Tom & Dee Yaccino
The Yaccino’s have partnered in transformational cross-cultural ministry since the late eighties. Tom earned degrees in Cultural Geography and Spanish from Augustana College, and Dee earned a degree in Anthropology from Wheaton College. Both Tom and Dee have concentrations in Latin American Studies. After receiving Masters Degrees in Intercultural Studies with their emphasis on Community Development and Adult Non-formal education from Wheaton Graduate School, they took their first overseas assignment with the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) in Rural Bolivia.
From 1990 to 1995 Tom and Dee pioneered an integrated community-based development initiative that resulted in the creation of a grass-roots organization of popular educators (called C.E.P.Y.) that facilitated numerous sustainable initiatives in health, water, agriculture and education in rural communities of Yapacani, Santa Cruz Department.
In 1995 they were hired by Willow Creek Community Church to lead the development of Willow’s international ministries focused on partnerships in the Dominican Republic. Since that time Tom and Dee have lived in the DR shaping Willow Creek’s Global Connections Latin American strategy and raising their four children: Aisha, Alina, Alize, and Aaron.
Today, Tom and Dee are developing DCC by creating a community of connectors and facilitators who can walk alongside churches and ministries as they connect on the Way. They also offer consulting and coaching services to churches that are passionate about partnering with the Global Church to leverage our shared spiritual, human, and financial resources in response to Jesus’ mission to make all things new. Dee is currently pursuing her PhD in Intercultural Studies at Trinity University in Deerfield, IL.
Aisha serves as the Communications Coordinator intern for DCC. She is currently based in Azusa, CA where she is completing her bachelors degree in Communication Studies at Azusa Pacific University.
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