Rick and Ruth Odess

Short-Term Teams

Service Area: Specialized Ministries

Role: Short-term Teams Coordinator, Disaster Relief

Ministry Focus

Unlike most missionaries that are called to a particular location, Rick and Ruth lead short-term mission trips to wherever there is a need and the Lord leads them. So far, this has included Central America and inner-city North America. They have also participated in STM trips to South America, North Africa and Cambodia. They are looking forward to leading trips to additional Mission Door missionaries in Mexico, South America, and other regions of Africa.

Collaborating with indigenous missionaries and local churches to understand their vision, they endeavor 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.

God has been leading Rick and Ruth to this place of missions since 2002, using mission trips to North Africa, Cambodia and Central America, as well as events in their personal lives, all with the intent of confirming His call on their lives.

Faith Story

Rick grew up in a modern Jewish home, attending synagogue only occasionally. In his teens, he was confronted with the claims and reality of Christ, along with evidences of pure love and acceptance. In responding to 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. The Lord brought the two of them together as only He could.


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 www.ricknruth.org