Josh and Stacy Hutchens with children

Josh Hutchens, Ph.D.


Stacy Leigh Hutchens


Josh & Stacy Leigh Hutchens

Josh and Stacy Leigh Hutchens founded Gospel Life Global Missions to serve Malawian and Mozambican churches, and were appointed as the board’s first missionaries. Josh serves as President of Gospel Life. They live with their children in Zomba, Malawi.

Josh has pastored two churches in Kentucky, Mt. Tabor Baptist Church in LaRue County, and Elk Lick Baptist Church in Owen County. Stacy Leigh previously served with Crossings Camps. From 2009–2011, they served as missionaries in Moldova in Eastern Europe. After returning from Moldova, Stacy Leigh started Wild Berries Photography and specialized in wedding photography.

Josh is from Hardin, Kentucky. He holds a Ph.D. in biblical theology from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he also earned his Advanced M.Div. Josh received his B.A. in biblical and theological studies with a minor in missions from Boyce College.

Stacy Leigh is from Marion, Kentucky. She received her B.S. in outdoor recreation with a minor in agriculture from Murray State University.

Josh and Stacy Leigh are members of Hardin Baptist Church in Hardin, Kentucky. They have five children—Haylee, Jude, Taylah, J.J., and Abraham—and a service poodle named Rey.

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Malawian Team

Isaac Dzimbiri

Isaac is a professor at Shepherd’s Academy, Gospel Life’s school for training current and future pastors in Malawi and Mozambique. He also preaches the gospel and counsels individuals at all of our mobile medical clinics. 

He serves with Wilkes as co-pastor and music director of Gospel Life Baptist Church in Zomba.  He has previously served as a youth pastor at Kwacha Baptist Church in Kitwe, Zambia, and as assistant pastor at Maranatha Baptist Church in Blantyre, Malawi.

Isaac is from Blantyre, Malawi, and he is fluent in Chichewa and English.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in bible from Central Africa Baptist University in Kitwe, Zambia.

He is married to Susan, who is in nursing school at Kamuzu College of Nursing in Blantyre.

Wilkes Watch

Wilkes is the Director of Zomba Ministries. He and his family live on and care for our campus in the Zomba region of Malawi.

He is from Zomba, Malawi, and he is fluent in Chichewa and English. 

He serves with Isaac as co-pastor of Gospel Life Baptist Church in Zomba.

Wilkes is married to Eunice, who is a leader in the women’s ministry at Gospel Life Baptist Church, and they have two daughters, Jessica and Hannah.

Madalitso Michael

Michael, like many Malawian men, goes by his last name. He is the Director of Lower Shire Ministries. He and his family live on and care for our campus in the Lower Shire region of Malawi. He coordinates all of our medical clinics in the Lower Shire region, and he also translates for Josh when he preaches at churches there.

He is from Zomba, Malawi, and he is fluent in Chichewa, Yao, and English.

Michael is married to Jessie, who is an excellent cook, and they have four children, Naomi, Eunice, and twins Peter and Paul.

Janet Mwandira

Janet is the Executive Assistant to the President. She also does both oral and written translation work for Stacy Leigh with the women’s ministry, and in her spare time she is patiently teaching the Hutchens family to speak the local language, Chichewa. 

She is from Mzimba in northern Malawi, and she is fluent in Chichewa, Tumbuka, English, and Bemba.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in arts & humanities from Chancellor College of the University of Malawi in Zomba.