Dick & Nancy have served on the medical mission field for decades including long stints in Kenya and Nairobi. They now counsel Wycliffe ministry staff who serve locally and globally.
Dick finished medical school in 1971, anticipating a career in traditional medical missions. However, while working with Native American communities in the US, he became interested in the behavioral sciences and eventually completed a residency in Psychiatry at Duke University in 1981 with a specialty in Geriatric Psychiatry. Dick then held a teaching position at the Medical College of Georgia from 1981-1992 teaching psychiatry. During that time he learned that Wycliffe had pioneered in providing counseling to members and he began volunteering on weekends at the JAARS center in North Carolina. He and Nancy joined Wycliffe in 1990 and moved to Nairobi in 1993. Dick has served as the SIL Africa Area Coordinator since that time. He provides psychiatric and counseling services from Tumaini Counseling Center in Nairobi and travels and consults as needed. He co-authored the book, “Healing the Wounds of Trauma: How the Church Can Help” and facilitates training workshops based on the book. He has special interests in grief, trauma, conflict mediation, and the integration of Christianity and psychology.
Nancy’s first missions experience was as a nurse in a hospital in Ecuador which helped to forge a commitment to cross-cultural ministry. While anticipating a return to Latin America, she met Dick during graduate school and they were married in 1986. After a year in seminary and further training in Dallas, they moved to Nairobi in 1993 to serve the missions community in a counseling ministry. She served as a leader in Bible Study Fellowship in Nairobi, as a trainer and facilitator for Sharpening Your Interpersonal Skills (SYIS) workshops, in administrative roles at Tumaini Counseling Center, and as Advisory Committee Chair for the Africa Group. In 2007, Nancy and Dick moved to Wheaton, IL where she completed an M.A. in Clinical Psychology. They returned to Nairobi in October 2009 and Nancy has joined the staff at Tumaini Counseling Center as a counselor. Her particular counseling interests are working with couples and children as well as exploring ways of supporting our African colleagues who are working cross-culturally.
Focus Points/Highlights of Ministry:
- Counseling Wycliffe staff who serve locally and globally.
- Consulting with mission leaders on challenging personnel situations.
- Facilitating Scripture-based trauma healing training.
- Pray for wisdom in counseling cross-cultural ministry staff, both locally assigned and those who work globally.
- Pray for the development and piloting of trauma healing materials for military veterans and their families.
- Pray for a sustainable trauma healing ministry in Ukraine.
- Pray that we would develop friendships and a community as we’ve recently moved to the Waxhaw area.
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