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David and Celia Dick

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David and Celia Dick

Recently retired, David and Celia Dick served as missionaries with One Mission Society (OMS) since December 1980. David and Celia grew up in western Pennsylvania, within 10 miles of one another, met during their high school years, and married in 1966. They were blessed with two sons: Ryan, his wife Leanne and their daughter, Kathryn, reside in Arizona. Daniel 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 worked as 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 in 1974.

In 1975, continuing to obey Christ’s call 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. During David’s seminary days, Celia worked as secretary to the academic dean of Asbury Theological Seminary and transferred what she learned to the South Pacific where she served as academic registrar and seminary librarian.

For their first 10 years with OMS, 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 longest tenured executive director of International Ministries (now Global Ministries) in the first 100 years of OMS history, working out of the world headquarters in the U.S. and traveling worldwide. Beginning in August 2007, David served as vice president at large in a variety of strategic functions, including since 2016, the president of the Duewel Literature Trust, a sister organization committed to sharing classic holiness literature among the most overlooked and underserved linguistic groups in the majority world church. Following retirement in 2022, Dave continues as a volunteer, working on a second unabridged, annotated, and indexed version of All for Jesus: My Life’s Story and Testimony by the late Dr. Wesley L. Duewel.

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