Freedom to Lead International® is supported by people like you who want to see the multiplication of healthy churches, that are led by Christ-centered leaders among storycentric communities around the world.

Rick Sessoms

Founder / CEO

Rick has been a missionary, pastor, educator, and mission executive. He holds a Master of Divinity, Doctor of Ministry, and a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership. He has provided organizational consulting and leadership coaching throughout Asia, Africa, the Americas, and Europe. Rick and his wife Tina have two grown children and live in North Carolina.

Michelle Sessoms

International Field Ministries

Michelle has been a missionary, educator, cross-cultural trainer, administrator, and writer. She holds a Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies. Michelle has spent significant time living in East Africa, Central Asia, and Southeast Asia. After a decade being involved in campus ministry at universities across China, she now resides in North Carolina.

Margy DeWitt

Finance Administrator

Margy has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. She is excited to come alongside the rest of the FTL team as they equip storycentric Christians worldwide for leadership in the church. At an early age, Margy felt the Lord’s call on her life to combine her love for Him with her passion for missions and business. Her work at FTL enables her to combine all three. Margy is married to Chip DeWitt and they have three grown sons.

José and France-Lise Oliveira

West Africa Program Facilitators

José Oliveira was born in the Cape Verde Islands, and grew up in Senegal, West Africa. He studied theology in France and missiology in the USA. He has served as a pastor and as Director of United World Mission in Senegal.

France-Lise was born and raised in Guadeloupe. Jose and France-Lise met in France and were married. In 1997, they co-founded and led Mission Inter Senegal, a holistic church planting agency, for fifteen years. With over three decades of ministry experience, the Oliveiras are now focused on developing and encouraging leaders as well as counseling and matrimonial coaching throughout West Africa. The Oliveiras have three children and three grandchildren.

Our Team March 25, 2012