Born in Quito, Ecuador, to, at the time, religious, but lost and alcoholic parents of Quichua and Spanish descent, Jeaneth saw the Gospel transform her family into evangelistic church planters. At the age of about 7, brought to conviction by Romans 3:23, Jeaneth acknowledged that she, too, was one of the “all”, who had sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. In spite of significant circumstantial obstacles to her education, Jeaneth eventually saw God open doors for her to finish high school and obtain first a Bachelor in Biblical Studies, in south Texas, where she first met Rick. Later, back in Ecuador, she obtained a Bachelor in Educational Sciences, with a Specialization in English for elementary students. After her first degree, she lived for a year in the States, where she helped start a Hispanic church, near Seattle, Washington. Subequently, she returned to Ecuador, where she ministered in church planting, theological education (teaching at a Bible school), training of children’s workers and involvement in children’s ministry—camps, clubs, VBS, and Sunday school. She led worship, trained worship leaders on how to play guitar, did rural ministry to the Quichua, did women’s ministry, and helped to facilitate short-term missionary medical and construction teams, etc.
In late 2006, God brought Rick & Jeaneth back into contact with one another and united them to serve Him in September, 2007. Their wedding theme was “Two are Better than One”. Their children are Raquel, Sebastian & Justin.
As a couple, they have now served about 11 years, in Mexico, Ecuador and Canada.
Rick was born in Colombia, South America, to missionary parents. After his family moved back to Canada, when he was 2, at the age of 5, Rick prayed to receive the Lord. He grew up in Three Hills, Alberta, around the Prairie Bible Institute, of which his grandfather, L.E. Maxwell, was one of the founders. Rick felt called into missions, when he was about 14 and felt God confirmed his call, during Bible school. Rick graduated from Prairie with a Bachelor of Arts in Intercultural Studies.
Over the years, between short and long-term involvements, Rick has traveled to England, Bolivia, Colombia, Mexico and Ecuador, in traditional and cell church planting, as well as field administration and pastoral leadership development.
In 2015, after four years of ministry in Ecuador, the Maxwells returned to Canada, to work on citizenship for their two boys and Jeaneth. Due to an unusual Canadian law, Sebastian and Justin, who were born overseas, are not considered Canadian citizens.
Rick has been designated ACTION’s Church Relations Coordinator for the Western Provinces and the Missions Promotions Coordinator, at their home church, the Prairie Tabernacle Congregation. During their time in Canada, Rick and Jeaneth want to be involved in training and taking short-term teams overseas, with a view to building believers who are solidly Great Commission-minded. Between the Great Commandment and the Great Commission, Jeaneth and Rick are convinced that God is all about Love, eternal life and the growth of the community of faith, both in depth and in numbers. To this end, they are in involved in different projects, including outreach to Spanish-speaking people in their area, translation into Spanish of a quality discipleship book, written by their pastor, and recording, as well as translation, for publication, of missionary stories of active, retired, or furloughing missionaries.