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Step 5: Mission Personnel

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Mission Personnel within the Michigan Annual Conference

Randy Joe Hildebrant

General Advance #982961

Serving God's County Cooperative Parish in Newberry, MI.

Randy Hildebrant is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church assigned as a Church and Community Worker at God’s Country Cooperative Parish, based in Newberrry, Michigan. The parish consists of seven churches. Randy works with them in community development, leadership development,special projects, and in hosting volunteer-in-mission teams. He travels among and speaks often in the churches. God’s County Cooperative Parish has been a transforming community for 30 years

Global Mission Fellows/US-2S

The Global Mission Fellows (GMF) program combines the strengths of the US-2 and Mission Intern programs that began in 1951 and 1977,respectively. The GMF program engages young adults passionate about social justice to serve either in one’s own country or internationally,literally ‘from everywhere, to everywhere’. The program’s core values of Engage with Local Communities, Connect the Church in Mission and Grow in Personal and Social Holiness inform both the mission work and personal life of these young missionaries. Today, there are over 1000alumni of these programs around the world serving in a broad spectrum of ministries, still passionate about social justice, still integrating the lessons they learned through their term of service into their daily vocations.

MEGAN MARIE RITTENBERRY

Advance # 3022640

Global Mission Fellow/US-2 (2021-2023)

United Methodist Community House - Grand Rapids, MI

Megan Marie Rittenberry is a Global Mission Fellow with the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries, engaged in a two-year term of service. She is part of the 2021-2023 Global Mission Fellow cohort and is currently serving at the United Methodist Community House in Grand Rapids. “Once I started working at my church,” she says,“I realized that I could do so much more. While working as the mission liaison, I found a love for missions work. There is so much opportunity to help others and share God’s love with the community and the world. I want to continue to bring God’s love and the church out into the world.I want to learn and discover new ways of doing missions work. I want to be the difference and change for at least one person.”

CENAYA M. WARD-JOHNS

Advance # 3022663

Global Mission Fellow/US-2 (2021-2023)

Wesley at Western Michigan University

Cenaya Ward-Johns is a Global Mission Fellow (US-2) with the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries, engaged in a two-year term of service. She is part of the 2021-2023 Global Mission Fellow cohort and is currently working at Wesley at Western Michigan University. In the summer of 2018, Cenaya’s uncle invited her to take a mission journey with his church to the Dominican Republic. “This was life-changing,” Cenaya said. “I loved every moment of working and worshiping with God’s people. We didn’t understand each other, but we still connected.” “I feel called to missions work because serving God’s people gives me joy. God has provided so much for me, and I just want to give it back."

Mission Personnel Beyond The Michigan Annual Conference

 

Mission Personnel in Africa

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 Interim Treasurer Liberia Annual Conference/ Interim Financial Officer in Liberia & Nigeria. 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

Princess Jusu

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.Mrs. Jusu’s ministry includes teaching skills which entail tailoring, tie-dying, knitting and home economics for women and girls who, for various reasons, have dropped out of school. Princess also assists with the village health outreach program for women.

Helen Roberts-Evans

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."

Temba Nkomozepi

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.

 

Mission Personnel In Asia

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.

T. Park

General Advance #3022591

T. Park is a United Methodist missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries serving as the Christian education coordinator for the United Methodist Mission in Southeast Asia. Ms. Park’s ministry supports the spiritual development and education of families and children in Southeast Asia. A native of Seoul South Korea, Ms. Park earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in education from the University of California at Riverside (1995) and a Master of Theology and Ministry degree from Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California (2015). She is pursuing ordination as a deacon in the United Methodist Church. Prior to becoming a missionary,Ms. Park has been a schoolteacher, children’s minister, and mentor to youth experiencing homelessness.

J. Park

General Advance #3022592

The Rev. J. Park is a United Methodist missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries serving as the country director of the Southeast Asia Mission Initiative. He is based in Ho Chi Minh City.Rev. Park’s ministry focuses on congregational development, including support of local pastoral leadership and the cultivation of small group ministries for the church and community. A native of Seoul, South Korea, Rev. Park earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in social ecology from the University of California, Irvine (1992) and a Master of Divinity degree from Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California (1998). Ordained in 2004, he is an elder in the California-Pacific Annual Conference and has served as a pastor and church-planter for 20 years.

Mission Personnel In Central America

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”

CHARLES MULEMENA

General Advance #3022034

The Rev. Charles I. Mulemena is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church, serving as a Pastor and Trainer of the MCCA Belize Honduras District, The Methodist Church in the Caribbean and the Americas, based in Belize. He was commissioned in October 2015. Charles’ work includes pastoral leadership and support. He is from Kitwe, Zambia and is an elder of the Zambia Annual Conference. Charles received a diploma in theology and mission in 2007 from the Trans-Africa Theological Seminary located in Zambia, and also holds certificates in church administration and psychological counseling. He has served as youth coordinator for his annual conference and as a prison ministry coordinator.

MISSION PERSONNEL IN EUROPE

DOUGLAS CHILDRESS

General Advance #3022134

The Rev. Douglas R. Childress is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church serving as pastor of international ministry in Tallinn, Estonia, and lecturer in church history and practical theology at Baltic Methodist Theological Seminary there.Douglas is helping to shape an English-language ministry and to enlarge the English curriculum at the seminary, which offers instruction in Estonian, Russian, and English. Douglas is an elder of the Upper New York Annual Conference. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in legal studies from Grand Valley State University, Allendale, Michigan, and a Master of Divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, Kentucky.

 

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