Bland, Bob

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.

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and today, and forever.

Hebrews 13:8

Prayer Requests

  • Continued good health
  • Safety in travels


  • Bob – December 8
  • Bernie – August 14


  • June 11, 1949

Missionary News

  • Bob Bland Newsletter (Spring 2018) May 11, 2018
    JESUS AND BERNIE ARE COMING! May 12, 2016, my dear Bernie went to be with the Lord. She is there without pain awaiting the return of the Lord who is going to bring “those who sleep in Jesus will God bring with Him,” (Bernie included) I Thes. 4:14. I love her and miss her so much. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together WITH THEM. Wherefore comfort one another with those words. Jesus is coming and ...
  • Bob Bland Newsletter (Winter 2018) February 13, 2018
    Dear Family and Friends,   The new year has begun with a bang—lots of activity at the overseas bases and the U.S.A.  Here at the Florida base, we have 10 volunteer men and women working a variety of jobs. Some ladies are sewing and have made the cloth tops for our covered wagon cars and both the men and ladies built the cow cars for the new Mustard Seed trains for Boot Camp.  The men are also helping with Boot Camp repair ...
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  1. Hello My name is Mike Mellone we are Day Spring Church of Port St. John. Currently we lease the building, however the owner has offered to sell the property to us, and has agreed to finance the purchase. We have only a small group of adults, but we have appx. 30 to 40 pre-teens each week coming to our service. Our main focus is children and youth who have no guidance. We are seeking $ 15,000.00 to finalize the purchase. We can secure the loan with a second mortgage. Would you be interested in investing in our ministry to youth? Perhaps you know of some one who could help us. Thank you.

      1. Hi…firstly praise God!!
        I would llike to greet each one of u in tnis mission work!! May God bless u all…
        I red the statement of faith which i believe very strongly and trying my best to practice it. I would love to visit ur Bible college and the ministry to be with u sometimes and help out as God leads . Keep me in prayer…May God open door …..i will be haplily reafy to serve there to contribute for this gennuine mimistry

        God bless …awaiting for ur reply…thank u

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