Rick and Ruth Odess

Short-Term Teams

Service Area: Specialized Ministries

Role: Short-term Teams Coordinator

Ministry Focus

Rick leads North American churches on short-term missions to Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, Southeast Asia, as well as inner-city America.

Collaborating with indigenous Missionaries and local churches to understand their vision, Rick endeavors to help North American Christians serve their Majority World brothers and sisters, while they expand their own horizons and view of Christ and His people. Ruth serves alongside him as they serve God together.

God has led Rick and Ruth since 2002 to this place of missions, combining a prayer walk in North Africa with missions to Cambodia and Central America, as well as events in their personal lives, all with the intent of placing this burden on their hearts.

Faith Story

Rick grew up in a modern Jewish home, attending synagogue only occasionally. In his teens, he was confronted with the claims of Christ, and evidences of pure love and acceptance. In accepting Christ, he became complete in Him. Jesus has been his constant source of comfort through life’s ups and downs.

Ruth grew up in a Christian home, and accepted the Lord between the rows of carrots and corn in the family garden. She, too, has relied on Jesus for strength and stability through life’s twists and turns.


Rick and Ruth live in New Hampshire, and are the parents of five grown children, all with families of their own. Their web site is wwwdotricknruthdotorg.