The Pelleys

Our Founders



While most think of Frontlines Missions as primarily a mission to Guatemala, the Pelley's, Dick, Iris, and Laura, have been on the "frontlines" of ministry for the past 40 years, both at home and abroad. They have often helped others build God's Kingdom by coming alongside and offering their services for a season to a floundering church, an ill pastor, or by loving and caring for children in the social service system. Their arms have reached around the hurting for decades, and their passion is to finish the work of the Commander in Chief.



Most of what has been built in Guatemala, in both a physical and spiritual sense, has been birthed in the heart of Richard Pelley. 

Prior to the call to Guatemala, “Pastor Dick” pioneered and pastored a non-denominational church in Hopkinton, MA.  During that time he was the main speaker at a Missions Convention in Bogota, Columbia. He then worked as the head of the Maintenance Department at Zion Bible Institute, where he led short term missions trips to the orphanage of Mama Workman in Maraguane, Haiti.

Whatever church Pastor Dick has attended, he has always become involved in some kind of construction project, such as building a "coffee house" ministry, as well as teaching and preaching.

Over the past 20 years he has overseen the work of Frontlines in Guatemala.  He has organized numerous training seminars in addition to the work of the Evangelism, Construction, and Medical Teams.  He arranged for the purchase of land and then the construction of a 17 room children's home, "Casa Heidi," designed to service the people of Campur as well as abandoned or orphaned children.

A permanent base of operations has been constructed in Campur including two dormitories, able to house 50 people, and a dining facility capable of seating 100 people. Through this base, Frontlines is able to reach out into the surrounding mountains of Campur to bring the Good News, via the "JESUS" film in their native language, Kekchi,and preaching, to the thousands who live in tiny villages yet unreached by the Gospel and the outside world.


Iris has been on the "frontlines" of women's ministries in New England for over 40 years. She has had the opportunity to speak at numerous area retreats as well as Women's Aglow local chapters.

Congregational, Episcopal, and Charismatic churches have invited her to encourage and instruct their women in the ways of God.

She has traveled to Haiti, Africa, Central and South America, and most recently, China, to teach and preach. She has worked alongside her husband to help develop and expand their Guatemalan missions outreach.


Laura’s foreign ministry began when she was a young teenager through her support of a child in Haiti At that time she was was also a part of the Church of His Coming, established by Dick and Iris Pelley, helping with the children's ministry and child care during services. She is now a full time Social Worker for the state of Massachusetts and up until the recent adoption of her daughter through DCYF in Rhode Island, she was a foster parent. Laura has come alongside her parents as an aid to the Guatemalan missions work.  Her work as a photographer while onsite in Campur, Guatemala has helped to express the Missions work in the Frontlines Newsletter as well as video and other media.