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 Networks.
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.
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“...the birds of the air will come and nest in its branches.” ~ Matt. 13:32

MTM’s Board of Advisors:

Mustard Tree Missions, Inc. ©2017
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 Networks.
“...the birds of the air will come      and nest in its branches.” ~ Matt. 13:32
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:

Staff
Mustard Tree Missions, Inc. ©2017
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 Networks.
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:

Staff
“...the birds of the air will come and nest in its branches.” ~ Matt. 13:32