Mitch has been a believer in Christ since age 10. Raised in the rural Plains of Colorado, Mitch attended college and then joined the Navy, completing a 26-year career in nuclear submarines. Melinda was also saved as a young girl. She was raised in the country, the foothills of Northern California, and attended college in San Diego where she and Mitch met. Married since 1995, the Lord blessed the Beckers with seven children and 15 character-building Navy moves before their transition to civilian life in 2015.
During this transitional time, God began to impress His desire for the Beckers to serve Him in a more intentional way. Concurrently, Mitch and Melinda read Francis and Lisa Chan's book, You and Me Forever, which resulted in renewed urgency for spreading the gospel message. They began to pray for opportunities to serve where Mitch’s technical talents could be utilized and where the family could contribute to the mission.
Inspired as a child by a visiting Trans World Radio missionary, Mitch was captivated by stories of programming that leapt over political boundaries and crossed cultural and economic barriers, strengthening the persecuted and encouraging the faithful. From that early experience, and having esteemed the ministry for decades, Mitch and Melinda applied for missionary service and continue to see God’s confirming fingerprints throughout the TWR appointment process.
Once on the field, Melinda will continue to wrangle the littles while homeschooling the bigs: Mahala (14), Micaiah (12), Matthias (10), Moriah (8), Melea (6), Malachi (3) and Manoah (1). As a team of nine, the Becker M&M’s are excited to contribute to broadcasting the Gospel of Hope to the nations.