Dan and Rachel Zuch arrived in Austria in September 1989 as church planters with (at the time) two children, Charissa, who was eight and Richard, who was three. Austria becme home for them, and they added one more son to the mix, Michael, after being there for four years. Their children are now grown and are living in the States.
Following their initial years, Dan and Rachel became part of a church start that was sent out by the church with which they were doing their internship. They worked together with 10 other people to help start a church in a section of Vienna of over 200,000 people where there was (at that time) no other "free" churches. They have seen the Beheimgasse Baptist church grow and expand and it now has the capability and strength to be a light and reach out to the community around them. One outworking has been the ministry of Herzwerk (Heart Works) that reaches out to people in prostitution and victims of trafficking.
Dan is the TEAM Austria ministry area leader while Rachel is a founder and chairperson for Herzwerk (Heart Works), a ministry initiative that reaches out to people in prostitution and victims of sex trafficking. Both Dan and Rachel are church planters/developers, currently working in the Beheimgasse Baptist Church in Vienna's 17th district.