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Ever wondered what a deaconess is?

In 1888 the movement began. Now, 125 years later, there’s a vibrant community within The United Methodist Church of deaconesses, home missioners and home missionaries.

Valerie Mossman-Celestin is one of these called and consecrated lay professionals engaged in cutting-edge ministries of shalom. Comissioned in 2012, Valerie now serves as the Executive Director of Haitian Artisans for Peace International (HAPI). 

For laity in The United Methodist Church who feel called by God to a full-time vocation in service with those who are marginalized and in need in the world today, there is an opportunity to be part of this supportive community in connection with The United Methodist Church. The Office of Deaconess and Home Missioner is the only currently open office in The United Methodist Church for those called to full time vocations in servant ministries as laity.

Rooted in Scripture, informed by history, driven by mission, ecumenical in scope, and global in outreach, this community of laity has responded to the call of God in their lives and has been commissioned by The United Methodist Church in a life-time relationship to full-time ministries of love, justice, and service.Learn more here about the qualifications and steps into this ministry.

Last Updated on February 2, 2024

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