Bruce and Donna Hess serve in recruitment for One Mission Society. As missionaries-in-residence at Houghton College, they work with various campus and area programs to motivate students to do short- and long-term ministry overseas. From their office in Houghton, New York, they promote the worldwide work of OMS, facilitate the development of the Northeast Region Campus Ministry Center and encourage the efforts of the Northeast Region leaders.
Bruce, a third-generation missionary, became involved with OMS in 1959 when he spent a summer in Colombia. In 1963, following a year of language school in Costa Rica, he and Donna went to Colombia as career missionaries.
Besides teaching in the OMS Biblical Seminary of Colombia, Bruce pioneered and pastored several churches. His interest in literature led him to establish the Inter-American Bookstore. Ordained by the OMS-affiliated Colombian church, he served as a district leader and later as treasurer and president. In 1969, he initiated an Every Community for Christ program of door-to-door evangelism and church planting. He was named field superintendent in 1973 and field director in 1978.
Bruce and Donna graduated from Nyack College, each receiving a bachelor’s degree in missions. Bruce also received a bachelor of arts degree from Houghton College. In 1983, he received a master’s degree from Alliance Theological Seminary in Nyack, New York. That December, OMS assigned the couple for two years to the newly formed faculty of the OMS Evangelical Biblical Seminary in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Bruce structured and directed the practical work program and taught courses in theology, evangelism, homiletics, Andean culture and missions.
While raising their children, Donna also worked closely with Bruce in various capacities such as student counselor, mission hostess and ministries with children and women. From 1986 to 1988, the Hesses served as campus representatives for OMS at Houghton College in Houghton, New York. In July of 1988, they moved to the regional headquarters in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and served 17 years as OMS regional directors. In August 2005, they returned to Houghton, New York, to continue their ministry with OMS.
The Hesses have three married children and ten grandchildren.
One Mission Society is an evangelical, interdenominational faith mission that makes disciples of Jesus Christ through intentional evangelism, planting churches and training national leaders in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe and Latin America. OMS then joins with those churches in global partnerships to reach the rest of the world.