Prior to assuming the Director of Missions position for Gold Coast Baptist, Vern Hancock was the interim pastor at Ojai Valley Baptist Church. Prior to coming to Ojai, Vern and Jennifer were IMB representatives for 26 years. They served 12 years in Burkina Faso, West Africa and 14 years in South Asia. While in South Asia Vern was the director of the LEAD (Leadership Equipping and Development) team and from 2010 served as National Partners Strategy Coach. (Because of the level of security I had while in South Asia, I avoid advertising either electronically or in print that can be publically accessed my involvement with the IMB.) Jennifer served in Burkina as the primary educator for their two boys, Joshua and Adam. After their transfer to South Asia she served alongside of Vern in the training ministry providing logistical support as well as teaching.