David and Celia Dick
David and Celia Dick have served as missionaries with One Mission Society (OMS) 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, his wife Leanne and their daughter, Kathryn, reside in Arizona. Daniel, his wife Ali, and his daughter, Elise, reside in Kentucky.
Following graduation from high school, during the Vietnam War, David served in the U.S. Air Force in Thailand. Celia was a legal secretary and graphic arts composer. Upon discharge from the military, David worked as a manufacturing engineer, and Celia was a medical secretary until they received God’s call on their lives to cross-cultural missions in 1974.
Obeying Christ’s call and in preparation for career missionary service, David enrolled in Asbury College (now Asbury University) where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Bible and biblical languages. 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 as secretary to the academic dean of Asbury Theological Seminary during David’s seminary days and transferred what she learned to the South Pacific where she was seminary librarian and academic registrar.
For 10 years, David and Celia were active in the South Pacific, engaged in evangelism, church planting, and training the sons and daughters of the host country. Dave taught in the seminary and in the evangelism and discipleship ministries, as well as serving 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. and traveling worldwide. Since August 2007, David has been active as vice president at large, continuing to serve OMS in a variety of strategic functions, including, since 2016, the president of the Duewel Literature Trust, a sister organization committed to sharing the inspiration, passion, and challenge of former OMS President, the late Dr. Wesley Duewel.