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Bob Burckle


Bob Burckle is President of Eastern European Mission and also has served on the EEM Board over 20 years. He spent years working as an Electrical Engineer with a Bachelor and Master’s degree from the University of Louisville. While working in the industry, he earned his MBA in Marketing and Finance from the University of North Texas. Bob’s work in small and large technology companies has allowed him to apply best business practices to the operations at EEM. He has traveled extensively in different countries as part of his responsibilities as a missions chairman, deacon, and elder at various churches. He has been married for over 40 years to his wife, Joan. They have two adult daughters, Lauren and Brittany, and two granddaughters, Harper and Madison. Bob is humbled to know that he and his colleagues have been chosen and are privileged to spread God’s Word throughout Eastern Europe.

Dirk Smith

Vice President

Dirk’s responsibilities consist of the oversight of fundraising and marketing and assisting with US operations. Dirk joined EEM following his highly successful tenure as a development officer with his alma mater, Harding University. An accomplished manager, he earned experience in business development with an eye for revenue building through positions with firms like Jackson & Coker in Dallas, TX and T. Williams Consulting serving clients in PA, NJ and NY. He holds a BA in Mathematics and an MBA with a focus on Organizational Development and Ethics. Dirk is married to the love of his life, Wendy and they have three adult children, Taryn, Tyler and Trevor. Dirk is an experienced presenter and storyteller and loves sharing the stories of what God is doing through the ministry of EEM.