Dr. Andy LaBreche
Both Andy, and his wife Pam, grew up in Christian families. They met at Bible College where Pam got him hooked on missions. After graduation and just a year after marrying, they set off for China in 1984, where they taught English for two years, ate Chinese food three times a day, and Andy enjoyed being a head taller than almost everyone else.
After China, Andy and Pam returned to the States and entered the ThM program at Dallas Theological Seminary. They graduated in 1992, Andy with majors in Old Testament and Historical Theology and Pam in Old Testament. In 2007, Andy completed the doctoral program in missiology at the Evangelische Theologische Faculteit in Heverlee (Leuven), Belgium. His dissertation was entitled Ethnocentrism. U.S.-American Evangelical Missionaries in Romania: Qualitative Missiological Research into Representative Cross-Cultural Value Based Conflicts. And in spite of its long title it has actually proved quite practical in missionary training and even in mediating several conflict situations. Pam is currently working on her PhD at the same school, researching the issue of missionary evaluation while balancing being both a wife and mother of 2 MKs in college.
Andy and Pam have served in Timisoara, Romania, since 1996, primarily focusing over the years on teaching, outreach to university students /academics, and missionary training. Both have served in various agency leadership roles (Andy in field leadership and training, Pam in Europe-wide leadership and consulting on language acquisition, both in member development) with Pam currently on the board of SHARE Educational Services, a ministry helping missionary families.
Andy facilitates in the Equipping class and Pam helps with the Second Language Acquisition class.
They have two boys, Alex and Nate who are currently in college, and a rather large assortment of animals. And they still love Chinese food.