Give to at least one of the following Mission Personnel
Mission Personnel within the Michigan Annual Conference
General Advance #3019618
Serving as Michigan Conference Hispanic/Latino(a) Missionary.
Sonya Luna is a missionary with the Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church serving through the National Plan for Hispanic and Latino Ministries (NPHLM) in the Detroit Annual Conference. Native to Michigan, Sonya earned her Bachelor of Arts from Kalamazoo College. She worked as Latino Ministries Coordinator for Ypsilanti First United Methodist Church, her home church, and as a foreign language teacher for the Maple Academy in Oaxaca, Mexico. She began working in the Detroit Annual Conference in her current position in January 2008, and has recently expanded responsibilities as Detroit Conference Director and Michigan Area Director for Hispanic and Latino Ministries.
Randy Joe Hildebrant
General Advance #982961
Serving God's County Cooperative Parish in Newberry, MI.
Randy Hildebrant is a Church and Community Worker and assigned to God’s Country Cooperative Parish in the Detroit Annual Conference . Randy has served as a Church and Community worker for 13 years, serving the Rural Revitalization Project of the Elkhorn Valley District in the Nebraska Conference and the Jubilee Project, an Appalachian ministry based in Sneedville, Tennessee in the Holston Annual Conference. He has a strong commitment to rural ministry and a commitment to bring self-esteem, hope and faith to all God's children throughout the vast parish.
Global Mission Fellows/US-2S
General Advance #3022358
Serving at Motown Mission in Detroit, MI.
Lynda Sylvain is a Global Mission Fellow with the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries, engaged in a two-year term of service. She was commissioned in August 2017.
Lynda is from the Florida Annual Conference in the United States where she is a member of the Canal Point United Methodist Church in Canal Point. She is a certified nursing assistant and is also certified in CPR and medical interpretation. She has worked for the Glades Initiatives, a community-based health and education program. Lynda describes her faith journey as “unbroken and unshakable.” She says, “I have been through some tribulations that only God was able to get me out of. I have also received some wonderful gifts from him.” She finds that doing mission work is where her heart is most happy, and Lynda has decided to enthusiastically embrace the Global Mission Fellow experience. “I have cleared my mind…I’ll go wherever God sends me, with no complaints.”
General Advance #3022329
Serving at The NOAH Project in Detroit, MI.
Grace E. Okerson is a Global Mission Fellow with the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries, engaged in a two-year term of service. She was commissioned in August 2017.Grace was born in Haiti, but is a local of Miramar, Florida,, where she is a member of the Miramar United Methodist Church in the Florida Annual Conference. She began her studies at Broward College and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Social Science from the University of Central Florida in Orlando. She has worked in the food industry and as a camp counselor at Warren W. Willis United Methodist Camp, where she was both camper and counselor, played a major role in her formative years. “There I experienced a personal God for the first time. My summer spent as a counselor helped to shape my love for Christ and my life for mission.” She also found challenge and opportunity by participating in mission trips and becoming an advocate for the United Methodist Church’s Imagine No Malaria campaign. United Methodist Women, of which she has been a member since her early childhood, has also had a formative influence on her on her through successive summer schools of Christian Mission (now Mission U). Through UMW connections, Grace attended the 2016 General Conference in Portland, Oregon, and there met former Global Mission Fellows whose stories led her to explore options for mission service, leading to her which led to her becoming a Global Mission Fellow.
General Advance #3022426
Serving at Sunnyside UMC in Kalamazoo.
Emily Burns is a Global Mission Fellow with the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries, engaged in a two-year term of service with the Michigan Annual Conference. She was commissioned in August 2018.
Emily is from Ohio and a member of the Community Methodist Church in Circleville, a congregation of the West Ohio Annual Conference. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio. She has worked as a peer mentor at Ohio Wesleyan and a servant leader intern at Freedom Schools of the Church for All People in Columbus.
“My call to mission has not been dramatic; it has become a ‘gut feeling’ or a sense of the natural next step. It feels more like a thread that has been woven through my classes, jobs, and relationships that has led me toward and into a life of mission.”
General Advance #3022429
Serving at The NOAH Project in Detroit, MI.
Jinnia Siironen is a Global Mission Fellow with the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries, engaged in a two-year term of service with the Michigan Annual Conference. She was commissioned in August 2018.
Jinnia is from Franklinville, North Carolina, where she is a member of Grays Chapel United Methodist Church in the Western North Carolina Annual Conference. She holds a degree in culinary arts from Guilford Technical Community College in Jamestown, North Carolina and has worked as a cook and in summer camping programs.
A call to mission service came to Jinnia in a “small and quiet voice,” and she is excited to see how God will use her in the future.
General Advance #3022366
Serving at Wesley Foundation of Kalamazoo.
Asti Nicholas White is a Global Mission Fellow with the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries, engaged in a two-year term of service with the Michigan Annual Conference. He was commissioned in August 2018.
Asti is from Grayson, Georgia, and is a member of the Trinity on the Hill United Methodist Church in LaGrange, Georgia, in the North George Annual Conference. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in nonprofit leadership from LaGrange College where he also traveled to the Philippines and El Salvador for service and sustainability efforts. He has served in several annual conference youth and young adult leadership programs.
His call to mission emerged along with an expanding awareness of world issues and needs that affect daily lives, such as injustice, homelessness, inadequate health care, racial tensions and poverty. “Justice, mercy and love, he says, “are all important, and, as I see the rise of injustice, I have a responsibility to uproot it.”
Mission Personnel Beyond The Michigan Annual Conference
Mission Personnel in Africa
Delbert Groves and Sandy Groves
General advance #12150Z - Delbert
General Advance #12151Z - SANDRA
Serving at New Life Center in Kitwe, Zambia.
Delbert and Sandy Groves are United Methodist missionaries with the General Board of Global Ministries based in Kitwe, Zambia since August 2000. They serve at the New Life Center which offers numerous outreach and training ministries within the Provisional Annual Conference of Zambia.
David Paye Guinkpa
General Advance #15089Z
Serving as the mission/finance auditor for Central Africa, based in Nairobi, Kenya.
David Guinkpa is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church serving as the mission finance/auditor for Central Africa, based in Nairobi, Kenya. Mission finance auditors work with church leaders, mission partners and institutions, and Global Ministries personnel in ensuring that funds are distributed and utilized in appropriate ways. Commissioned as a missionary in 2007, Mr. Guinkpa formerly worked in mission finance in Uganda. His current region includes the Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola, Tanzania, and Zambia. "As a Christian, my responsibility is to serve God, the church, and humanity," he says. "I am from a loving family that was very supportive of my work. I believe that 'God's time is the best.' We are all called to be servants and custodian of the Word of God."
General Advance #13037Z
Serving at the Women's Leadership Training Center in Monrovia, Liberia.
Princess M. Jusu is a missionary with the Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church serving in Monrovia, Liberia, as an instructor at the United Methodist Women's Leadership Training Center. “I am hopeful and prayerful that my service will be one that contributes to a more positive environment and will be productive for the women and children that I can assist while on assignment."
General Advance #15165Z
Serving as coordinator of health and medical services of the Congo Episcopal Area in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Pierre Diamba Manya, MD, is a missionary with the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries currently serving as coordinator of health and medical services of the Central Congo Episcopal Area in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). A gynecologist and surgeon, he has been in medical mission since 1984. “I perceive my work as a ministry,” he says. “Physical healing was a key part of Jesus’ ministry… So, when I treat people,
or do surgery, it is God who helps to heal them. When they are healed, they thank God and sing songs of praise and become followers of Jesus Christ. It is a way of evangelization.”
Emmanuel Ufonna Mefor and Florence Ogugua Mefor
GEneral advance #13990Z Emmanuel and General advance #13991Z Florence
Serving as a medical doctor in Mutambara, Zimbabwe - Emmanuel
Serving as a nurse and midwife in Mutambara, Zimbabwe - Florence
Dr. Emmanuel Ufonna Mefor, a medical doctor, and Florence Ogugua Mefor, a nurse and mid-wife, are missionaries with the Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church currently assigned to Mutambara, Zimbabwe.
General Advance #3021129
Serving as the director of the Department of General Education & Ministry of The United Methodist Church in Liberia.
Helen Roberts-Evans is a missionary of the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church, serving as director of the Department of General Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church in Liberia. Helen’s work includes meeting needs in such areas as teacher training, scholarships, resources, new school construction, and school building renovation and repair. “I want to share the love of Christ with each child because I know that His love brings peace and gives strength to overcome life’s challenges.”
General Advance #3022400
Serving at Mujila Falls Argicultural Centre in Kanyama, Zambia.
Temba Nkomozepi is a missionary with the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries serving as an agriculturalist at Mujila Falls Agriculture Center in Kanyama, Zambia. He was commissioned in October 2017.
Temba takes part in a range of agricultural, education, and health projects, as well as church growth and development. Mujila Falls raises essential crops, such as corn, and engages in small animal husbandry, cattle and goat milking, fruit culture, tree nurseries, fish culture, and research.
Mary Randall Mantor (RETIRED)
Mary Randall Mantor retired effective February 2019.
The Michigan Conference is no longer receiving funds for this missionary.
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Mission Personnel In Asia
General Advance #3022047
Serving as coordinator of the United Methodist Mission in Mongolia, based in Ulaanbaatar.
Chin Cho is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries serving as the coordinator of the United Methodist Mission in Mongolia, based in Ulaanbaatar. He was commissioned in June 2015. As the country coordinator, Chin oversees the several aspects of ministry, working with local Mongolian United Methodist leaders and other missionaries. He engages in the training of indigenous clergy, who study at the Mongolia Trinity Bible College, where he teaches Wesleyan studies.
Debbie Dornon and Lester Dornon
General Advance #10920Z - Debbie General Advance #10919Z - Lester
Serving as coordinator of expatriate service at Tensen Hospital in Western Nepal - Debbie
Serving as senior physician at Tensen Hospital in western Nepal - Lester
Deborah Dornon and Lester Dornon, M.D., are missionaries with the General Board of Global Ministries, Tansen Hospital in western Nepal in Asia. Deborah is assigned as coordinator of expatriate services at the hospital. Lester is assigned as senior physician at the hospital. Lester and Deborah returned to Nepal and Tansen as missionaries in mid-2012, having served there from 1990 to 2002.The hospital in Tansen is related to the United Mission to Nepal, established in 1954 as a partnership between the people of Nepal and a coalition of 20 Christian organizations on four continents.
General Advance #3021822
Serving as a new church planter in St. Petersburg, Russia.
The Rev. Hyo-Won Park is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries serving as a new church planter in St. Petersburg, Russia. He was commissioned in June 2013.
Familiar with the area from time previously spent there, Rev. Park is working with the leadership of the St. Petersburg District in identifying opportunities for new congregations. Methodism returned to St. Petersburg, where it had existed prior to the Communist Revolution, with the dissolution of the Soviet Union almost 25 years ago. Likely constituents for new churches are the young people who come to the city looking for jobs and educational opportunities.
Mission Personnel In Central America
Jose Roberto Pena
General Advance #14026Z
Serving as pastor at Danli Central UMC in Honduras.
The Rev. José Roberto Peña-Nazario is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church assigned as Pastorate, United Methodist Mission in Honduras. He serves as pastor at Danli Central UMC and works at developing new churches and new leaders for Christ’s ministry.
Mbwizu Ndjungu and Nkemba Ndjungu
General Advance #12909Z - Mbwizu General Advance #12910Z - Nkemba
Serving the Methodist Church of Belize
For the past 10 years Nkemba and Mbwizu Ndjungu have provided leadership in the Cameroon Initiative of The United Methodist Church. Now they leave Africa for service in Central America.
Nkemba reports in a recent email: “We have received a new assignment to serve as missionaries in Belize. We arrived September 10. The Methodist Church of Belize is part of The Methodist Church in the Caribbean and the Americas, composed of Belize, Honduras and Haiti. My task is supervising the work in the Stan Creek Circuit, to groom pastors spiritually. Mbwizu will serve as Director of Christian Education. Our prayer and hope is that you will continue to support us in this new adventure”
General Advance #3021280
Serving as coordinator of interpretation, education, and advocacy through the Methodist liaison.
Kristen Brown is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church serving as coordinator of interpretation, education, and advocacy through the Methodist liaison office in Jerusalem. This office is a joint project of Global Ministries, the British Methodist Church, and the World Methodist Council. It relates to ecumenical organizations, churches, and church-related institutions in the Holy Land, and it provides educational venues for Methodist pilgrims to the region.
Mission Personnel In North America
General Advance #11865Z
Serving at Mujila Falls Argicultural Centre in Kanyama, Zambia.
Rev. Paul L. Webster, commissioned in 1992, is a missionary with the Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church serving at the Mujila Falls Agriculture Centre in Kanyama, Zambia. The projects he develops and oversees serve the needs of the poor, rural people. “As a rural development specialist, I am attacking the root causes of poverty, disease, and hopelessness through education and training in small animal husbandry, cattle and goat milking, animal traction, tree nurseries, fruit culture, gardening and fish culture at our research and demonstration station. The goal is for families who can provide balanced nutrition for themselves and an income from small-scale, family-based production."