Richard and Karen Bradford
Richard and Karen Bradford were married in 1994 in British Columbia, Canada. They have two children, Alexis is 18 and Simon is 15. They live and work in Chalet Bourdonnette.
Richard was born in Toronto and raised in a number of places around Southern Ontario. He completed his undergraduate degree in philosophy at Trinity Western University and his Masters degree at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. Richard spent quite a few years painting houses before completing his education. He returned with his family in January, 2000 and he and Karen became workers in January, 2001.
Karen was born and raised in Salmon Arm, British Columbia. Karen has completed a number of college diploma courses. She graduated in 1988 from a two-year diploma course in Leisure and Recreation Management; in 1991 she completed a diploma in Long Term Care Aid; and in 1994 graduated with a diploma as a registered massage therapist. For three years she ran her own massage therapy clinic in Vancouver. She attended Swiss L’Abri as a student in 1993 and returned with Richard, Alexis and Simon in January, 2000.
Dave and Anna Friedrich
Dave was born and raised in the Toronto area. He attended Tyndale Bible College, received his Bachelor’s degree from York University in Philosophy, and then his Master’s degree from Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia. During these years, he worked at TD Canada Trust for 10 years. Dave first came to Swiss L’Abri in 2001 and became a worker in 2003. After meeting and marrying his wife Anna here, they moved to Ohio where Dave worked as a youth director. It was there that their two sons Cole and Adam were born. After three years in Ohio, they returned to Anna’s hometown in Virginia where Dave became a professional firefighter and paramedic (much to the delight of his young sons). During those five years of civil service, Dave was also ordained in the Anglican tradition.
Anna first came to L’Abri as a student in 2003. Before coming, she worked in Kenya with a humanitarian organization and briefly studied music at Virginia Tech. She and Dave met at Swiss L’Abri, married and worked here together for a couple of years before moving back to the U.S. In the intervening decade, she has been a part-time worship leader in two churches, but has mostly given herself to the home-education of their wonderful sons, Cole and Adam.
Amelia and Per-Ole Lind
Amelia came to L’Abri for the first time in 2007 after studying English literature, teaching and math at the University of Tennessee. Before volunteering and working for L’Abri, she worked as an administrator for Redeemer Church of Knoxville. Prior to this, she worked for a newspaper, a record store and the legendary Martha Bog’s Bistro in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Per-Ole has a background in magazines and graphic design, having worked in Denmark, Japan and the US. Per-Ole visited L’Abri the first time in 2008. His lectures at L’Abri focus mainly (but not entirely) on art-related topics. For Sunday Bible studies, he includes biblical paintings to open up the conversation. Per-Ole recently won an Orchids Award for a mural painting in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Rhett and Valerie Austin
Rhett is from Birmingham, Alabama. He received his BA in pastoral ministry from Southeastern Bible College in the spring of 2007. After graduating from college, he attended L’Abri as a student and helper. During this time he met Valerie who was serving as a helper. Valerie (originally from Wheaton, Illinois) graduated from Wheaton College in 2007 with a BA in Christian education. After meeting at L’Abri the couple returned to the States where they were married in 2009. Rhett holds an MA in systematic theology (2012) and an MA in biblical exegesis (2014) from Wheaton Graduate School. Valerie has an MA in biblical studies (2015), also from Wheaton. Two weeks after completing her degree requirements, Valerie gave birth to their son, Charlie, in July of 2015.
Prior to joining the L’Abri staff as workers, Rhett worked in construction and as a project manager for a landscaping company in West Chicago, in addition to serving their church as a pastoral intern and deacon. Valerie worked as a book buyer and manager at an independent bookstore and as a publicist for Tyndale House Publishers. She also served the dean of Wheaton Graduate School as an assistant for several years. Their research interests are in matters related to biblical studies, ecclesiology and theology.
Rhett and Val have now returned to Alabama to embark their next adventure.
Hilary is the youngest of four sisters. Though from an American family, she grew up in Germany, Italy and Ireland before moving in 2010 to study in London. She graduated from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies in 2014, with a BA in politics and history. She spent the following year travelling and working as a barista in a local coffee shop in London. It was during this time that she first heard about Swiss L’Abri, and in August 2015, she came to spend the fall term as a student. She has been part of this community ever since, acting as a helper for the winter and summer terms, and has recently joined the staff team. Hilary lives and works alongside the students in Chalet Bellevue, helping to coordinate the day-to-day running of the L’Abri community.
Hillary is now back in UK to attending nursing school.