Dr. Paul Barreca is the eighth General Director of Fellowship International Mission. His passion for discipleship grew out of pastoral ministry, as he served for thirty-three years in four churches in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Michigan. He now utilizes his pastoral experience and discipleship tools to assist missionaries and churches through the ministry of FIM.
Paul sensed the Lord’s call into pastoral ministry while he was a teen and entered full-time ministry at the age of 21. He studied at Word of Life Bible Institute, Lancaster Bible College, Michigan Theological Seminary and Clarks Summit University where he earned a Doctor of Ministry degree. He has taught in Bible colleges both in the United States and the Philippines, and is the author of “Follow the Master: A Discipleship Guide for Growing Christians.”
Paul and his wife Kim have three children and seven grandchildren and have been married since 1982. Contact Paul to learn more about discipleship or to have him speak to your church or group.
Francisco de Souza
Director for Missionary Personnel
Francisco de Souza is proactive and visionary for world evangelism. Before joining the home office team in late 1999, he and his wife, Eliane, served as missionaries in Brazil. Francisco’s goal is to model true biblical burden-bearing and then to encourage and train others to do the same. To this end, he also has a graduate degree in counseling and brings not only experience, but training, to his role as Director for Missionary Personnel.
Dr. de Souza specializes in assisting churches. He helps them find, prepare, deploy, and then support and maintain their missionary in effective service. He is a very effective communicator and is available to churches as well as Bible schools and seminaries for advancement of missions and evangelism.
Director for Mobilization
Gary Butler came to the home office in 2001 after he and his wife Nancy had served as missionaries to Brazil for thirteen years. His role as Director for Mobilization makes him responsible for Missionary training and short-term ministries. His computer skills have proved invaluable in the development of a comprehensive database for the mission.
Administrative Assistant for Missionary Personnel
Dean Ressler joined the FIM home office staff in 2004 after he and his wife Ingrid had served as missionaries to Bonaire for 24 years. Born to missionary parents, Dean brings a wealth of missionary experience to the home office staff. Working in the Personnel Department, Dean edits the FIM Connection, maintains contact with MKs, retirees, and singles in the FIM family and assists with personnel records and reporting.
“Mission Mobilizer, Coach and Trainer”
Rick and Carol Hudson have a passion for serving the Lord in missions. They have spent their entire professional lives as missionaries. First, they served as church planters in Mexico; then transitioned to a leadership role with another mission agency before becoming the Midwest representative for Fellowship International Mission. Rick serves in four roles: as a spokesperson for the cause of missions; as a provider of missions resources for churches, mission committees, and individuals; as a developer/coach of future missionary personnel; and as a trainer for those embarking on mission service.