HFC Missionaries

We desire to participate in the Great Commission of Christ to “go and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19). We do this though equipping our local congregation and through sending out global, cross-cultural servants (missionaries), that they may represent Christ, share the good news, and make disciples in their contexts.

We aim to do more than just provide financial support to missionaries; we want to truly partner in the gospel with them (Philippians 1:5) through prayer and intentional actions to care for our cross-cultural workers.

The missionaries listed below serve through diverse areas of work, serving as musicians, physicians, graphic artists, teachers, and engineers (just to name a few). What they share in common is a desire to be used by God, wherever they are, to see others come to faith and maturity in Jesus Christ. Some missionaries listed below are in areas where we cannot openly share about their presence. This is not out of fear or shame, but is to enable them to continue their ministry and to protect the people with whom they work.

If you would like to communicate with a missionary, if you are wondering how to become more involved in missions, or if you have other questions, contact Dave HyattSix ways to Reach God’s World is another helpful resource.


Jon & Melissa Eager, Tanzania

Eager 2016

Serving with: Africa Inland Mission (AIM)

Jon and Melissa are members of our congregation. They have been serving the Usandawe and Barabaig people in the area of Magambua, Tanzania, since 2005. Jon is one of the few medical doctors in their immediate area. He is the Medical Supervisor of two health facilities in the AICT Dispensary and Pahi Dispensary. Jon provides continuing education for his team of medical assistants who are trained to do medical procedures, testing and counseling patients for HIV, first aid and community health. They host mobile medical clinics in five villages in the surrounding area, and they share the gospel with unreached people. They hold two eye clinics each year for treatments for various eye conditions. Also, Jon serves as the AICT Usandawe Medical Services Director, through which he is involved in rural medical outreach. Melissa also develops relationships with the local women.


There are some countries in the world where it is dangerous for missionaries and for Christians. Because of the sensitive nature of work in these countries, we do not post the missionaries’ last names or country of focus, or their organizations online.

P & C


P— and C— have been part of our global ministry family since 2005. They have developed three models for business. P— is a chairman who oversees and participates in the ministry of the Healthy Foundations team, bringing the power of Christ to centers of influence in areas such as healthcare, education, business, family, and the Church. A family practice provides opportunity for C— to teach at the local university, to practice medicine, and to provide care in a local leprosy village. C— is also a Medical Ministry Program Director, and she oversees and participates in the healthcare ministry of the team.

J & K


J— and K— joined our group of cross-cultural workers in 2005. They work with Scripture translation and the use of culturally-relevant tools to communicate the Scripture. K— and J—’s work among a particular people group is progressing with the help of a growing team. For example, a 40-week curriculum set of Sunday School materials surveying the biblical redemption story from creation to the life of Christ is being written. This includes 40 sets of story booklets, videos, lesson plans, songs, and activities which will be used initially in fellowships and other places where there are people who speak in the particular language of interest.

R & C


R— and C— joined the Hershey Free Church mission family in 1991. They serve faithfully in a complex cultural and religious group. Relationships provide opportunities to share Christ and to touch the hearts of people in these groups. R— and C— network believers for fellowship, contextual worship and music, training in evangelism, Bible study, and to grow in spiritual transformation. C— ministers through prayer and friendship evangelism.

P & R


P— and R— work to catalyze indigenous church planting movements among 10 of the most unreached people groups in Central Asia. They help these groups to possess, actively engage with, obey, and pass on God’s Word, spurred along by their culturally-relevant, indigenous arts and music. P— and R— also train and coach Eurasia teams in Disciple Making Movement biblical fundamentals. This includes training in how to use the culturally relevant arts to help groups of disciples to make more groups of disciples.

D & A


D— and A— have been serving as part of the Hershey Free mission family since 1987 and are members of the church. Their ministry assignments have included 13 years in the Philippines, where they planted several churches and established a training center; and almost two decades in Southeast Asia where they helped to establish churches and—along with national pastors—established a Bible College. D— serves as the mentor and equipper for national pastors, continues to teach at the training center in Manila once a year, and pioneers work with nationals in the areas where there are no believers. A— continues research in the area of human trafficking and how to effectively help women find a viable means of income.

T & M


T— and M— joined the Hershey Free global family in 1994. They are Ethnomusicology and EthnoArts Coordinators and Consultants for Southeast Asia and Asia. M— and T— are also Senior Arts Consultants for SIL International. Through their ministry, minority language communities are encouraged to use their own expressive art forms—which are their traditional communication tools—as a bridge into meaningful worship, Scripture engagement, literacy development, Bible story-telling, and more.

L & D


L— and D— have been part of the Hershey Free Church mission family since 2001. They are part of a Global Ministry Partnership in Southeast Asia. Among other hats he wears, L— is the Asia Business Manager for ReachGlobal; he oversees the financial accountability structure for ministry expense accounts, budgets, salary, and transfer of project funds. L— and D— participate in prayer walks and support groups who are working against human-trafficking in Southeast Asia.

M & G


M— and G— joined the Hershey Free family of international workers in June 2012. They are from the Lancaster area and are part of the consortium of Free Churches in this area. M— is a medical doctor, and he volunteers at a medical clinic that focuses on providing care for the poor in a holistic way. M— also goes to remote villages of an unreached people group where he provides medical care. G— builds relationship with the women, conducts Bible studies, and offers hospitality to local people for meals and fellowship. The children help with the ministry as they naturally befriend other children.

G & J


G— and J— are members of Hershey Free and joined the Hershey Free global family in 2017. God has called them to Central Asia. During the next few years, they will be immersed in language study, working with a local church to disciple believers, and engaging with the community through educational and business opportunities.


Harry & Eileen Bettig, The Netherlands

Bettig 2015 2016

Serving with: TWR

Harry serves as director of the Media Services Department for Trans World Radio Europe, which also includes the Middle East, Central Asia, and North Africa. All administrative activities and information for these areas are directed through this department so that TWR-cooperating broadcasters, national partners, and various language departments are properly served in their broadcast, programming, and production needs. Eileen serves as a Ministry Partnership Development (support-raising) trainer, coach, and program developer.

Jozef & Margareta Gabor, Slovakia/Austria

Serving with: Trans World Radio (TWR)

Jozef came to Hershey Free in 1990 after escaping from communist-held Czechoslovakia a few years earlier. Jozef serves in many facets of ministry; he is the Director for Media Development at TWR Media in Slovakia, an adjunct professor at Evangelical Theological Seminary, the Chairman of the mission board for YFC, and he provides leadership at the International Chapel of Vienna in Austria. Through these roles, Jozef also prepares training seminars for TWR, trains nationals in developing language-specific Christian radio programs, and organizes the annual Youth Fest in Slovakia which draws over 6,000 people. He is a key leader and is a sought after contributor to Christian media conferences in both the US and Europe. Margareta and their daughters are active in evangelism and serve the Lord through several different ministries.

Mike & Loralee Hill, Germany


Serving with: Black Forest Academy (BFA)

Mike is a member of Hershey Free and served in the youth and worship ministries for almost 15 years before heading to serve at BFA in 1995 as a piano teacher and music theory teacher. He leads worship at the Black Forest Christian Fellowship—sometimes solo from the piano and sometimes with worship teams of students and adults. Loralee teaches German 3 and AP German and is the senior class advisor, whose role is to walk with the seniors through their year of transition. Loralee is also involved in event planning for the school and meets daily with women in the German community.

Rich & Barb Leary, Hungary

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Serving with: Cru

The Learys became part of the Hershey Free Church mission family in 1985. Rich is serving as the Eastern Europe LeaderImpact Team Leader for Cru. Barb serves as the Associate Team Leader alongside Rich. The objective of LeaderImpact is to reach, engage, and equip leaders in every sphere of society. Rich & Barb are responsible for all of these ministries in their area of 20 eastern European countries. Rich and Barb coach, mentor, and equip staff and volunteer leaders to lead LeaderImpact ministries in 9 of the 20 countries.

Sarah Leonard, Albania

Serving with: Christar

Sarah grew up in Hershey Free Church. During her junior year at Messiah College, Sarah participated in a short-term ministry to the International Christian School in Albania. She began to feel a call to serve as a teacher at the school. Consequently, Sarah began teaching in the fall of 2012. Presently, Sarah is a Physical Education Teacher, and she helps with the high school girls’ sports and Bible study group; and she continues to build relationships with Albanians. She teaches her students the basic subjects they need to learn in school, while also instilling biblical principles and values into the classroom and the lives of her students.

Mihai & Lidia Malancea, Moldova

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Serving with: University Divitia Gratiae

Mihai and Lidia have been part of the Hershey Free global family since 2001. Mihai is the Academic Dean of the Divitia Gratiae University in Chisinau, Moldova, one of the Hershey Free Global Ministry Partnerships. He also serves as the main leader of a local body of believers. The university hosts extension schools in sensitive countries to equip leaders through onsite education. Graduates of the university were instrumental in laying the groundwork for the extension classes.

Serghei & Svetlana Namesnic, Moldova

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Serving with: University Divitia Gratiae

Serghei is the President of the College of Theology and Education. He also pastors the Christian Baptist Church in the village of Cricova, on the outskirts of Chisinau. The college began in 1998 with a focus on training nationals from Central Asia to be church planters and pastors. All of the CTE leaders travel to Central Asia where they teach courses in the extension schools. Many of the Central Asian leaders find that they are targets for persecution and they often end up in prison.

Igor Petrov

Serving with: Trinity Video Seminary (TVSeminary)

Igor was introduced to the Hershey Free Church mission family when we began our ministry in Russia in the 1990s. Igor completed his doctoral work at Trinity International in 2006.

Igor directs and coordinates the development of curriculum for the master level courses for the Trinity Video Seminary. He provides theological and educational expertise in other TVSeminary courses, and he coordinates new evangelical churches via the Ministerial Council. He also provides guidance for camp, orphanage, and prison ministries. Additionally, Igor mentors TVSeminary graduates wherever they are serving.

Vitaly & Marina Petrov

Serving with: Trinity Video Seminary (TVSeminary)

Vitaly is the Director of the Trinity Video Seminary (TVSeminary). He has been a vital link to Hershey Free’s ministry in Russia since 1995. With his cultural expertise and burden to train Russians for the work of the ministry, he provided vision and cultural understanding in the development and transition of the previous residential school to the video seminary. TVSeminary provides both bachelor’s and master’s level programs. TVSeminary distributes the courses in more than 150 countries, including the areas of Australia, European countries, Central Asian countries, Russia, the USA, and Israel. Pastors and key leaders from different regions of Russia organize the distance learning opportunities for people in their home countries.

Bob & Miriam Phillips, The Netherlands

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Serving with: Serge (Formerly World Harvest Mission)

Bob and Miriam have been part of the Hershey Free Church mission family since 1993, contributing to the spread of the gospel in the Amsterdam area where only 1–3% of people attend any church at all. They served 10 years in Dutch language church-planting movements; then from 2004 to 2017 in leadership roles at the English language Crossroads International Church with 40+ nationalities; as well as training church-planters, evangelists, and missionaries in broader networks.

Their current roles as Training Specialists with Serge in evangelism, arts outreach, and leadership development are opening up unique opportunities to multiply ministry by investing in the next generations. Resourcing missionaries globally while being based in the Netherlands enables them to continue to resource local ministry leaders as well, building on relationships established over decades.

North America/Worldwide

There are many reasons for missionaries to be located in the USA. Some missionaries are based in the United States, but they travel to other countries to train and to equip national leaders; national leaders are better able to reach their own countries. There are missionaries who train and send Latin American missionaries to areas where Western missionaries are not well received. Some missionaries lead training and short-term teams to areas where they have an ongoing, long-term relationship. Still others serve on college campuses and serve specific demographic populations in the USA.

Christian & Ximena Aguilar, Harrisburg

Serving with: EFCA Eastern District

The Aguilars are church planters of Vida Life Bilingual Church in Harrisburg, PA. Their vision is to plant and pastor a bilingual (Spanish/English), multi-ethnic church. With strong gifting in evangelism, the Aguilars reach many first generation Christians in neighborhoods that have been generally untouched by church outreach. Christian’s vision is to “touch, transform, testify,” the community in the name of Christ. When asked how Hershey Free can help, Christian responds, “Be with us.”

Valerie A., NYC

Althouse 2015

Valerie grew up in Hershey Free Church. She has been working with international students in New York City since​ January 2006. As the New York City Area ​​​Director for International Students, Inc., Valerie reaches out to students through evangelism and discipleship. In her role, she ​overseas 13 staff in 7 locations, and she leads an outreach team at LaGuardia Community College. Valerie trains staff, volunteers, and local churches in disciple-making methods. Her additional responsibilities include raising funds for the expanding NYC ministries and recruiting new staff to fill key ministry positions. Valerie founded CoMovement, a network of international student ministers in NYC, whose vision is that the 90,000 international students in the NYC metro area are exposed to the gospel.

Kirk & Dannel Blackwell

Blackwells 2016

Serving with: Avant Ministries

In 2015, Kirk and Dannel completed their role as team leaders for the Short Cycle Church Planting team in Koper, Slovenia, where they had been serving since 2009. They continue to assist Avant’s work in India, through in-country training and the development of church planters. Avant has relocated the Blackwells to the USA, where Kirk is serving as the Director of Training.

David & Shawna Boerema

Serving with: Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA)

David and Shawna are members of Hershey Free Church and recently joined our mission family. For 20 years they have served in local church student ministry, including Pastor for Student Ministries at Hershey Free Church. They are passionate about helping students take the next steps in their walk with Jesus. They serve with EFCA, leading APEX domestic short-term mission experiences for student groups. David also directs student ministries for the EFCA Eastern District.

Ray & Merle Brubaker

Brubaker 2014

Serving with: Wycliffe Bible Translators

The Brubakers were accepted as members of Wycliffe in April 1980 and served in Indonesia from 1982-1993. They returned to serve in the aviation department at JAARS in Waxhax, North Carolina. Ray is an Aviation Engine Overhaul Shop Manager, and Merle is a Software Distribution Secretary. During their ministry with Wycliffe they have seen over 400 New Testaments and several complete Bibles translated for international minority groups. The Wycliffe vision is to have a translation in every language in progress by 2025.

Paul Davis

Serving with: Reformed University Fellowship (RUF)

Paul is serving a two-year internship with Reformed University Fellowship (RUF). RUF is a campus ministry which strives to serve in this unique age of a student’s life, exploring together how the Lordship of Christ informs every area of life. Paul serves alongside the campus pastor at the University of Washington in Seattle. His goals are to connect with students, build relationships, and share the words and works of Jesus.

Larry & Lula

Serving with: Pioneers

Larry and Lula have served 17 years in Southeast Asia and eight years in the Lancaster area. Larry is the US Area Leader for International Immigrant Ministry for Pioneers, and Larry and Lula serve as trainers for cross-cultural church planters while they are still in the US. This training helps the candidates to learn about the culture, to learn how to interact in an appropriate way, and to learn things about themselves that could hinder the work on the field. Larry and Lula work among the refugee community in Lancaster. They serve as leaders in training seminars in Orlando at the Pioneers office and coach Pioneers Teams overseas.

Brent & Jen Hautle

Hautle 2015

Serving with: Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF)

Brent grew up in Hershey Free Church and has been part of our mission family since 2002. Brent is a graphic designer in the International Ministries department, based at the CEF headquarters. He trains European CEF workers in the use of multimedia and the graphic design software that they use to produce new materials in different languages across Europe. Brent designs materials for a variety of ministries, and he is on the local CEF committee. CEF International ministers to over 20 million children in many countries, and thousands of children take their first steps of faith as a result of CEF. Jen’s main duty is homeschooling, but she also volunteers with the local CEF chapter.

Dan & Laurie Knapke

Knapke 2015

Serving with: Christian Union

Dan and Laurie are members of Hershey Free Church. They began ministry in 2006 with Christian Union as campus ministry leaders at Princeton University. Christian Union is a Christian leadership development ministry that currently works within Ivy League schools and strategic US cities. The philosophy of ministry for Christian Union is to prepare men and women for Christian service as top executives in business and also in government positions. In 2016, Dan changed to part-time ministry with Christian Union, focusing on supporting the CEO.  Simultaneously, the Knapkes are starting a new Christian organization.

Mark & Denise Lewis

Serving with: ReachGlobal Crisis Response

Mark and Denise Lewis, missionaries with ReachGlobal, serve the EFCA and ReachGlobal as the International Crisis Response Director. They lead a team that provides expertise and resources for crisis preparedness, equipping, and response, to transform communities and make disciples in the wake of crisis. Mark also serves as a part of the ReachGlobal’s Middle East/North Africa Lead Team. Additionally, Mark serves a variety of international partners in the areas of organizational development, vision clarity, and leader development. They have three children (Emily, Kara, and Caleb) and reside in Louisiana.​

Greg & Sherry Lorei

Serving with: Wycliffe Bible Translators

Greg and Sherry have been members of Hershey Free since the early 1980s and part of our mission family since 1996. Greg is the Media Templates Coordinator within the Vernacular Media Services of Wycliffe Bible Translators. He manages the development of Bible Story Video Templates and the Story Producer App. Both products help the nationals translate Bible stories in order to create videos that are shared from person to person via cell phones.

Greg’s dream is to one day start a collaborative website for the creation of animations to express the entire Bible visually. This would potentially aid Bible translation and help communicate to cultures that are becoming less able to read but more hungry for—and more adept at—understanding visuals.

Dave & Denise Love

Serving with: FIM (Faith International Mission)

The Loves have been part of our mission family since 2000. After 11 years of ministry in Colombia, the political violence forced them to leave in 2002. Dave is the Academic Dean at Rio Grande Bible Institute, a fully accredited four-year Bible College in Spanish by the Association for Biblical Higher Education. Students from 18 countries receive scholarships to prepare for ministry in their home countries. In the last year Dave and Denise have seen the Lord open doors for Latino students to minister in Muslim countries because of similarity in culture.

Pablo & Leyla Martinez

Serving with: Hope in Christ Church (Iglesia Esperanza En Cristo)

Pablo and Leyla are church planters with Hope in Christ Church, a bilingual church in Grantville, PA. Originally from Chile, the Martinez family moved to Pennsylvania three years ago to minister among the Hispanic community in the Grantville area, which includes over 700 Spanish-speaking employees and their families associated with the Hollywood Casino and Penn National Race Course. They are excited to see people who have never been part of a church take their first steps in faith.

Andrew Nilson, Boston


Serving with: Cru

Andrew Nilson is a Campus Ministry Team Leader with Cru (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ). He and his team live and serve in the Boston area, serving Boston College, Wellesley College, Brandeis University, Bentley University, and Babson College. In addition to leading the team, Andrew ministers at Bentley University (his alma mater). Andrew works closely with students in discipleship relationships, small group Bible studies, and at the annual retreats that Cru hosts for students. He hopes to use the gospel to reach students who will go on to be leaders in industries around the world. Andrew is pursuing a Masters in Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary with the intention of developing further for ministry. He currently serves as a Ministry Assistant for his home church, Charles River Church, in Boston.  His journey in ministry has been characterized by Jeremiah 10:23, “I know, O LORD, that a man’s life is not his own; it is not for man to direct his steps.”

Glen & Betty Osborn

Osborn 2016

Serving with: China Outreach Ministries (COM)

Glen is serving as the Minister at Large of China Outreach Ministries (COM) and became part of our mission family in 2002. Today over 300,000 Mainland Chinese graduate students and scholars study or do research in the United States and Canada. The goal of COM is to develop relationships with students and to show them the love of Christ that will open doors to share God’s love through the gospel. New believers are discipled and trained in the Christian faith, preparing them to be multiplying Christian leaders when they return to China.

Alan & Sheri Penman


Serving with: Cru

Sheri and Alan Penman have served with Cru (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ) for several decades and have worked internationally and in the US. Alan recently became involved with the Global Prayer Team with Cru, through which they intercede and encourage others in dependence on the Lord in prayer. Alan and Sheri provide guidance and missionary care for the young adults who are seeking to find God’s place for them in ministry. Sheri grew up in Hershey Free Church, and as a college student worked with CCC. As a couple they have been working with CCC since 1981 serving both in the US and internationally. Alan provides member care for Americans serving in East Asia, and Sherri prepares dual-nationality couples for ministry by helping them through the cultural differences that they will face in marriage and ministry. At any given time she is working with 10-12 such couples.

Kent & Jan Reimer

Reimer 2014

Serving with: WorldVenture

Kent and Jan have been part of the Hershey Free missionary family since 1979. They first served in Alaska and Brazil as church planters. Presently, Kent is a Church and Campus Mission Coach; they inspire missions in churches, serve as coaches for the next generation of missionaries, and they serve as consultants who help the local church to develop their mission program. The Reimers travel from place to place in the Midwest and Northwest and set-up their mobile home where they are coaching and training church leaders.

Dale & Susan Slusser

Serving with: Helps Ministries

Dale began attending Hershey Free Church when he lived in the Milton Hershey School (MHS). He came to Christ through CEF in his MHS student home, and his house-father encouraged discipleship.  Dale’s heart for ministry grew with him, and in 1987 he became part of our mission family. Dale serves as a draftsman in designing buildings for Christian ministries. He is the Program Director of Architectural Planning and Design Ministry. This ministry dramatically reduces the cost for organizations when they are in need of additional buildings or completely new facilities. Helps Ministries works for organizations in the US, Latin America, Europe and Africa. Dale is also an author and is working on his third book.

Laura-Jean Watson

Watson 2016

Serving with: ReachGlobal Crisis Response

Laura-Jean Watson has been a Hershey Free missionary since 2013. She is a Trauma Care Team Member and Communications Assistant for ReachGlobal Crisis Response; as such, she takes photos at response locations, organizes ministry videos, creates brochures and promotional materials, develops displays, and writes articles and blogs. She makes these multimedia items available as needed for Crisis Response, ReachGlobal, Evangelical Free Church of America correspondents, missionaries, and churches. There is also a very relational aspect to her ministry as she welcomes interns, cares for needs the needs of international guests, and converses with people to learn their stories.

Gene & Linda Wilson


Serving with: ReachGlobal

Resources for Church Planters: http://www.globalchurchplanting.net/

Gene and Linda became part of the Hershey Free mission family in 2001. Gene serves with ReachGlobal as the Director of Church Planting.  He develops and equips both people and support systems for the multiplication of healthy, transformational churches around the globe.  Gene works with key leaders from Latin America, Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Middle East by fostering partnerships with national leaders and through the coaching and training of both staff and nationals for church multiplication.

South and Central America

Julie Bixler

Serving with: WEC International

Julie has been a part of Hershey Free Church since early childhood. When she was 13, her youth group offered an opportunity to do a missions trip in Harrisburg. The youth leaders took them to a youth missions conference where the speakers talked about the need for missionaries to tell people about Jesus in places where they haven’t heard of him. Psalm 2:8 says, “Ask me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of earth your possession.” Julie received a confident joy and was called to missions. She prepared for the next 10 years through Hershey Free Church, Columbia International University for Bible and Intercultural Studies, and graduate school for Teaching English as a Foreign Language at CIU. In 2014, she joined WEC to be the Assistant to the Directors of the new Latino Missionary Training and Sending, as well as a teacher for missionary kids.

Blair & Joan McGwire, Peru

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Serving with: ReachGlobal

Joan and Blair have been members of Hershey Free since 1995 and missionaries since 2005. While serving on the Mission Council for nine years, Blair developed a vision to take the gospel to those who have not had the opportunity to hear. He served as the team leader for a youth team trip to Peru in 2000 and returned with a vision to help the Evangelical Missionary Church in Pucallpa work toward their goal of reaching the unreached tribes along the Ucayali River. In the past 10 years they brought the gospel to over 60 villages and, presently, native Shipibos are taking the Oralidad training to take the gospel to tribal people living deeper inland.

Tim & Debbie McIntosh, Peru

McIntosh 2016

Serving with: Converge

Tim and Debbie are members of Hershey Free and have been serving as missionaries in Lima, Peru, for 33 years. They currently live in Philadelphia, with Tim leading the leadership department of ProMETA, an online Master’s program in Spanish that has students in 23 countries. His passion is teaching in the leadership program, having earned a Ph.D. in organizational leadership. Tim believes leadership training is the number one need in Latin America. He is also the COO of the ministry, heading five administrative teams. Additionally, he is the Director of Distance Education at USEL. Debbie continues to counsel individuals, couples, and families Place of Refuge in Philadelphia.