Founders

Art and Suzanne

Art and Suzanne Pitz are educators and founders of White Field Partners. They are late starters in transformational development work, but planning to be strong finishers.

Both of them committed their lives to Jesus Christ in a Methodist Lay Witness Mission in 1972. Despite a few difficult challenges, their Christian life has been a rewarding adventure and they still believe the best is yet to come.

Art and Suzanne have been married for forty-six years (their greatest achievement) and have three grown children and two incredible grandchildren (seriously, it’s not an exaggeration). Their extended family includes foster children they have helped raise and several international students who have lived in their home. They are members of Grace Family Church in Bettendorf, Iowa.

In an ice sculpture in Joensuu, Finland

Dr. Art is Professor of History currently teaching at St. Ambrose University. He serves as Vice President of America Israel Economic Forum Quad Cities Region and is President of White Field Partners and The Professor’s House. Suzanne, who serves as Director of Operations, is a retired educator with a specialty in instructional design and technology. She serves as Secretary of America Israel Economic Forum Quad Cities Region.

Art and Suzanne consider themselves “tent-making missionaries” since God has used their secular vocations to take them to many nations. They use their skills, resources, and professional experience to serve God and people at home in the Quad Cities or wherever He leads them.They taught in universities in Slovakia in Central Europe for three academic years and presented workshops throughout central and southeast Europe. Their favorite cities, outside of Moline, Illinois, are Jerusalem, Israel and Freetown, Sierra Leone.

They’re thankful for beautiful adventures God has orchestrated:

  • Being inagurated as Temne Chief PaKomRaBai or the village of Tagrin in Sierra Leone.
  • Teaching writing skills to Youth With a Mission (YWAM) students in Kiev, Ukraine.
  • Attending a Bedouin wedding in a quarter-mile-long tent in the town of Segev Shalom in Israel’s Negev Desert.
  • Riding across a frozen lake in Finland while on a Fulbright Senior Specialist teaching assignment.
  • Being part of a vibrant church in Banska Bystrica, Slovakia, that met in the communist workers’ auditorium where plastic flowers hid the communist symbols.
  • Staying in an Israeli kibutz three kilometers from the Gaza border when rocket alerts were sounding.
  • Working with a fledgling church in Skopje, Macedonia.
  • Leading a tour of Holocaust sites in Poland for a group of university students.
  • Walking in the hills above Lake Geneva near Burtigny, Switzerland while teaching a writing course for students from twelve nations.
  • Sitting beneath a tree amidst a herd of goats praying for a mentally ill man in Batkanu, Sierra Leone where we went with Pastor Adama to plant the seed for a new church.
  • Eating a wonderful Arab dinner with a beautiful Palestinian family in their home in the Kalandia refugee camp.
  • Feasting at a wedding celebration in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
  • Loving orphaned children at House of Hope in Tardi village, Lungi, Sierra Leone.
  • Hosting international students from seven nations.

And they really believe the best is yet to come.

Little Known Facts

  1. Art likes to ride elephants.

    Riding high--"yee-ha"

    Dr. Pitz riding high–yeeha!

  2. Dr. Art loves history more than most people believe is possible. He is a frequent public speaker and has a website full (The Professor’s House) and a blog full (History Behind the News) of history for anyone willing to read or listen.
  3. Suzanne has been playing flute for 56 years. It seems like she should play better by now. One of her great joys was to play flute in Jerusalem at Succat Hallal overlooking Mt. Zion in the summer of 2010.