Dick and Maudine have been married 56 years. The Lord has blessed them
with two children, five
and four great-grandchildren. They live in Gresham, Oregon. Dick
serves as an elder at the Metro Church of Christ. Maudine serves as a
"wife of noble character -- worth far more than rubies." Dick defines his
greatest achievement is "being a servant of God." He loves traveling,
photography, reading and, whenever possible, trout fishing. Maudine has
traveled with Dick as "Booth Director" while her heart is with her family
Richard N. (Dick) Ady, a young-at-heart 81-year-old servant of God.
Minister, Missionary, Educator, Elder, Founding President of World English
Institute & Bible Correspondence School, and Co-founder of
World English Institute and Bible Correspondence School
Founding President; author of 19 WEI books, 1989 - present
Swans Chapel Church of Christ north of Abilene, TX;
Ayers St. Church of Christ in Corpus Christi, TX;
Minister of Education & Director of the Bible Chair at Del Mar
College, 1957 - 1961; Netherwood Park Church of Christ in Albuquerque, NM;
Pulpit Minister, 1961 - 1964; Central Church of Christ in Portland, OR;
Pulpit Minister; Instructor of Bible at Columbia Christian College, 1964 -
1976; Missionary in Taipei, Taiwan; Director of Preacher Training School,
1968 - 1972; Sonoma Ave. Church of Christ in Santa Rosa, CA; Pulpit
Minister, 1976 - 1989
Abilene Christian University
Bible; Religious Education (B.A. &; M.S.), 1951 - 1957
San Francisco Theological Seminary D. Min Practical Theology, 1976 - 1985
Support for WEI
The Metro Congregation is the original home of World English Institute
and Bible Correspondence School. Dick is the writer of the Basic and
Advanced Bible and English Courses, a Beginner's English Course, and a
series of books on Christian Evidences and a series on the Godhead.
Maudine serves as the office
manager for WEI, and their daughter, Debbie Henry, serves as
Administrative Assistant. WEI has distributed millions of lessons to
missionaries and students in 200 nations.
Best of all, the Adys and
their colleagues Tom Langley, and Bob and Jan Towell, work together,
faithfully and without fanfare, telling others that souls can be reached
by teaching people the Bible as they study English. In their busy
schedule, Dick and his co-workers find time to lead the young and the
old to foreign lands on campaigns to meet their correspondent students
face-to-face. Financial support comes from individuals and congregations
of God's people everywhere. Dick says, "God is using WEI to teach
people about Christ in every nation on earth and even the tiny land-locked
country of San Marino, with a population of 26,000. To God be the
History of Dick's preparation for WEI
Dick's preparative work began with his
first sermon in 1950. He was awarded with degrees (BA and MS) in Bible
and Religious Education from Abilene Christian University (1957). Dick
has served as Minister in New Mexico, Texas, Oregon and California. He
served as Bible Chair Director at Del Mar College and was Minister of
Education at the Ayers St. Church of Christ in Corpus Christi.
Albuquerque, Dick was the minister for the Netherwood Park Church of
Christ. In Albuquerque, he was the President of the Christian Student
Activities at the University of Mexico.
In 1964, Dick and Maudine moved
to Oregon where Dick became the Minister of the Central Church of Christ
in Portland and Instructor at Columbia Christian College.
period 1964 to 1976, they served two missions terms in Taiwan (1968 -
1969 & 1972 - 1974) where Dick established and directed the Chinese
preacher training school as an extension of Columbia Christian College.
In 1976, Dick became the minister for the Sonoma Ave. Church of Christ
in Santa Rosa, CA (1976 – 1988).
His studies continued at the San
Francisco Theological Seminary with degrees awarded (M. Div. and D. Min.)
in Ministry (1985). Among the many contributions in the church as
Minister and Leader, Dick led humanitarian groups in the resettlement of
Asian refugees in California.
Dick's influence is worldwide. His speaking engagements are world wide –
U.S.A., Canada, Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, Hong Kong, Philippines,
Albania, Germany, Singapore, Korea, India, Cambodia, Indonesia, Africa,
Hungary, and Croatia. His writings are equally
abundant having served as Editor of China For Christ, a monthly
newspaper about mission work in Taiwan, and as article writer in The
Christian Chronicle, Christian Bible Teacher, 20th
Century Christian, Power for Today, Firm Foundation,
Gospel Advocate, Image, Christianity Today and
others. Dick is the recipient of the Teacher of the Year award at
Columbia Christian College, (1971) and Minister of the Year award
(1983), given by the Pacific Christian Academy, Graton, CA. He has
received community recognition in Who’s Who in Religion (1985),
Who’s Who in America (1985), and Who’s Who In The West
(1993). The most recent recognition award is the Christian Service
Award at the Pepperdine Lectures, (1998). Missions that Dick and
Maudine affect are now in 206 nations with WEI.
In 1989, World English Institute and
Bible Correspondence School came to life. Dick began writing,
placing ads in foreign newspapers and recruiting teachers to respond to
the flood of student interest. Dick continues in serving daily, telling
the story, recruiting teachers, traveling, writing and leading campaigns
abroad. Maudine continues faithfully in supporting missionaries around
the world in the important work of God of reaching lost souls –
supervising staff working with new students and teachers, mailing
lessons, the Update and answers to their requests. Maudine is Secretary
of the Board of WEI. With all this, she makes family a high priority.
Every year she receives The Mother and Grandmother of the Year
How can you
WEI has an urgent need for correspondence teachers.
Available names number in the
thousands. Please consider becoming a
correspondence teacher for
Postal or Internet teaching. WEI is now recruiting campaigners for the
summers while students are our of school and available to study..
You may request Dick to
your missions program of your congregation and/or your missions program
leaders and tell you how you can use WEI to aid your missionaries
in finding and teaching quality prospects -- especially in nations
that were formerly communist nations. Dick reads his e-mail daily.
Send him your e-mail message by clicking here...Dick
WEI is now "online" with a fully automated
student recruiting and lesson grading system. Teachers may register to
be an Internet teacher and to use this system. Training is available.
Send your request of interest to Jan Towell at
A list of new students is posted for teachers each week from which you can choose and
begin sending lessons immediately. Check out the student website at
Dick's availability can be updated by calling 503-661-0348.
Dick leads campaigns in Albania each year and other countries. Please
pray for the teachers going with Dick.
WEI's goals are Biblical.
WEI is organized to preach the gospel to the whole world by using the
Bible as an English textbook on a fourth grade level. The goal is to
reach one million students by the
with your support. Jesus' missions statement
was for his disciples to "Go therefore and make disciples of all the
nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the
Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded
you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Matthew.
Advanced students can continue their Bible training through the WEI
Advanced Lessons and
over the Internet as students in
NationsUniversity – "a school without
What is there beyond WEI studies?
Dick serves on the board of
NationsUniversity, a credited university for the B.S. and M.S.
degrees led by Mac Lynn, President,
and by a board of 12 church leaders from across the country.
How can you learn more?
You can read more about WEI’s history and how you can help win souls for
God in "About WEI" and other
pages in this web site.