John Bechtel

Biography:

John Bechtel is the Regional Director for Asia-Pacific. Born in Hong Kong in 1939, John is the son of veteran Christian and Missionary Alliance missionaries who served for 51 years in Hong Kong and China. As a toddler, he escaped with his mother on the last ship departing Hong Kong before the Japanese occupation of World War II. His father was interned by the Japanese in a concentration camp while John spent the war years with his mother in the US, returning to Hong Kong at the age of seven.

Following his education from Houghton College in New York, John and his wife, Donna, returned to Hong Kong where they served as missionaries for 17 years. During that time, John founded Suen Douh Camp, at which over 2.4 million people have experienced the evangelistic program and over 160,000 of them have indicated a decision to accept Christ. He also spearheaded a church planting effort in Hong Kong, which now has 132 churches. John was the Director of International Ministries of the Arthur DeMoss Foundation for 23 years before his retirement. Upon retirement, together with a Chinese pastor he established a training facility in Thailand which trains around 120 Chinese house church pastors each month. This mission also operates Bible Schools in China and has a large church planting operation in the four corners of China. John has received honorary doctorate degrees from Toccoa Falls College, Westminster Seminary, Biola University, and The Institute of Religion and Law in Moscow.