In 1969, Bill and Lennie Ogden went to the Peruvian Amazon with hearts for discipleship and a vision to see the Shipibo church grow under a strong indigenous leadership. Years later, in 1982, the Ogdens led a church-planting team to Santa Marta, Colombia; La Esperanza church is a result of the Ogdens’ and their ministry team’s vision.
Bill became the Executive Director of South America Mission in 1993. He served in this role until 2010 and then directed SAM’s finances and operations. Today, the Ogdens are enjoying their “semi” retirement—they are still engaged in advocating for leadership development across SAM’s contexts of ministry.
Bill and Lennie live in Fort Mill, SC, are members of Calvary Church, and are the very proud grandparents of six.