About SMAT

School of Missionary Aviation Technology
84 E Sprague Rd - Ionia, MI 48846

Phone: (616) 527 4160
Email: info@smat.edu

Our Vision: To serve the Lord through aviation training.

Our vision is to serve the Lord in missions by providing certified training in flight, aviation maintenance and related technical fields. We are committed to providing a high level of training through academic excellence, quality personnel, and facilities conducive to the real world missionary environment. As servants of Christ, we will accomplish this by providing a learning environment that is Christ centered, caring, compassionate and responsive.

Our Mission: Prepare individuals to serve God in mission aviation.

Our mission is to prepare individuals to be aviation professionals with life skills and competencies, who model SMAT’s values in their future workplaces.

Our Values:

  • Caring Relationships are vital to the effectiveness of ministry
  • Stewardship is a God-given responsibility to use resources He provides to accomplish His plan
  • Excellence affects all areas of endeavor in a positive way
  • Servant leadership is a God-give opportunity to serve those who follow

Our History: 1969 until the Present

  • 1969 to 1993 - GRSBM - SMAT‘s origins can be traced to the missionary aviation program at Grand Rapids School of the Bible & Music as part of the school’s Missions Program
  • 1993 to 1997 - MATS - Cornerstone University acquired GRSBM and formed MATS (Missionary Aviation Training Service)
  • 1997 to Present - SMAT - SMAT became an independent school (School of Missionary Aviation Technology)

Our Leadership

Board of Directors

  • Jack Befus, Chairman
  • Bob Damaske, Vice Chairman
  • Jeff Gillesse, Treasurer
  • Mark Kotlarczyk, Secretary
  • Marv Tyler, Member
  • Michael McDonald, Member
  • Ron Reitsma, Member
  • Peter Eggenberger, Member
  • Dave McCleery, Member


  • Terry Yoder, President/CEO
  • Marvin Tyler, Administrative Consultant
  • Dean Peterson, AMT Instructor/Building & Grounds Supervisor
  • Duane Linsley, AMT Instructor/Project Supervisor
  • Nathan Rozema, AMT Director/Instructor
  • Brad Olson, AMT Instructor
  • Robert Hovenden, Aviation Maintenance Lead
  • Levi Moody, Aviation Maintenance
  • John Turner, Aviation Maintenance
  • Steve VanBeveren, Director of Flight Training
  • Neil DuBois, Chief Flight Instructor
  • Josh Carveth, Flight Instructor
  • Jason Fintelman, Flight Instructor
  • Paul Kimball, Flight Instructor
  • Jim Sutter, Finance Director
  • Barb Trierweiler, Administrative Assistant
  • Larissa Rozema, Office Assistant

Our Alliances: Mission Agencies & Other Schools.

We have alliances with mission agencies and other schools that send their students to SMAT for the specialized training we can provide.

Here are some of the mission agencies with whom our graduates serve or with which we are affiliated;

Here are some of the schools with which we are affiliated;