Terry & Cynthia Pruett
- Our Local
- Our Reach
- Our Self
Terry and Cynthia Pruett serve in the Upper Rogue Valley of southern Oregon, a field that encompasses numerous small towns and three cities of 20,000 to 50,000 people. Inhabitants of this area are primarily Caucasian with a growing Latino population. Logging and pear orchards were the primary industries for decades in this mountainous and dense fir forest area, but tourism, viniculture, and assorted white- and blue-collar jobs have become abundant.
Southern Oregon has become a regional medical and retirement hub with excellent hospitals and a growing number of assisted living centers. This growth of the assisted living industry has brought a need for more ministries dedicated to seniors, as the local churches attempt to keep pace.
While viewed by the mainline churches as a largely “unchurched” field, small evangelical churches of all types abound. There is also a large contingent of the New Age religion represented in these communities.
After seeing the need for sound doctrinal teaching in their religious “tossed salad” field, the Pruetts felt called to become area missionaries. Terry rides a church circuit, preaching, encouraging, and assisting a number of local, rural churches. This includes teaching the history of the written Bible at different churches and events through a traveling Bible museum. He also teaches Bibliology and Hermeneutics part-time at Pacific Bible College and co-teaches as part of a discipleship ministry at the Gospel Rescue Mission.
Terry also minister to children at Fir Point Bible Conference where he serves as Camp Director and vice-president of the board. He also assists from time-to-time in a Spanish church ministry at the local county jail.
The Pruetts have served as InFaith field staff since 2001, and Terry is currently an Area Coordinator.
Terry spent most of his life in Alaska. He is a Vietnam Navy veteran, and Jesus Christ rescued him from a lifestyle of bad choices when he was 27. (His story has appeared on the radio program, “Unshackled”.) Cynthia is a life-long believer and grew up in Washington. The two met when Cynthia went to Alaska as a missionary with SEND International in 1980. Following graduation from Alaska Bible College, Terry pastored a small church in a remote Alaskan town for five years before earning an MA in Exegetical Theology at Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon. After a total of 17 years in pastoral ministry, they joined InFaith.
Terry and Cynthia have two married children and four grandchildren.