EEM's day-to-day operations are conducted by an Executive Team. Meet each team member below.
Bob Burckle, serves as President of EEM and has been a Board member for over 20 years. He has extensive, first-hand, experience with mission efforts to Russia, Ukraine and Lithuania making numerous trips in support of church planting and nurturing, orphans, humanitarian relief, character training, Bible schools, camps, and Bible distribution. In addition to mission work, Bob brings 30+ years of experience in the business sector and holds a MBA in Marketing and Finance from the University of North Texas. Bob is married and has two children and one grandchild.
Dirk Smith, EEM’s Vice-President, Development, joined EEM following his highly successful tenure as a development officer for his alma mater, Harding University. An accomplished manager, he earned experience recruiting with an eye for revenue building through positions with firms like Jackson & Coker and T. Williams Consulting before returning to Searcy, AR, to raise funds for Harding. He holds a BA in Mathematics and an MBA with a focus in Organizational Development and Ethics. Dirk and his wife Wendy have three children.
Bartosz “Bart” Rybinski is Vice-President, European Operations. Bart is headquartered in EEM’s Vienna, Austria, office. A native of Warsaw, Poland, he is no stranger to the mission world, having served as a Single Adults Minister in the U.S. and done mission work in Europe after tenure as a manager in Poland’s IT industry. He holds Master of Arts and Bachelor of Business Administration degrees from Oklahoma Christian University, and he and his wife Tamika, a Denver, CO, native, have three children.
Darryl Willis, EEM’s Vice-President, Youth Camp Program, has a warrior’s heart for the children in Eastern Europe. He brings 30+ years of ministry experience to the team, with 18 of those years being specific to youth ministry. Darryl’s unique understanding of the youth camps (formerly Pioneer Communist youth camps) in Ukraine and his ability to immerse himself into the culture and political structure of the camp system position him to uniquely serve in this key area for EEM. He and his wife, Terri, have two children.