Mustard Tree Missions, Inc.
Mustard Tree Missions (MTM) was founded and is
directed by Rick Burton of Meridian, MS.
He has been active in leadership in local churches for
many years and was also a youth leader for several
years. It was his involvement with the youth ministry of
his church which first led him to start taking mission
trips to Venezuela.
Originally from the Pittsburgh, PA area, Rick moved
south almost 40 years ago and began a career as an insurance agent. After
owning his own agency for many years, God led him to sell it in order to give
more time to missions.
Rick and his wife, Lokey, live in Meridian, MS. Rick is ordained by the
former Liberty Fellowship of Churches and Ministers, now Global Alliance
Life Baptist Church
MTM’s Venezuelan Director is Rubén Turtulici,
M.Ed. of Maracaibo, Venezuela. Rubén is also the
President of Fundación Árbol de Mostaza
(FUNDAMOST) which is the Venezuelan branch of MTM.
Rubén holds a Master’s Degree in International
Education from Framingham State College. He also
holds undergraduate degrees in Modern Languages,
Philosophy, and Psychology. He is fluent in 4 languages
– Spanish, English, French and Italian.
A native of Maracaibo, Rubén has served in church ministry for many years
in many different areas including praise and worship, Christian education and
missions. For several years he assisted Teen Mania mission teams that came
Maracaibo as a translator and team coordinator. As school teacher, he has
taught both children and adults for 23 years in positions at a language school,
international schools in Venezuela and France and also does private tutoring.
He is currently employeed at Escuela Las Morochas in Ciudad Ojeda teaching
classes in ESL, French, and Psychology.
Rubén is married to Dra. Melyber Rivero who is doing her medical
residency at Hospital General del Sur, a large hospital in the city of San
Francisco bordering Maracaibo. They are currently attending Christ Church in
Maracaibo. Rubén is also ordained by the former Liberty Fellowship of
Churches and Ministers, now Global Alliance Networks.
MTM’s Board of Advisors: