Eugene Maurice Wellsfry, son of Edna Bernice Wellsfry and Walter Samuel Wellsfry, was born on August 12, 1925 in Sacramento, California. Most of his childhood was spent on the family farm acreage in Paradise, CA. He was the fourth of eight boys. He helped his father with his sign painting business through high school and learned to play the violin.
In his senior year he came to know Christ as his Savior and because of the dramatic change in his life, most of the family members made the same choice. Desiring to serve the Lord he chose to complete a Missions degree at BIOLA, where he met his future wife, Earlene. He then studied for three years at Chico State College, completing a Major in English and a Minor in Spanish.
He married Earlene Lowell on June 17, 1949. After pastoring in a small church, they began to pursue plans to serve in missions in Brazil. While in Brazil he and Earlene directed and taught in a Bible School for nationals and worked in various churches and youth camps. After eight years they returned to the States with four young children.