Art Mulder was born in 1930 as the youngest of seven children to Peter and Hattie Mulder. The family raised cattle and sold the meat to stores throughout the Holland, Michigan area. Art graduated fromGrand Rapids School of the Bible and Music and New Tribes Mission and language school. In1959, Art and his wife, Esther, left as missionaries toPanama with Philip and Peter in tow. Hanz and Laura were born while serving abroad.