Diotanuru Ogbimi
Headmistress Merit Grade; Ethiope Primary School
Mrs. Ogbimi is a life long resident of the Sapele region. Mrs. Ogbimi has over 30 years of teaching experience in the classroom and as Headmistress. Mrs. Ogbimi has a Bachelors of Education that she received with honors, from the University of Port-Harcourt. Mrs. Ogbimi lends her expertise in education to projects and Mission Africa’s annual book drive, helping identify children in need and with the purchase of text books.
New Life Christian Church, Sapele Nigeria