Tim Wester

Tim Wester grew up in the Dem Rep of Congo where he spent 11 of his first 18 years at Tandala where there is a 220 bed mission hospital. He graduated from Trinity International University in 1977 with a double major in Biology-Chemistry. The next 4 years were spent in Iowa City for medical school and then a Family Practice Residency at Broadlawns County Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa. He was married in 1984 to Ann Falconer, a Congo MK who had spent 7 years teaching at a girl’s high school. Together they spent a year in Albertville in French Studies and then proceeded to Antwerp, Belgium for a 5 months Tropical Medicine course before arriving in Congo in spring of 1986.

For the next 10 years Tim worked at Tandala Hospital as the Medical Director and Coordinator for the church medical work. Besides the 220 bed hospital, there was a 4 year nursing school and 35 outlying health centers to supervise. Because of Civil war, he was unable to return to Congo so moved over to the Central African Republic in 1998 until present. First he worked at Yaloke Hospital and was administrator for the Grace Brethren Medical work for 2 years. After looting in 2003, he spent two years traveling in Africa (Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Cameroon, Congo) as the initial AIDS Director for the Evangelical Free Church in Africa. Currently he is working at a 155 bed hospital at Gamboula on the Western border of CAR.

Beginning this spring they are launching a University degree nursing program. Thus, Tim has had 25 years of working in at least 5 different mission hospitals in 3 different countries dealing with curative medicine, public health and outlying health centers along with Community Health Education, AIDS education and True Love Waits, teaching at several nursing schools, and managing several large medical works to encourage self-sufficiency and living within a budget.