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Hugh & Martine Wessel


Mission to the World

Church Planting


Hugh and Martine met in 1969 while Hugh was serving in the United States Army in Munich, Germany. They were converted at L'Abri in Switzerland in 1972, and were married by their pastor, Francis Schaeffer, in 1973.

The Wessels have been serving with Mission to The World since 1979. Their initial charge: church planting, evangelism and church renewal. The second term the Wessels founded the Marseille Team. In 1989 Hugh was made country director for France, and supervised teams with CoMission in Ukraine.

In 1995 Hugh was asked to be European regional director for MTW, giving oversight to church-planting teams, opening new fields and training missionaries.

Currently, Hugh has moved into a role of consultant for research and development. In addition, he trains French pastors and laypeople in evangelism; gives oversight to French church plants; and preaches, teaches and lectures throughout France. He serves on various boards and commissions in France.

Finally, through the use of advance teams, he helps MTW open new fields. Martine has ministered through teaching Sunday school, using their home extensively for hospitality, and leading women's Bible studies.