Photo of JoAnn Butrin providing compassion health care.I am the director of International Ministries (IM) of Assemblies of God World Missions. My office and I oversee these multi-faceted ministries that have a footprint in every region of the world.

Each ministry has a specific purpose and mission—to serve the missionaries and nationals who request their assistance. All are passionate about reaching and touching people with the life-changing message of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

You can learn about each of these ministries on the International Ministries tab on the navigation bar above.

My Previous Missions Assignments

I began my medical missionary service in 1972 in Zaire, Africa, working with mobile clinics and rural hospitals, community health promotion projects and women’s and children’s works within the local church. It was then that I recognized the natural blend of evangelism and the meeting of physical needs.

After fourteen years of service in Zaire, I joined the staff of the Assemblies of God worldwide medical missions organization, HealthCare Ministries, and was appointed as Director in 1996. I traveled to many countries around the world, often with teams of volunteer health professionals, offering physical and spiritual care. In 2005 I was appointed to my current assignment as Director of International Ministries.

Other Missions Ministry

I founded and direct the Global AIDS Partnership, and direct the Nurture Hope Network, which is the AGWM’s effort to network those who work to combat human trafficking. My office also offers covering for the Commission on Children’s Ministries and the Commission on University Ministries. I created and lead the annual Compassion Forum, which provides in-depth training in ministries of compassion for our missionaries. My office also oversees a resource Website, CompassionLink, produces a quarterly CompassionLink Journal, and offers quarterly webcasts on issues in compassion ministries.

My Education

I earned an RN at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pennsylvania, a BS degree at Evangel University, an MS degree from Penn State University and a PhD from the University of Minnesota..

My Publications

I’ve authored three books on health care in developing countries and ministry to persons with AIDS, and lectured in many locations around the world on numerous health and compassion-related issues. My latest book, From The Roots Up: A Closer Look at Compassion and Justice in Missions, is available in print or eBook formats. Click on the My Book tab on the above navigation bar.

International Ministries

1445 N. Boonville Ave.

Springfield MO 65802

(417) 862-2781, Ext. 2080