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.
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.
Cynthia is an adult educator and global ministry leader with specialties in partner and program development. She was raised and has served in various countries in Latin America, Europe, the Caribbean and Asia, experiences which have instilled in her a heart committed to cross-cultural ministry and developing leaders. Most recently she served as International Director for Crossroads Prison Ministries. She and her husband Eugene currently live in Wisconsin and have three grown children who have blessed them with several grandchildren.
Director of Operations
For over ten years John was the CEO/President of a small web development firm in Fort Worth, TX. John is a graduate of Toccoa Falls College with a degree in Biblical Studies and has completed 5 Ironman races. He and his wife Laura have three children and live in North Carolina.
Communications and Training Director
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 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.