Jean Kapenda was born and raised in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and left that country in 1984 for exile in Switzerland. A few months after Kapenda’s arrival in the German part of Switzerland, he met two sister missionaries and joined the Church a few weeks later, which was the turning point in his life. In 1986, he left Switzerland and moved to Ecuador, thinking to spend a few months there before moving to the United States, but he stayed twenty-one years. During those fruitful years, Kapenda learned Spanish, married a returned missionary, fathered two beautiful daughters, went back to college, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and political science, and served as a bishop. He ran his own business offering translation and interpretation services. In 2007, Kapenda came to the U.S. and received an MPA from Brigham Young University, followed by a second master’s degree in criminal justice from Weber State University, where he has been teaching for the past five years. He is currently director of Weber State University’s Criminal Justice Extension program. Kapenda speaks French, Spanish, English, Swahili, and Lingala.