Daniel and Françoise Dossmann, Oliver’s parents, are originally from Paris, France. After searching for God for many years, they became Christians alone when Oliver was three years old. As a profession Daniel was a classical guitar teacher. After becoming Christians, they did several recordings in France and Switzerland. Daniel was composing music, playing the guitar and singing, Françoise playing the recorder and singing, and Oliver singing too.
In 1983, they became missionaries with Reach Beyond (formally HCJB World Radio). They spent 17 years in Quito, Ecuador, involved in French radio broadcasting through short-wave radio. From 2001 to 2004, they lived in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast), West Africa, working at a Christian FM radio station. After being back in France for a few years and living in Normandy, they moved to the US as residents in 2014 to be close to Oliver and his family.
Daniel passed away on August 8, 2018. Read more about Daniel's life in the article "Guitar and the Gospel: Daniel Dossmann Shared Christ’s Love Through Music" by Ralph Kurtenbach.
As Guest Relations Director, Françoise corresponds with EdenRidge guests prior to and during their stay. She loves missions and finds it very uplifting to discover more of how God is working all over the world.
It is difficult for her to adapt to life without Daniel, as they met when she was 16 years old. They celebrated their 50th anniversary in April 2018. But she is very thankful to be close to Oliver, Rachel and her four grandchildren and to enhance her missionary vision through EdenRidge.
Daniel and Françoise’s story and their radio programs can be found here: https://www.edenridge.org/dossmann. (French only)