Field Director and Business Office Coordinator

Steve & Rhonda Nicholes

Steve, Rhonda and their family are currently located at the Word of Life Bible Institute on Jeju Island. A lot of their focus and energy is invested in teaching and training WOLBI Jeju students in the Word of God so that those students can eventually go into other areas of Asia to do the same thing.


Steve is currently the Field Director and resident Bible Survey Professor. Rhonda is overseeing the business office. Their children are also very much involved in the ministry at WOLBI. An equally important role for Steve is overseeing the entire WOL Korea staff: meeting with them each week, seeking to meet their needs and giving direction for each area of ministry Local Church Ministries, SYME (English immersion discipleship training school), Camping and Advancement with family life conferences. Each Sunday Steve is also involved in pastoring an English-speaking congregation within a local Korean church.  

Academic Dean

Dr Mike Ivey

Dr Mike Ivey and his wife Jill have served as missionaries in South Korea since 1986. They have led three different churches in Korea. Dr Ivey holds Master's degrees from Yonsei University and Columbia International University, as well as a PhD from the University of South Carolina.

Dr Ivey is the co-founder and president of Bible Baptist Aid Ministry, a non-governmental organization which provides relief, aid, and development work touching the lives of North Koreans through nutrition, medicine, and food relief. Mike and Jill are preparing to do church planting work among Asian and international expatriates living and working on Jeju Island. 

Dr Ivey teaches Pastoral Epistles, Old Testament Survey, and New Testament Survey in addition to serving as WOLBI Jeju Academic Dean.

Ministries Dean and Camp Director

David and Victoria Baek

David Baek was burdened to become a missionary in 2008 when he was in discipleship training school in School for Youth Ministries in English (SYME) which is a Word of Life ministry in South Korea. After finishing 8 months of SYME program, he served Word of Life as Local Church Ministry intern and Camp Coordinator for two years and four months.  He was one of the students at WOLBI Jeju’s first year and then went on for another year to study at Word of Life Bible Institute in the US. In 2013, he officially became a Word of Life missionary appointed to South Korea. David also served a local church as a youth pastor for two years.

In 2014, David married Victoria. Victoria was trained at SYME in 2010 and served as an Admissions Counselor there.  She also studied at Word of Life Bible Institute in Jeju and is a great support to David for God’s ministry.

Campus Grandparents

Lou and Thelma Nicholes

Lou and Thelma have been married for 57 years and have faithfully served the Lord throughout their life. In 1962 they joined Word of Life and pioneered the Word of Life Local Church Ministry in the Midwest part of the United States, serving 262 Bible Clubs in local churches. 


In 1988, they directed a short-term mission program, Youth Reachout, accompanying over 2,000 young people to 42 countries in 12 years, receiving 40,000 signed professions of faith in Jesus Christ as Saviour. In 2000, Word of Life asked them to be representatives, travelling to various Asian countries, helping to establish new ministries and recruit new missionairies, while holding 'Family Life' and 'Mission Recruitment' Seminars.


They currently live on the campus and spend time every day in prayer for each student.