Founder & President
Vic Rader has served in and pastored churches in the USA since 1980. In 1990 he founded the non-profit organization "Encouragment Inc." for the purpose of evangelism and equipping the body of Christ to reach the lost and serve effectively. Vic has varied experiences in Christian ministry; from planting and restarting churches to serving on the staff of a mega church. He began ministering in Africa in the year 2000. In 2004 he sensed God's call to get involved in the plight of young abandoned orphans in Kenya. He and his wife, Debbie, have two grown daughters and a granddaughter. The Raders live in Colorado Springs, CO.
Debbie Rader has traveled and assisted with ministries throughout several countries in Africa, including Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. She has been a vital part of the vision and administration for Encouragement Incorporated since its beginning in 1990. Together Vic & Debbie promote, oversee and manage the Leadership of the Encouragement Children's Home in Kenya. Her 35+ years of experience as a Pastor's wife and serving in Children's ministries brings a wealth of insight into evaluating and meeting the needs of vulnerable children.
Mike Poe is a Supervisor for Virginia Power Company in Northern, VA He has been involved with managing volunteer teams in Africa since 2001. He is a certified electrician and has traveled to Zambia, Zimbabwe, Kenya & Uganda serving as the electrical engineer for the equipment needs to perform outdoor crusades throughout Africa. Mike also supervizes
the construction projects for our ministry and serves on the BOD for the USA and Kenya organizations. He and his wife, Andrea, live in Culpeper, VA they have three grown children. Their youngest daughter, Bettina, is a student at Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA
Randy Shaw is the Regional Development Manager for Mercy Ships. "I heartily endorse Encouragement Inc. as an effective organization that has an impeccable reputation. Vic Rader has been a friend for many years and his heart for the poor as well as the unsaved is a true passion. I have ministered with him in Kenya and as a member of the BOD for many years. The hand of God is on this ministry." Randy and his wife, Karen, live in Goodlettsville, TN, he has traveled extensively as the baritone singer with the gospel group "Southern Sound."
Member of the Board
Terry Wilcox is the Executive Director of the Bridgeport Rescue Mission in Bridgeport, CT.
An ordained minister with 25 years experience as a pastor. Terry has worked in the rescue mission ministry for 25 years. He is a proven leader at delivering compassionate, front-line ministry to the needy. Terry has led numerous mission teams to troubled spots all over the world, including Africa, South America and Asia. He and his wife, Danielle, live in Bridgeport, CT and have three grown children and five grand children.