Fred and Ruth Fueller
Fred and Ruth Fueller have been serving the Lord with GFA in northern Germany since 1994. Fred grew up in a German home in the States, and Ruth's parents moved to Germany as missionaries when she was 13. The influence of German customs and language in their lives was one important factor the Lord used to show them that He wanted them to serve in Germany. Also, the fact that they met in Germany, when Fred was on the German mission team with Bob Jones University and Ruth was home with her parents for the summer of 1985, makes Germany hold a special place in their hearts. They were married in 1987, and the Lord has blessed them with five children. Heidi and Julianna are now married and serving in the USA. Travis, Kassandra, and Erik are still at home and are a big help in the ministry.
The first twelve years of their ministry in Germany were spent working with Ruth's parents in Hamburg, Germany's second largest city with a population of nearly 2 million people. It was a joy to see the church grow from an attendance of around 40 on Sunday mornings to about 110. A young man who was saved as a foreign exchange student in Missouri returned to Hamburg in 1996, and became very involved in the church. The Lord called him to be a pastor, and after studying theology, he became the assistant pastor of the church in 2006.
When faced with the decision where their future ministry should be, their hearts immediately turned to Barmstedt, the town in which they have lived since 1994 (about 30 minutes northwest of Hamburg). Since their children have all attended the public schools, they have a lot of contact with people in the community. In February 2007 they started holding a Bible study in their home on Wednesday evenings, with the aim of reaching people who are searching for the truth and pointing them to the Lord and the answers found in His Word. Since June 2008, the church has held Sunday morning services as well. God provided a day care center in which the services are held. Although numerical growth is slow, God has given unity and spiritual growth to the small group of believers. The other church families are a great blessing and help in the ministry.