Our Story

We, Pastor Rich and Rhonda Hanssen have the privelege of ministering to The Refuge church family in Vicenza, Italy. We have been very happily married for 25 years and are blessed to have three children: Ashleigh, 24, Joshua, 21, and Tori, 16.

In 1998, after serving in the USAF for 16 years, the Lord called Rich to separate from the military and enter full-time pastoral ministry. Leaving the USAF without retirement or benefits, we entered full-time ministry as a children's pastor with special emphasis on family ministry. After seven years of pastoral ministry, the Lord led us to "leave our land" again; this time to go to the mission field.

Rich, Rhonda, and Tori HanssenThrough prayer and wise counsel we knew the Lord was directing us to go to Italy to establish an international church. Upon arriving in Italy in February 2006 we initially focused on praying and fasting for specific direction from the Lord. Through the providence of the Lord we came in contact with the Church of God's Ministry to the Military leaders and in June 2007 became the Center Directors at Vicenza, Italy.

Our desire is to see active duty military, civilians, and the international community experience the life changing power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, be discipled into a deep, personal, and vibrant relationship with the Lord, and be empowered and emboldened to go out and reach the lost.

It is our joy to serve those who serve!