Development Team

Michael Colburn

Dr. Michael Colburn's passion is translation work. For 13 years, he was a missionary linguist/translator with the Wycliffe Bible Translators, serving the Ogea people of Papua New Guinea. Since leaving Wycliffe, he has worked 23 years part-time as advisor to the Ogea New Testament translation project, and full-time as a software developer. For the last seven years of this time, he has managed a software development division within the U.S. government. He has a certification in project management from the Project Management Institute, a certification in multi-million dollar program management by the Federal Acquisition Institute, and has led numerous initiatives from initial vision through to implementation. His academic qualifications include a BA in Biblical Studies, MA in Linguistics, MCIS in Software Engineering, and a Doctor of Computer Science degree. He has developed courses and taught both within industry and at the college level.

Currently Michael volunteers with the Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC) as a mission specialist in linguistics and translation. He provides training in language learning to new OCMC missionaries. In preparation for a ministry in liturgical translation, in 2013 he plans to attend the Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology to earn an MDiv, specializing in liturgical theology and liturgical Greek. While there, he hopes to learn about best practices and issues in the translation of the Liturgical texts from experienced professors, clergy, and laity and develop a course in liturgical translation. God willing, he, his wife Lisa, and their younger son, Liam, intend to work full-time in Kenya starting in 2017. Between now and then, they plan to make yearly short-term missions trips to Kenya. Under the direction of His Eminence, Archbishop Makarios, Michael and Lisa hope to establish a translation training and quality control program in Kenya that incorporates in an Orthodox context the best practices of missionary translation organizations such as the Wycliffe Bible Translators. God willing, this will become a model to follow for establishing such programs in other countries where OCMC works. The AGES software will play a critical role in providing computer based tools for mother-tongue translators working overseas in the mission field.

John Holder

John is a software engineer with over 25 years of experience designing and building software. For the last 7 years, John has been a principal engineer and subject matter expert at Oracle, overseeing all design and enhancement changes to the batch technologies and reporting capabilities of Oracle's ERP business product, JDEdwards EnterpriseOne. He has also been heavily involved in designing portions of look and feel of the new web and iPad-enabled user interface in JDEdwards 9. He has received multiple awards at Oracle for product innovation and advancement in addition to having co-designed patent-pending technology involving the architecture of the new EOne Pages technology in JD Edwards 9. John holds a BS in Computer Science with a concentration in Mathematics from New Mexico State University. His specialties are in Large scale multi-platform software development and design, automated optimizing and scheduling utilization of server resources within a multiplatform ERP framework, multilingual Unicode PDF and e-document generation and formatting, digital typography.

In 2004-05, John and his family discovered and converted to the Holy Orthodox Church. In 2007 he was blessed to be tonsured as an Anagnostis by His Eminence Metropolitan Isaiah of the Metropolis of Denver in the Greek Orthodox Church. He has been serving and learning as a chanter at his parish, St. Catherine Greek Orthodox Church in Greenwood Village, Colorado, since mid-2010 and aspires to learn and serve in the psaltic arts for many more years with God's help. John is delighted to be able to use his knowledge of software engineering to further provide resources for chanters and parishioners in the Church.

While not spending time developing software and chanting, John enjoys spending time with his family, good coffee, reading, photography, and serving as an Assistant Scoutmaster with his son's Orthodox BSA Troop.

John Fury Christ

John Fury Christ is a graduate of Clemson University where he received Bachelors and Masters degrees in Electrical Engineering and a PhD in Computer Science. He formerly served as VP of Development and Chief Technology Officer of DataStream Systems – a publicly traded company that was later purchased by a larger company. Mr. Christ is currently a contractor specializing in Cloud technologies.

Mr. Christ enjoys gardening -- especially irrigation. He likes to build microprocessor controlled gadgets, and he is happiest when his angel turns him around to see the goodness and mercy of the Lord.