Natives of South Carolina, Ted and Jean Wright eventually moved to Rome, New York, where he and Jean served in the local church which later became their first pastorate.
In 1969, the Wrights felt God was leading them to foreign missions. They completed missions training with New Tribes Mission and returned to South Carolina to wait for their visas to Brazil. While they waited, Ted and Jean helped plant Columbia Christian Fellowship Church. In 1974, Ted and Jean left for Brazil with their two children, Thomas and Roslyn.
Brazil became home for the next 25 years, as they shouldered a variety of responsibilities. They began as dorm parents for missionary children and then taught in the school. They planted a local Bible church with sole responsibility for all the teaching and leadership until the Lord provided leaders from among the members of the church. (That church continues, and has grown in numbers as well as mission vision, sending out its own people to the mission field and into full-time ministries.)
The Wrights were asked to take on the responsibility of challenging Brazilian Christians for the work of missions. This meant spending many months on the road, but resulted in Brazilian missionaries who are now working in Brazil and around the world.
During their 25 years as overseas missionaries, the Wrights became acutely aware of the lack of African American participation in foreign missions. God burdened their hearts to help African Americans see their responsibility to become more actively involved in world missions. When Jean’s failing health required that they return to the USA, the door opened to focus on this new ministry.
The Wrights live in Goose Creek, South Carolina. Their children have graduated, Thomas from LaTourneau College and Roslyn, from Columbia Bible College, and are now living on their own.
Ted travels and ministers in church relations for New Tribes Mission with a special focus of challenging African Americans. Effective communicators in Portuguese and English, Ted and Jean also minister to the Brazilian population of South Carolina. In addition, Ted leads groups on short-term mission trips to broaden their vision for missions.