Rick began missionary service in 1981 as a “summer team” missionary to Singapore. After college graduation, he spent another 1 1/2 years in Singapore until August 1983. As a team, Rick and Sue began work in Kenya in 1988. They ran Grace Baptist Bible College from 1991-1997, and have been church planting since 1989. During their tenure in Kenya, they have seen over two thousand come to Christ in various programs related to their ministry. They initially came with Grace Independent Baptist Mission, but transferred to Baptist World Mission in the merger of 1997. In 2009, they began the ministry of Independent Baptist College of Ministry, which trains pastors and church leaders and offering a Bachelors Degree program. In 2012, the college began a Maser’s Degree program, and Sue received the first Master’s Degree in 2014. In 2011, we began assisting a national pastor to plant the Open Bible Baptist Church.
Kenya is a former British colony that gained its independence in 1963. It is a democratic nation with about 30 million people. The country is made up of 54 different tribal groups with separate languages. We work in the heartland of Kenya's largest tribe, the Kikuyu, but the area is rapidly growing and becoming tribally diverse. The economy is agriculturally based with coffee, tea and cut flowers being the major products. Thika, Kenya, is a town of about 40,000, situated 25 miles north of Kenya's capitol, Nairobi. Jumapili Baptist Church (started in 1999) is the second independent Baptist church in the immediate area of Thika. We see the need for several more local churches being started in this growing town center as God provides personnel and resources.