In 1977, Bob Griffin, a veteran pilot with JAARS (the technical-support arm of the Wycliffe Bible Translators) wanted to tell the American aviation public how God was using airplanes. The venue would be AirVenture Oshkosh – the largest aviation event in the world. Starting with just a few aviators from a couple of organizations, Bob’s vision grew. In 2009, the largest assemblage of mission aviation personnel and aircraft in history gathered at Oshkosh to actively engage the public with the barrier-busting message of mission aviation.

During the 1980s, only a handful of mission aviators could be on the world stage at AirVenture because of the costs of food and lodging associated with the high-profile event. To address this problem, a group of local Christians began providing meals, homes, and transportation for the visiting missionaries. From this initial seed, an organization involving individuals and churches grew in the Oshkosh area. It's called MASA – the Mission Aviation Support Association, now headed by Lee Smoll. Initially, Lee sought support from just three churches. From this small beginning, MASA ascended to last year's amazing pinnacle where thirty churches provided comprehensive support for more than four hundred mission aviation personnel. MASA provided three meals a day, a bed for every head, and loaner cars during the seven days of AirVenture.

In years past, mission aviation organizations attended Lakeland’s Sun 'n Fun fly-in. However, they had to discontinue their presence due to logistical and support costs. A local businessman, John Hoke, has decided to reverse history and provide a way for mission aviators to again engage the aviation public at Sun 'n Fun. John is replicating Oshkosh’s highly-successful MASA organization in Central Florida, but on a much smaller scale. His desire is to develop a strong support structure through local churches to provide food, housing, and transportation. John has assembled a team of volunteer coordinators to help make this a reality.
We are now getting ready for our fourth year with at Sun ‘n Fun. It has been exciting to see things grow as people come together to make it possible for missionaries to attend and have the opportunity to interact with nearly a quarter of a million people! We are adding another mission organization this year brings our total to six which adds another eight missionaries. None of this would be possible without the support of local churches and individuals. We are again asking the churches to partner with us in providing meals, beds, cars, speaking engagements, and wristbands/parking passes.
John Hoke was born in Wildwood, Florida. At age 13, his family moved to the Tampa Bay area where he finished high school. He enlisted in the US Air Force, served in law enforcement and was discharged as a sergeant in 1975. After serving in the Armed Forces, John attended Hillsborough Community College, where he met Karen Flischel. They were married in 1980. John and Karen have 3 children, Meghan, Brian and Collin.

John and Karen are long time members of Harborside Christian Church in Safety Harbor, Florida. John volunteers his time and skills to many ministries and projects. He served as the Chairman of the Board for Missions for 5 years, was a team leader for house building projects, served in Sierra Leon, Africa to establish a church and taught 3rd and 4th grade boys classes at Harborside Christian Church. In addition, John has led teams of volunteers for home building projects in Mexico through Amor Missions.

Because of John’s interest in aviation, in 1977, he obtained his private pilot license. This interest has carried over to a great appreciation and support of aviation ministries. In the process, John has helped organize the JAARS “Missions at the Airport” program. JAARS offers the public, as well as students in some Christian schools, an opportunity to learn about the ways airplanes and helicopters are used to aid the work of Christian missionaries in foreign lands.

In 2009, John founded Mission Aviation Support Association of Florida. With the help of volunteers, MASA-FL enables aviation missionary pilots and staff of various missionary aviation organizations to attend and have a presence at the annual “Sun ‘n Fun Fly-In & Expo” in Lakeland, Florida.

Over the last 30 years, John has worked in the financial industry.
Dave McClamma Wife - Robin McClamma
Married - 39 Years
Children - 3 Girls - Jennifer, Amanda & Elizabeth
Grandchildren - 4 - Mason, Kamdyn, Patton, Case Matthew
Graduate - Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA
Favorite Scripture - Philippians 4:13

Ministry: Served 35 years in Church Ministry in Ohio, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida
Most recent completed 13 years at First Baptist Church At The Mall, Lakeland, Florida

For the last two years Dave and his wife Robin followed God leading and direction to be Missionaries to Brazil and founded together HOPE FOR BRAZIL MINISTRIES, INC., a 501c3 non-profit Ministry with a vision and purpose for equipping and training National Pastors, Church Leaders and Believers in reaching people for Christ through Ministry development as well as challenging them to be “on mission” for God with their lives personally and spiritually.

In the first two years of his ministry Dave has trained close to 5,000 nationals in Church Ministry and Evangelism. These Ministry has seen close to 500 people receive Christ into their lives, seen many resources distributed throughout Villages and cities along the Amazon River and the expansion of the ministries Center of Hope Education Projects.

Dave enjoys spending time with his wife Robin, the Grandchildren, writing, the outdoors and flying.

He is very thankful to God for the opportunity to be a part of MASA Florida and seeing his love for Aviation and Missions fulfilled through serving with this organization.
Aliesa Gilstrap, a former corporate executive at a billion dollar advertising company, now serves as Director of Children’s Ministries at Harborside Christian Church in Safety Harbor, FL. Her 20+ year career in corporate America helped hone her leadership skills to guide volunteers who serve the children in her ministry.

Aliesa serves on the MASA-FL board in the hopes of bringing youths to Christ. Transplanted from Myrtle Beach, S.C. in 2001, Aliesa resides with her husband, Ken, in Safety Harbor. They have two grown sons and a newborn granddaughter.

Michael Hoover was born in Denver Colorado and grew up in the southwest. I work in the power industry. My work has taken me all over the Midwest, Northeast, South and to other countries. I started flying in upstate New York in 1999. I became involved with MASA because of my love of flying and my love for Jesus.
Mark Rittermeyer a Missouri native has lived in Florida now for 11 years with his wife of 42 years MaryAnn. He has been in involved in full time ministry for over 25 years, and has serves as the Chaplain for Sun-N-Fun for the past 5 years. He became involved with MASA through his involvement with Sun-N-Fun.