Habtom and Heather Kebede

Habtom, born and raised in Ethiopia, grew up learning woodworking and electrical skills from his father and playing club volleyball on various teams. Heather was born in Kenya and raised in Kenya, Sudan, and Ethiopia as a child of Presbyterian Church (USA) missionaries. She grew up assisting her parents in their mission work with a desire to serve once she completed college. Habtom and Heather met while serving through a volleyball outreach that Habtom helped start. They were married in November 2010 and have two beautiful girls named Faith and Hope.

Habtom graduated from the Ethio-National Medical College in Ethiopia with a nursing diploma and Heather received her Bachelor’s degree in nursing from Wichita State in Kansas. She also has experience teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) to semi-nomadic people and teaching volleyball and basketball to high school students. She went through a three month program with the International House of Prayer Bible training and worked at a hospital in Addis Abba, Ethiopia her first term with The Antioch Partners (TAP). Since their marriage, Habtom and Heather have served through TAP together in partnership with Beza Church in Addis Ababa and now are currently serving with Intergenerational Spiritual Transformation Ministry (ISTM), Sandafa Ethiopia.

Habtom and Heather have a passion to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with underprivileged youth through sports and education. Habtom and Heather head up the health and nutrition portion of ISTM’s outreach camps, which involves teaching the campers life and spiritual lessons related to health and wellness. Habtom and Heather build relationships with the youth through sports and health classes, and as a result, they are able to touch the youth and their families with the love and grace of God. Prayer is a huge part of their ministry. As they pray for the youth, their families and the ministry itself, they believe they are preparing the ground for God to move in mighty ways. Habtom and Heather are thankful for the privilege they have of working together by the grace of God and for His glory.


To donate by check to The Kebede’s support:

Make checks payable to The Antioch Partners, write “Preference for Kebede Support” on memo line and mail to:

7132 Portland Ave., Suite 136
Richfield, MN, 55423