About the Steeres


Kenya 2011, with 4 year old Riley and almost- 2 1/2 year old Liam

First year in Kenya, with 4 year old Riley and 2 1/2 year old Liam

We are Andy, Mardi, Riley and Liam Steere, and we are a mixed bag of nationalities.  Andy (from Michigan in the US) and Mardi (from Adelaide, Australia) met in 1997 when he was studying abroad (pun intended!) in Australia, and were married a year later.

Following Andy’s engineering undergraduate studies, he spent 6 years as a nuclear submarine officer, including three years deploying on the USS Maine (SSBN 741).  After finishing medical school at the University of Adelaide, falling in love with an American naturally led to Mardi completing a residency in Pediatrics and a follow-on fellowhip in Pediatric Emergency Medicine in Jacksonville, Florida, near where Andy was stationed.  We were grateful to have been a part of Beaches Vineyard Christian Fellowship during our “Florida Years”.

We most recently lived in Adelaide, Australia where we became the parents of a beautiful daughter Riley (2007) and wonderful son Liam (2008).  Our home church in Adelaide is Southland Vineyard Church.

Mardi is a Pediatric Emergency Physician, and in Australia divided her time between clinical work at the Paediatric ED at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital, teaching residents and medical students, and flying to remote regions doing retrievals with MedSTAR kids.

Her passions are three-fold:  clinical work amongst the poor and marginalised, equipping and coaching African health care workers, and team leadership and management.

She received her medical degree from the University of Adelaide, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.

After six years in the “Silent Service”, Andy retired from the Navy and directed several engineering infrastructure projects and consulted in the area of leadership, project management, and strategic procurement delivery.  He specialised in “relationship contracting“, and introduced its first use at SA Water (Early Contractor Involvement, Alliance Contracting, and Management Framework) on several major projects including the Torrens System Upgrade,  Glenelg to Adelaide Park Lands Recycled Water Project and North-South Interconnection System Project.  His projects have won six industry awards and commendations including the 2010 Engineering Excellence Award from Engineers Australia.

With regard to the papers collecting dust in storage, Andy has a B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering (George Washington University), a M.S. in Physics (Michigan State University), is certified as a Master Project Director (AIPM), Nuclear Engineer (US DOE), and Civil Engineer (EIT, Virginia), and is a Member of Engineers Australia.  Andy is currently pursuing a Masters of Divinity degree (M.Div.) at the Melbourne College of Divinity.

We are grateful for the partnership of our partner churches around the world, and for the support of our sending agency SIM (Serving in Mission).

We are blessed to have families in both countries who love and support us, and we appreciate them incredibly.

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