Meet our Founder & Director Bob Bland
Robert “Bob” Bland is originally from Chillicothe, Ohio, and is the founder of Teen Missions International (together with co-founders Bernie Bland (now home with Jesus), Gayle (Widder Will), and Jim Person). Bob has been the director since the ministry began on May 7, 1970. Before starting Teen Missions, Bob was a pastor at Union Chapel Christian Union in Hennesey, Oklahoma and was a pastor at Mt. Joy in Otway, Ohio. Bob was also a union plumber and Director of Sciotoland Youth for Christ in Chillicothe, Ohio.
Bob and Bernie were married in 1949 and have two children. Their daughter Cathy is married to Randy Stringer, a professor at Grove City College in Pennsylvania, and they have two children, Joshua & Catherine Noel. Their son Robin married a former staffer, Maxine Boyle and they have two children Joel Ray (deceased) and Tara. Robin retired from the Kennedy Space Center and Maxine is the manager of the Sonrise R.V. Parks on I-95 at Cocoa.
Together the Blands have faithfully carried out the vision of seeing young people serve the Lord around the world. Bob’s heart for AIDS orphans in Africa gave birth to two distinct ministries: AIDS Orphans and Street Children and Motorcycle Sunday School Mission. Both these organizations work directly with orphans in Africa by fulfilling their physical and spiritual needs.