Arnie grew up in Wisconsin and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Prior to going into missions, he worked for six and a half years as a soil scientist. Arnie also earned an M.S. degree in Soil Science from Montana State University. His wife Lora Jean grew up in Montana and obtained a B.S. degree in agricultural engineering from Montana State University.
Arnie and Lora Jean began working overseas full-time in 1990. Arnie has worked in teaching, research, and community development during his time in East Asia.