Richard W. Sadler, President/Founder
Salvation Experience: Rick accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord at the age of eleven followed by baptism which demonstrated death to self and life unto Christ.
Family Life: Candice J. Sadler (Candy) is Rick's wonderful bride of 45 years and best friend. They have three children (all have accepted Christ). Matthew Sadler is a detective with the Shelby Sheriffs Department in Shelby North Carolina (wife Heather and their five children Olive, Sam, Will, Jack and Remington); Holly Wall (husband Dr. Jason Wall, and their four daughters Violet, Iris Jo, Dahlia and Verbena) and Heather Vicks (husband Lieutenant Commander of the USA Coast Guard David Vicks and daughters Amelia and Adeline).
Educational Background: BA - Columbia International University, Columbia, South Carolina. MDiv - Southeastern Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, North Carolina. DMin - Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary, Lynchburg, Virginia.
Secular and Ministry Experience: Rick joined the United States Marine Corps in 1972 working in the area of administration. After his military service, he worked in the construction field for five years in the area of carpentry and specializing in plumbing and wiring. He has pastored churches in North Carolina, Connecticut, West Virginia and Virginia.
Non-Profit Experience: Founder of Christians in Action Ministries, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation in Charlottesville, Virginia. This was a ministry to senior adults encouraging Christians to give of their time and talents to minister to the needs of the elderly. In addition to the above, three missions were established in the city's low-income housing developments. Rick is also Co-founder of Heaven Sent Ministries, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation in Princeton, West Virginia. The main focus of HSM is short-term medical missions, packaging food/feeding, construction, evangelism and hosting pastor conferences. In 1996, Rick experienced Africa for the first time. In 1998, Mission Link International (MLI) was officially established as a non-profit ministry [501(c)3] in the Commonwealth of Virginia. MLI's focus is on encouraging, training and supporting nationals to reach their country for Christ. National pastors and church leaders are trained in the Bible using trained Ugandan teachers. MLI also assist many African widows with support, support for deaf school, and assisting several street kids; MLI also has medical missions, church planting initiative, constructing churches and houses, children's ministry and a host of other ministries and projects. Presently, the focus is East Africa; however, pastor conference can be held anywhere in the world.
Heart's Desire: Rick is 65 years old and has a passionate desire for missions. He plans to spend his last few years of ministry developing a pastor training manual for the purpose of teaching foundational principles of the Christian life and church to village pastors. Also, Rick's desire is to "link" American believers with national missionaries and ministries. Though MLI is not the church, it has been created to come along side the church to encourage and empower national pastors and church leaders.
Foreign Mission Experience: Rick has traveled to several countries including Ukraine, Burma, India, Nepal, Peru, Honduras, Guatemala Nicaragua, Haiti and various countries in East Africa. He spends 5-6 months a years in East Africa. At age 65, Rick plans to complete a study manual for African pastors and church leaders for MLI's village schools. Also, MLI hopes to complete Phase 2 of the Pastor's school in Eldoret, Kenya.