It is the mission of Rejoice Ministries International that every believer would “be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge”.
History of Rejoice Ministries International
While worshipping on a Sunday morning in the Spring of 1995, Dick Dungan heard the Lord speak to his heart these words, you are Rejoice Ministries, a ministry of encouragement. A few months later the Lord showed him clearly that Colossians 2:2,3 was the purpose for the rest of his life. Thus, Rejoice Ministries International was born.
The ministry of RMI was originally focused on serving the local church through the preaching and teaching of the Word of God and challenging men to become spiritual leaders. However, that quickly changed when Dick was invited to several other countries to bring teaching and encouragement. From then on, RMI has been involved in all three-dimensions of the Body of Christ.
Trans-locally, several Pastors invited Dick to come and encourage and minister to their congregations. For several of these Pastors, Dick became a mentor and encourager to them which has led to long-term relationships and ministry with churches across the USA. He especially ministered to Men on topics of character such as purity of heart, biblical manhood, and overcoming passivity. This led to developing a ministry for fathers and sons and the importance of receiving and walking in the Father’s blessing.
Internationally, RMI began partnering with a ministry that networks and mobilizes missionaries for China and SE Asia. After a few short years he began focusing on offering pastoral care to those he and others had mobilized. They needed care so that they would survive the pressure and struggles of life in difficult areas of the world. This began the international pastoral care ministry of RMI.
Throughout the ministry of Dick and Mary significant relationships began to be deeply established. Within these relationships it became clear that others had the same heart and passion of Dick and Mary. This would begin a new transition and expansion of RMI. Currently, RMI consists of a team of 10 associates who have the same heart and vision as its founders and are ministering together in all three dimensions of the Body of Christ.
Today, Dick and Mary continue to encourage many in the Body of Christ. They have a heart to invest in the next generations of Kingdom leaders. RMI is no longer a mom and pop ministry. With an engaged Board of Directors and a team of mature associates RMI has a significant future. Rejoice Ministries International is an expanding ministry that holds to the core values of its founders; to encourage, equip and lead believers into a full relationship with Jesus Christ, a revelation of the Father’s heart and to minister in the power of the Holy Spirit. Dick and Mary are ministers of Fellowship of Connected Churches & Ministries in Euless, Texas.
Richard and Mary DunganRejoice Ministries International was founded by Dick Dungan in 1995 as a ministry of encouragement to the Body of Christ. Dick responded to the call of God on his life at age thirty-nine after spending the early years of his adult life in the corporate world. Since 1982 he has been involved in pastoral ministry as well as international missions in Hungary, Romania, Russia, Sweden, China, SE Asia, Germany, Guatemala, Honduras as well as Malawi and Kenya in Africa.
Dick carries an anointing to come along side of pastors, missionaries and ministry leaders to strengthen them in their personal walk with the Lord as well as assist them in training up the next generation of Kingdom leaders. Additionally, God has given Dick a mandate to “call men up” into biblical manhood impacting their lives as husbands, fathers and spiritual leaders in their families, the church and their communities.
Over the years God has given Dick a tremendous love for the beauty and diversity of the Body of Christ throughout the world resulting in a deep burden for unity, revival and empowerment to fulfill the Great Commission!
Dick and his wife, Mary have been married over fifty-three years, have three married children, ten grandchildren and reside in Norfolk, NE.
Grady and Sandy StropPrior to becoming the Executive Director with Rejoice Ministries, Grady served at Lincoln Christian Fellowship in Lincoln, Nebraska, for over 24 years, 18 of which as Sr. Pastor. He has been involved in vocational ministry for over 40 years. Grady has a B.A. in Religion and Philosophy and has earned a M.A. in Biblical Literature. He has been married to Sandy since 1978 and they have seven children and seven grandchildren. The Strops currently travel to many countries offering pastoral care to Christian leaders. Overseas and in the States they are involved in encouraging church leadership and teach on marriage, parenting, spiritual formation and other topics usually dealing with the basics of Christian life.
David and Jennifer KruseDavid and Jennifer Kruse have been part of the RMI team for thirteen years and are our only foreign-based team members. David and Jennifer, and their six children (5 sons & one daughter), served in SE Asia for eight years – two years, originally, from 2001-2003, but they had to return to the USA to provide medical treatment for their fourth son, Hudson, who had contracted leukemia. We praise God for Hudson’s healing and for the return of the Kruse family overseas.
It was during Hudson’s treatment and recovery in Nebraska that God brought clarity to their pastoral calling and leadership gifting and connected them “heart to heart” with Dick and Mary Dungan and Rejoice Ministries International. Living and serving overseas has been in God’s plan for David and Jennifer since they met on the mission field in Peru, South America and married in 1991. Jennifer is the daughter of career missionaries and David received his call to overseas service shortly after coming to Christ in 1984.
David and Jennifer returned to Asia in 2006, but in 2012, felt called to Germany and Black Forest Academy. David and Jennifer are currently in their sixth year as dorm parents at BFA and are using their gifts of hospitality, pastoral care and discipleship to ‘parent’ young men. They love the call to serve missionary families who are serving in Europe, Central Asia and Africa by caring for their sons. They have eighteen “dorm sons” and feel called to raise up the next generation of Godly leaders. Serving at Black Forest Academy also meets the schooling and social needs of their children – three of whom are with them at BFA, while the oldest three are now on their own or in college.
Gregg and Beth StoneGregg and Beth Stone have been RMI associates since 2006. Originally from the East Coast, they met at a Vineyard Christian Fellowship in NJ and have been married for 26 years. Early in their marriage they lived in the Czech Republic as missionaries, working with a Baptist church and teaching English in the community. After returning to the US, they moved to Kansas City MO and were part of a small group of people that helped start The International House of Prayer. Gregg served on staff and as a worship leader at IHOP for 7 years. In 2006, they met Dick and Mary Dungan and immediately connected with RMI’s commitment to strengthen and encourage missionaries on the field.
Over the past 10 years, they have been blessed to walk out many seasons of life with the RMI team. Worship, women’s ministry and international missions trips have been a focus for them. When Beth was diagnosed with cancer in 2014, God shifted their focus to the importance of walking in health; body, soul and spirit, and also of keeping healthy priorities of God: first, family: second and ministry : third. Gregg and Beth are grateful for the journey that God has had them on. They welcome the opportunity to share what they have learned and love to testify of how God healed Beth from cancer. Excited for their future, they have a passion to see people living fully alive and are committed to helping them find the healing and restoration that God has promised. Gregg and Beth also enjoy using their giftings of creativity and hospitality to bless and encourage others.
Bill and Pam GarfieldBill and Pam began their service in missions as church planters in Mexico in 1988. They moved to Russia in 1993 where they lived for 11 years focusing on establishing and rebuilding healthy marriages and families. They taught Biblical principles to many weekly small groups. The Lord blessed and enabled them to start groups in several cities. In 2005, they moved their ministry base to the U.S. and continue to minister to small groups in Russia via Skype and short-term trips. Locally, they lead marriage counseling, discipleship, and weekly marriage lessons. They recently celebrated 30 years of marriage; they treasure their two grown sons, daughter and grandchildren.
Daniel and Amy AsherDaniel and Amy have been married since 2000 and they have 5 wonderful children. Amy is a Stay at Home Homeschooling momma while Daniel works in the family business in Wichita, KS. Daniel is a “missionary kid” with many exciting stories having been born and raised in Nepal. 🙂 He is also keenly aware of the much needed support and encouragement missionaries need while obeying God’s call on their lives.
Daniel has a BA in Bible & Religion from Bethel College. He has been a deacon in his local church for several years and in 2016 became a licensed Pastor with the Missionary Church. He has always had a call of service on his heart and worked with troubled teens for over 10 years. Amy also has always felt a call to minister to those in need and has volunteered at a Gang Outreach in the Chicago area and a local Crisis Pregnancy Center. She currently focuses most of her time serving in their local church and intentionally pouring her life into homeschooling and raising their children to grow into the next generation of “missionaries”!
Daniel & Amy were excited to join Rejoice Ministries in 2013. They have always had a heart for Missions, both internationally and locally, and especially helping others live up to their full potentials in Christ. Daniel & Amy are specifically passionate about couples enjoying the best marriages possible!!
Timothy and Emily MetcalfTimothy and Emily Metcalf are the youngest members of the RMI team. Timothy joined RMI after a year-long internship in 2014. In September of 2017 he married Emily and both of them now serve together as a part of the team.
Timothy and Emily’s hearts beat strong for His kingdom, but specifically in worship and engaging the next upcoming generation with Jesus Christ. Both Emily and Timothy serve by leading worship at their local church in Nebraska as well as retreats and conferences lead by the RMI team around the nation and overseas.
Timothy is deeply invested in mentoring and challenging a group of 40 young men each Wednesday evening. The past three years they have called it BroLife, and the vision is to create a safe place for brothers to share their heart, encourage one another, and engage the deeper issues of life head on standing together.
Since 2016 Emily has been investing her time and heart into a gathering of 20 young girls each week. Her vision is to be a safe place and to raise up godly women who will stand strong in the Kingdom of God.
Ben and Brooke StoffelBen and Brooke Stoffel have been married for 10 years and have four young children, ages 7, 5, 4, and 18 months. Ben has served in ministry for nearly 15 years in his home church. He was a youth pastor and discipleship coordinator for half that time and spent the last seven and a half years as a lead pastor. Ben and Brooke have a deep love for the people of their home church where Ben has served for these past years. Brooke has taught elementary education for 8 years, but for the last five years has transitioned to a stay-at-home-mother and homeschool teacher. Ben is currently a third year Ph.D student earning a degree in organizational leadership from Regent University.
Ben has traveled to several countries over the years, but is currently focused on working in Guatemala and Central America. Together, Ben and Brooke help pastors and leaders in Guatemala through equipping in leadership, life in Christ, healthy marriages, family life, encouragement, caring for orphans and widows, and prioritizing life and ministry. God has blessed and expanded the fruit of Ben and Brooke’s influence in Guatemala. In the U.S., their current ministry focus is centered on teaching, encouragement, pre-marital counseling, men’s retreats and marriage retreats.
M and C (SE Asia)Married in 1985, M and C began their life together with a mutual vision to spend their lives knowing Him and making Him known, working in the harvest field to see the nations worship Him. After many varied experiences traveling to different countries, they fell in love with the unreached peoples of Asia. Their hands have been on the plough in the SE Asia field since 1998. They have loved relating to the open-hearted people and find it a privilege to share their hearts and their lives with them as they invest in young leaders and their families. During their years overseas, they grew in self-care skills and caring for the souls of both their expatriate co-workers and their national friends.
They love to ‘tend’ people, mind-body-and-spirit, through prayer and the Word. Their self-described ministry style is ‘slow and deep’: coming alongside others to know, nurture, and fan the flame in hearts, establishing people as those who are ‘planted by streams of water’. (Jeremiah 17:7-8) God has proven Himself more than faithful during their 30+ years of ministry experience and they seek to pass on what He has built into them over the years.
They feel privileged to work with Rejoice Ministries International representing their heart for the harvest field and its laborers in SE Asia. Their personal ministry to leaders includes counseling, coaching, training in cross-cultural discipleship, and encouragement in building healthy marriages and team relationships.
Thank you for your interest and commitment to support them, investing in their work to touch people who are often forgotten, but in and through whom their Savior loves to work in deeply personal and glorious ways.
Ted and Karolyn CookThe Cooks are both Family Practice medical doctors. They met the first day of medical school and will have been married 34 years on June 2, 2018. Both Karolyn and Ted have a deep passion to bring healing to the WHOLE person—physical, mental and most importantly spiritual. Blessed with giftings including healing, encouragement, teaching and more, the Cooks have training and practice with several healing prayer models.
God called the Cooks to resign from full time medical practice in 2016 so they could serve more frequently on medical mission trips. Since 1995, when the Cooks lost their third son, Corban Jonathan, to SIDS, the Cooks have been privileged to minister to those dealing with grief, especially those grieving the loss of a child.
Teaching has always been a passion of Ted’s. He actively teaches in churches, schools, nursing programs, paramedic programs and physician training programs. He has worked in leadership positions repeatedly, enjoying the opportunities to develop talents and gifts in others.
Karolyn excels in personal ministry to women. Using her background of medicine and giftings of compassion, wisdom, and teaching she has empowered many to step into the fullness of their calling by God. She enjoys dramatic interpretation of women in the Bible, illustrating in deep and lasting ways God’s messages to women today.
Ted & Karolyn have 4 adult children—Christopher (Sharon) + Alexander, Caleb, Chad (Hannah) and Katybeth. All of the children have a deep faith that leads them to minister locally and abroad, though all have weathered significant storms growing up. What a privilege to see God ministering in and through the next generations!