WGM IMPACT: Embracing the Future

Transformed individuals transforming communities transforming the world

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Tim Rickel

tim rickel 2017 200 2“I like knowing that my work has eternal consequences and that I am directly a part of the fulfilling of the Great Commission through what I do at WGM.”

In his current role as vice president of International Ministries, Tim works to strengthen partnerships with national churches, help missionaries make good transitions to their fields of service, and provide overarching leadership to all the regions where missionaries serve.

Tim’s WGM story began when he was a small child in Junior Prayer Band. At the age of 13, Tim felt the Lord leading him into missions. He was appointed as a missionary to Honduras in 1984. During those rich but intense nine years in Honduras, Tim served as a church planter and as assistant field director and acting field director. During that time, he also met his wife, Laurie, who was then a missionary to Bolivia.

In the U.S. on the support staff side of things, Tim has served in a number of leadership roles, including director of Men With Vision and Media, assistant to the vice president of Field Ministries, vice president of Communication Ministries, and chief operating officer. In 2016, Tim celebrated 30 years of service with WGM. Over the years, he has been influential in unique ways, including pushing WGM in the mid-1990s to establish a web presence and integrating Customer Migration Strategy as an organization-wide cultural shift.

“My top strengths have to do with relationship building,” shared Tim. “That serves me well as I meet with our missionaries and encourage them in their work, helping them work through issues that arise in ministry. I’m also pretty tech savvy, and that certainly helps a lot in this age of using technology to connect and collaborate over large distances.”

Tim and Laurie enjoy camping and spending time with their daughter, Alisa. Tim has traveled extensively, having visited 24 countries where WGM has ministries or missionaries. However, the most exciting thing he has done is leading people to the Lord.

“Missions is the whole theme of the Bible. It is what God has tasked every believer to be a part of. What could possibly be more meaningful than that?”

About WGM's IMPACT 2017 Conference

The WGM IMPACT conference is a bi-annual event hosted by WGM, generally in Marion Indiana.

Our goal?  To advance the mission of Christ by hearing from God, connecting with each other, and learning new and better ways to minister with greater effectiveness.

We begin with registration on the afternoon of Sunday, June 4 at Huntingdon University, then move to Indiana Wesleyan University on Wednesday, June 7.

The conference closes at 2 pm on Friday, June 16.      

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IMPACT 2017 Planning Team

The IMPACT 2017 Planning Team includes:

  • Joy Phillips (lead)
  • Don Moon
  • Nathan Metz
  • John Muehleisen