Celyce was raised in Mariposa, California, a small tourist town outside of Yosemite National Park. She grew up as the eighth of nine children. She got a Bachelor of Science in nursing as well as a post-graduate theological training. Celyce was a missionary with the Christian and Missionary Alliance for eleven years in Ecuador. She home-schooled all three of our daughters with the last daughter graduating in June 2013. In 2020 she graduated from Talbot Seminary with a Master’s degree in Spiritual Formation and Soul Care. In 2021 began serving as adjunct cohort leader for Talbot Seminary. She also travels with Joel, helping in the ministry of JCG.