Paul Hanak

International Director

Serving as International Director of AFCI since 2002, Paul has over 30 years of experience in international missions and has ministered in 37 nations. Having traveled the world to work alongside national ministry leaders, Paul says, “I am more convinced than ever of the value of investing in those who have a heart to win their own nations for Christ.”

Paul was studying at Virginia Tech when he was introduced to a vibrant group of Christians, and during his first year of university studies he gave his life to Christ. This changed everything, and after graduation from university he went on to study theology at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Boston and the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.

After seminary, Paul worked as a pastor in Virginia for five years. During this time, he married his college sweetheart (Barbara), who had just returned home after serving as a missionary for three years with Campus Crusade for Christ (now Cru) in Swaziland, Africa. Once married, they moved to Austria where he was pastor of an international church for six years.  The church drew members from 20 different nations around the world.

Returning to the USA, Paul joined AFCI in 1990 because of his desire to stay engaged in world missions and work to support nationals in their own countries to win their homelands for Christ. After several years of helping AFCI open new nations in Europe, he was asked to assume the role of International Director.

Paul loves to exercise outdoors with his wife Barbara as they ride their bicycles, exploring the ever expanding bicycle routes developing in the U.S. They even took a bicycle trip down the Danube river in Austria, revisiting places familiar to them when they lived in Vienna.

He and Barbara have two married children.

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