The Heart of Goby

Who we are, how we got here, and what we hope to do.

Bobby Wood

Bobby is a Church Planting Catalyst with the North American Mission Board. In 2013 he planted Redemption Church in Ogden, Utah and has been serving in one of the least reached regions in America ever since.

Stu Coston

Stu served in the Air Force for 5 years and now works as a project manager in commercial construction.  He has helped dozens of business owners launch and grow their brand and has a passion to see businesses utilized for the Gospel. 

Daniel Ray

Daniel is a communications specialist with a journalism background. He spent his college career 1000 miles from home in order to help Bobby plant and grow Redemption Church. Now he lives in Mississippi spreading the idea of missionpreneurship.

Goby Brands

We are serious about our mission to create jobs for missionaries.

Goby Creative

Goby Creative was the first born brain child of the missionpreneur lifestyle. We launched it to create jobs for evangelical missionaries by helping brands, businesses, and nonprofits blend timely intention with timeless creative.

Theology Attire

Part of operating Goby Creative involved sourcing and selling merchandise to clients. In doing so, we found a way to connect online stores with warehouses around the world to print merchandise on-demand. This naturally evolved into building our own t-shirt brand.

Goby Merch

Once we learned how to connect our online stores to print-on-demand warehouses around the world, we built a way for our Goby Creative clients to purchase whatever merchandise we designed for them anytime they wanted it.

How we got here

Bobby planted Redemption Church in 2013. Stu was transferred by the Air Force to Hill Air Force Base in Layton, and his family joined the church in 2016. Daniel moved to Ogden to finish his schooling at Weber State University and join the team at Redemption in 2016. Bobby has been burdened for quite a while for his fellow church planters and missionaries around him who struggled putting food on the table for their families while serving in ministry. Unbeknownst to Bobby, Stu also shared a similar burden when he and his family contemplated moving overseas to become missionaries. Bobby, Stu, and Daniel began to talk about addressing that problem by starting businesses that created jobs for church planters and missionaries to sustain themselves while on the mission field.

Goby Creative (a branding agency that develops websites, print/digital media, advertisements, and much more) was the first business we launched to ensure that missionpreneurship was feasible. We settled on the "goby" fish as our logo and name. The goby fish is an amazing fish that has a symbiotic relationship with a little, blind crab. The crab burrows a hole into the sand to protect itself from predators. The goby fish alerts the crab to dangers in the water, and in return, the crab allows the goby fish to stay safely in the hole together.

In the same way, we believe it is our mission to help missionaries navigate the new waters of the intersection of business and mission that fuels mission and multiplies the number of missionaries.

What we hope to do

Goby Mission is the place where we hope to share our ideas and experiments of missionpreneurship (evangelical missions + entrepreneurship) with the world. We want to add to the discussion of funding mission in new and innovative ways and hopefully provide clear pathways for missionpreneurs to implement their own ideas. Goby Mission hopes to build a network and community of other missionpreneurs and find ways to multiply the mission!

We see a day soon that we can have vocational business courses for entrepreneurs that want to start businesses in their own cities. We want to offer job boards that give missionaries an immediately tangible way to earn income to sustain their ministries. We hope to have a vibrant community here that shares ideas and helps each other build onto this model for ministry.

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Whether you’re a missionary traveling from church to church asking for money or you’re looking to become a missionprenuer, at some point you will need to calculate your Minimum Viable Income (MVI). This tool will guide you through everything you need to know and get you on the way to success in the field.

Bobby


Bobby is a Church Planting Catalyst with the North American Mission Board. In 2013 he planted Redemption Church in Ogden, Utah and has been serving in one of the least reached regions in America ever since. Bobby is the executive brain behind the entire Goby Enterprise including Goby Creative, Theology Attire, and Goby Mission.

Stu


Stu served in the Air Force for 5 years and now works as a project manager in commercial construction.  He has helped dozens of business owners launch and grow their brand and has a passion to see businesses utilized for the Gospel. Stu manages the operations of the entire Goby Enterprise including Goby Creative, Theology Attire, Goby Merch, and Goby Mission.

Daniel


Daniel is a communications specialist with a journalism background. He spent his college career 1000 miles from home in order to help Bobby plant and grow Redemption Church. Now he lives in Mississippi spreading the idea of missionpreneurship. Daniel is the communications powerhorse behind the entire Goby Enterprise including Goby Creative, Theology Attire, and Goby Mission.

Brett


Brett is the Pastor of Mobilization at Redeeming Life Church in Salt lake City, UT. He is also the lead website designer at Goby Creative and our resident guinea pig for living the missionpreneur lifestyle.