Capetown, South Africa
Maureen was born in Springfield, Massachusetts into a predominantly Irish catholic context. She came to know Jesus as a person in 1974 through the reading of the Word which was sparked by the rock opera "Jesus Christ Superstar". The next year she transferred from the University of Massachusetts to Wheaton College from which she received a BA in Biblical Studies and an MA in New Testament Studies.
Maureen first joined YWAM in 1982 in The Ark discipling ministry of Amsterdam. In 1985 she staffed her first DTS and has been working with DTSs since that time. While in Amsterdam, Maureen served as the Training Director as well as a member of the Base Leadership Council under the leadership of Floyd McClung.
From 1988 Maureen steadily became more involved with the mission internationally. She served as a member of the International Committee for the U of Ns College of Christian Ministries from 1989 to 1992; was appointed the International Associate Director of the DTS Centre in 1993; was confirmed the International Director of the DTS Centre in September of 1999 and is YWAMs first female Vice-President.
Throughout the years of increased international responsibilities Maureen has stayed involved with DTSs at the grass root level, leading DTS schools in the Balkans and in Lausanne, teaching in DTSs worldwide and leading workshops for DTS staff and leaders internationally.
Patti Lee was born in Texas. Raised by committed Christian parents, Patti, at the age of 13, heard the call of God to her heart, "Whom shall I send and who will go for me?" From that young age she knew she was called to give her life to God as a missionary on a foreign field.
Patti is a trained surgical technician. She worked for five years in the medical field before setting out on her first missionary journey to Kenya, East Africa in 1978. Following that expedition, Patti joined Eurasia Teen Challenge in Germany and was sent out from that training base in a small team of three to assist a Senior Missionary in Church Planting and the pioneering of a Leadership Training School in India. Over the next three years the borders of her ministry were extended from India into Nepal and Sri Lanka.
In 1981 Patti joined Youth With A Mission. After completing her DTS training at Kings Mansion in Kona, Hawaii, she joined the Far East Evangelism Teams (FEET) in Hong Kong. From 1982 through 1987 Patti served on the base leadership council and the Board of Directors, giving leadership and oversight to the international ministries of the FEET Teams, church planting, communications and administration. Patti attended the LTS in Amsterdam, Holland in 1987 and the following year was on the staff of the LTS in Amsterdam. In 1990 she pioneered and co-led the School of Frontier Missions in Bangkok, Thailand.
The heart of Patti's 13 years of ministry in Asia was her personal investment in the training and development of leaders. Her calling is to equip people for the work of the ministry (Eph. 4), helping them grow to possess their inheritance in God. (Josh. 1) Patti moved to Kona, Hawaii in 1991 to work in staff and leadership development internationally with Darlene Cunningham, then YWAMs International Director of Training. From that time, Patti began to pioneer the International DTS Centre along with Darlene.
In 1994 Patti moved to Lausanne, Switzerland to give her strength, along with others, to the re-pioneering of the ministries of Chalet-a-Gobet. In 1995 she was commissioned by the U of N Board of Regents as the International Assistant Director of the DTS Centre. In 1996 her role was expanded to include that of International Assistant Provost to Dr. Howard Malmstadt and Dr. Tom Bloomer.
In January 1999 the International DTS Centre relocated its office to Budapest, Hungary where Patti lived and traveled from through the end of 2003 as she continued to touch many aspects of the mission as a whole through both formal and informal discipleship training and leadership development
In 2004 the International DTS Centre relocated its office to Cape Town, South Africa from which Patti continues to serve the DTS world.