Don and Evie Gardner are serving as global missionaries with the Church of the Nazarene and reside in Nairobi, Kenya. Since 2001 Don has been serving as the Africa East Field Strategy Coordinator and oversees the work of the Church of the Nazarene in the countries of Uganda, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Rwanda, Burundi, as well as Kenya. In 2013 he acquired the Horn of Africa which included Ethiopia, Southern Sudan, Eritrea, and 3 creative access countries. Prior to that, they were in Malawi for 11 years where Don served as North Malawi District Superintendent and Malawi Mission Coordinator. Don was ordained in 1989 on the Arizona District. Don received the B.A. degree in religion from Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, Oklahoma.
Evie received the B.A. degree in elementary education from Mid America Nazarene University in Olathe, Kansas. In October, 2014 she acquired her Masters of Education at Africa Nazarene University. She teaches part-time at Africa Nazarene University and is the East Africa Work & Witness and Event Coordinator. She also is mentor for many young adults and leads one internationally attended Bible study fellowship.
The Gardners have three grown daughters: Amy, Erin, and Allissa and seven granddaughters and one grandson.