David and Celia Dick
David and Celia Dick have served as missionaries with the Evangelical Congregational Church under One Mission Society since December 1980. David and Celia originate from western Pennsylvania. They grew up within 10 miles of one another, met during their high school years and married in 1966. They have two adult married sons, Ryan and Daniel. Ryan, his wife Leanne and their daughter, Kathryn, reside in Scottsdale, Arizona. Daniel, his wife Ali and his daughter, Elise, reside in Lexington, Kentucky.
Following graduation from high school, during the Vietnam War, David served in the U.S. Air Force in Thailand, and Celia was a legal secretary and graphic arts composer. Upon discharge from the military, David worked as a manufacturing engineer, and Celia worked as a medical secretary until they received God’s call on their lives to cross-cultural missions.
Obeying Christ’s call and in preparation for career missionary service, David enrolled in college where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Bible and biblical languages. Subsequently, he received his master of divinity degree in world missions and evangelism from Asbury Theological Seminary and a doctor of missiology degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Celia went back to work during David’s seminary days at Asbury Theological Seminary, and from there she transferred what she learned to the mission field in the South Pacific where she served as both seminary librarian and academic registrar.
For 10 years, David and Celia served in the South Pacific, doing evangelism, church planting and training the sons and daughters of the host country. Dave served in the seminary and in the evangelism and discipleship ministries as well as field director. For the next 15 years, David served as the executive director of International Ministries, working out of the World Headquarters in the U.S. but traveling worldwide. Since August 2007, David has served as vice president at large, continuing to travel the world and serve OMS in a variety of strategic functions.