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Mike Wells 1952-2011 Founder
It is with heavy hearts we share the news that the number of Mike Wells’ days has come. The Lord has taken him home. Mike passed on quietly in his sleep in Costa Rica while in the middle of a three-month mission trip to Latin America. Although we miss Mike dearly, we rejoice in knowing that the love, compassion, grace and hope in Jesus that Mike so passionately shared with us will carry us through. Mike’s consistent message to us all, “there is nothing the nearness of Jesus cannot overcome,” is especially meaningful now.
Betty Wells Executive Director
Betty Wells, Executive Director, worked with her husband, Michael Wells, as he founded and directed ALMI from 1989 until his passing October, 2011. She never aspired to co-pastor with Mike and enjoyed staying in the background, supporting him by running the office, organizing his trips, and helping communicate with ministry folks all around the world. However, as way leads on to way in The Way and as new chapters in life are entered, in his absence she now directs the ministry with a heart toward glorifying the Lord as He continues what He began at ALMI. Betty has edited all of Mike’s writings and hopes to have at least one more book published that he wrote before his departure for Home. Married in 1974, Michael and Betty have three grown children, all married, and three granddaughters.
Hannah Morrell Counselor/Assistant Director
Hannah Morrell began working with Mike and Betty Wells while she was finishing her graduate work in counseling at Denver Seminary. She now operates as Assistant to the Executive Director and Counselor for the Denver office. Hannah is married with two young children.
Tim & Karen Lester Trainer
Tim & Karen Lester host Advanced Training conferences and offer counseling out of their Maryland office. Tim also travels to speak in Latin America and across the United States. Tim first met Mike and Betty when he was in their church youth group as a teenager.
Karla Blanton Office Manager
WITH Partners Partners
There are many others in this WITH ministry. Once a branch is recognized as having a like call and passion, we encourage that personal ministry by offering training and the free use of the materials. It is not our goal to add staff in the conventional sense, but to recognize staff throughout the world and support them as co-laborers. Because it is our conviction that with the call comes the physical provision, we recognize that a branch’s provision comes from the Vine, not ALMI. This has been a very effective approach over the years, since there are now hundreds of Vine-connected branches who have started their own self-supported ministries or stayed in their place of ministry to share the abiding life. We call this a WITH approach to ministry. One branch is neither above nor under another, but they minister WITH one another on the Vine.