Bobby & Willene Byrd began participating in short term missions trips in 2005 and were so impacted by the spiritual needs of those in other parts of the world they knew over time that God was speaking to them through their experiences. In 2008, Bobby was presented the opportunity to visit Guatemala with a group of men to see a potential ministry opportunity. Their lives would be forever changed. In August of 2010, Bobby & Willene followed God’s leading and moved to Guatemala and established World Reach Missions to reach the poor in spirit with the Gospel of Jesus Christ through spiritual, physical, educational and financial opportunities. Together they serve as Central American Director of Missions.
Bobby & Willene are natives of North Carolina. Bobby served as Vice President of The Byrd’s Group, a regional landscape management firm where he was responsible for sales, marketing and financial oversight. He attended Central Piedmont Community College where he earned a A.A. with a focus on Spanish.
Willene attended Central Piedmont Community College where she earned a A.S. in Business Information Systems prior to completing a B.S. in Management Information Systems at Gardner Webb College. She earned a teaching certificate from UNC at Charlotte and has taught elementary education for 10 years at Hickory Grove Baptist Christian School.
World Reach Missions provides ministry support for World Reach Guatemala, a non-governmental organization registered in Guatemala.