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LETU Welcomes New Missionaries In Residence for 2018-2019



Steve-and-Becky-Cochrane-MIR-.jpgLeTourneau University welcomes new Missionaries-in-Residence Steve and Becky Cochrane back to campus for the 2018-2019 academic year. The couple both attended LETU and met here.

“Steve was studying mechanical engineering, and I was studying aviation,” Becky said. “We married in May of 1994 in LETU’s Speer Chapel.”

And while they were enrolled for the following semester, a Bible camp where Steve had previously served asked him to work there full time.

“We really sensed God leading us there as foundational training for overseas ministry,” Becky said, “so we, unfortunately, never finished our degrees at LeTourneau.” 

The Cochranes served in full-time Christian camping ministry for three years, completed their undergraduate degrees in biblical studies, then joined Avant Ministries to serve in Mali, West Africa.

After 15 years of service in regional and field leadership focusing on media, literature, educational development, and church planting, they recently transitioned back to camp ministry at Echo Ranch Bible Camp in Southeast Alaska where they disciple counselors who are considering foreign missions for their future.

The Missionary-In-Residence position at LETU is part of the Spiritual Life office and is a ministry role uniquely aimed at serving missionary kids (MKs), third-culture kids (TCKs) (students who grew up overseas, but not necessarily as children of missionaries) and anyone interested in serving in missions.

“We get together with the Mu Kappa group (a student group of missionary kids) for an international meal prepared by one of the members,” Becky said. “It makes them feel more at home.”

The university spends a week called “Go Week” every year to enable students to learn more and think about how the Lord might be leading in their lives.

The Cochranes have three college-aged sons and one daughter-in-law: Jonny and Liz, Josh, and Danny.

LeTourneau University is the Christian polytechnic university in the nation where educators engage students to nurture Christian virtue, develop competency and ingenuity in their professional fields, integrate faith and work, and serve the local and global community. LETU offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs across a range of disciplines and delivery models at LETU’s residential campus in Longview, Texas, hybrid options at centers in the Dallas and Houston areas and fully online programs. For additional information, visit

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