“Finish strong” was the message God placed in the hearts of Brian and Judy Cochran. This message led them to join Wycliffe Bible Translators after 25 years of successful careers in the banking and communications industries.

Experienced professionals like Brian and Judy or Paul and Anita Nelson, who spent 26 years in the software industry, bring unique skill sets to missions that are enhanced by their life experience, maturity and growth.

Come listen to these two couples as they share what motivated them to leave their comfortable careers and why they have no regrets jumping into a new adventure that’s led them to make an impact around the world.

Explore Wycliffe Live is a free, one-hour online event designed for you to hear from Wycliffe missionaries serving around the world. You’ll get to hear about a variety of topics ranging from Bible translation to internship opportunities to trauma healing and so much more! We hope you’ll join the conversation!
Tue, Nov 30, 2021 · 8:00 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada) (GMT -5:00)
Brian and Judy Cochran
Field Project Manager and Mobilization Manager
Finish strong. That was the message God placed in the hearts of Brian and Judy which led them to join Wycliffe Bible Translators and begin working as full-time missionaries in 2016. After 25+ years as a banker, Brian now serves as a Field Project Manager in West Africa, working closely with Nigerian and Ghanaian partners to build local relationships and develop Bible translation projects to meet their specific Scripture-based needs. After being a full-time Mom to three children and then a career in communications, Judy now serves as the Mobilization Manager, leading the mobilization team as they inspire, inform, and invite college students and others to join the Bible translation movement. Brian and Judy serve from Arizona and are the proud grandparents of three boys.
Paul and Anita Nelson
Director of the Solomon Islands Translation Advisory Group
After 26 years in the software industry, Paul and Anita Nelson joined Wycliffe Bible Translators in 2015 and Paul began serving as the Director of Language Software Development in 2016 in Dallas, TX. Paul also served as Director of Language Technology for 1 1/2 years.

In April 2021, Paul and Anita arrived in Honiara, Solomon Islands. After completing the Solomon Islands Orientation Course, Paul was passed the baton to serve as Director of the Solomon Islands Translation Advisory Group (SITAG). In addition to his leadership role, Paul provides technology training and support for Bible translators serving in the Solomon Islands.

While Paul has served with his technology skills, Anita has used her experience of teaching homeschool and hospitality to bless families. In Dallas, she served as a Homeschool Resource Coordinator. Now, in the Solomon Islands, she is organizing libraries for translators and for our families. She also encourages the wives of our team members.
Wendy Johnson
Explore Wycliffe Live Coordinator
Wendy and her husband, Morris, joined Wycliffe about 34 years ago. Since then, they have served in a variety of ways, including in Papua New Guinea for 14 years, in roles related to Bible translation.