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Step 5: Mission Personnel

Give to at least one of the following Mission Personnel

Mission Personnel within the Michigan Annual Conference

Sonya Luna

Sonya Luna's missionary service ended effective September 1,  2020. She continues to serve on Michigan Conference staff. 

The Michigan Conference is no longer receiving funds for this missionary. 

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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 Michigan Annual Conference . Randy has served as a Church and Community worker at 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

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.  

The Global Mission Fellows program takes young adults ages 20-30 out of their home environments and places them in new contexts for mission experience and service. The program has a strong emphasis on faith and justice. Global Mission Fellows become active parts of their new local communities. They connect the church in mission across cultural and geographical boundaries. They grow in personal and social holiness and become strong young leaders working to build just communities in a peaceful world. 

Megan is a member of First United Methodist Church, Bossier City, Louisiana Annual Conference. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with a concentration on applied science from Louisiana State University, Shreveport. 

From age 3, Megan grew up in The United Methodist Church. “I was an acolyte for a long time, and I loved being a part of the church in that way,” she said. “I was also very involved in our youth program.” She thought she knew what it meant to be a Christian.  

Megan went to college and participated in various small groups and ministries. She found herself deepening her relationship with Christ. It was not until she went on her first mission journey as an adult, though, that she truly felt a calling and connection.  

“I had not known that I was missing something until then,” Megan said. “I truly felt the impact of Christ. I felt as if I were being called to go out and do. I felt a purpose.” 

A few years later, a job opportunity arose at her church. “I am the administrative assistant, family life coordinator and missions liaison,” Megan said. She also volunteers with the youth and serves as an usher. 

“Once I started working at my church,” she added. “I realized that I could do so much more. While working as the missions liaison, I have 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.”  

BAILEY GREY TOWNSEND

Advance # 3022653

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

Motown Mission - Detroit, MI

Bailey Grey Townsend 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. 

The Global Mission Fellows program takes young adults ages 20-30 out of their home environments and places them in new contexts for mission experience and service. The program has a strong emphasis on faith and justice. Global Mission Fellows become active parts of their new local communities. They connect the church in mission across cultural and geographical boundaries. They grow in personal and social holiness and become strong young leaders working to build just communities in a peaceful world.  

Bailey is a member of Munsey Memorial United Methodist Church, Johnson City, Tennessee, in the Holston Annual Conference. She is a member of the church’s praise band and assists with a ninth-grade girls’ life-group class. She also has led Bible studies and participated in mission journeys.  

She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in interdisciplinary studies from East Tennessee State University, Johnson City.    

“Growing up in the church,” Bailey said, “I encountered and experienced the love of Christ, and others, from a young age. I continued to follow, worship and serve throughout my years of attending and working at vacation Bible school and participating in church camps.”   

Bailey’s passion is singing.  

“I sang throughout my school and church years,” she said, “and have now been blessed by singing in the praise band. This was always one of my goals.”  

Music calls Bailey “to evoke others to feel the deep emotions of love and Jesus,” she said. “Music often speaks when others and or words cannot. Music has provided me an outlet and safehouse to express my emotions and thoughts, which has brought me closer to God. Whenever I need a pick-me-up or a song of hope I know where to turn.”  

With her future in missions, Bailey wants to bring – and spread – light pertaining to social justice issues. “Working with people, learning and aiding communities has become my aspiration in life,” she said. “I believe there is no better way to grow than by showing others what God has blessed and taught me. I also trust that with exploring and involvement, I can deepen my faith and trust in God by gaining what others have bestowed upon me. Equality for all is not accomplished by speaking just with those in power but by hearing and learning from every person.”   

CENAYA M. WARD-JOHNS

Advance # 3022663

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

Wesley Foundation of Kalamazoo, MI

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.    

The Global Mission Fellows program takes young adults ages 20-30 out of their home environments and places them in new contexts for mission experience and service. The program has a strong emphasis on faith and justice. Global Mission Fellows become active parts of their new local communities. They connect the church in mission across cultural and geographical boundaries. They grow in personal and social holiness and become strong young leaders working to build just communities in a peaceful world.   

Cenaya is a lay member of United Fellowship Ministries, a nondenominational congregation in Dover, Delaware. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice from Delaware State University, Dover, where she served as president and vice president of the United Methodist Wesley Foundation. She also taught Bible studies on campus and started the Psalm Praise Dance Team as a outlet for fellowship and ministry. 

“I grew up in a Christian household,” Cenaya recalled, “so faith was instilled in me since I was young. But even as a kid and into middle school, volunteering to serve was something I loved. I was in the day care playing with the babies and in middle school helping in the kitchen.” 

High school was tough for Cenaya as she strugged with unstable living conditions. Her grandmother was her rock. 

“During that time,” Cenaya said, “my grandmother made sure every morning she read a devotion to us and every Sunday we were at church.” Cenaya admitted only calling on God when something needed fixing. “I am grateful,” she added, “that even though I wasn’t giving God the relationship he deserved, he still was a provider to me.” 

College proved a time of spiritual growth for the young woman. As a first-year student, Cenaya said, “I spent the first month going to a different church every weekend to find one to call ‘home.’ From talking and connecting with people on campus, I found two Bible studies that I loved. They ignited my passion for God because I didn’t feel like a outcast. Being surrounded by young people my age on fire for Christ was so encouraging.” 

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 worshipping with God’s people. We didn’t understand each other, but we still connected. They were so grateful for the building we did, and I was so grateful for the privilege to experience their homes and help.”  

Cenaya sees God both as a parent and a best friend. “This year alone,” she continued, “one of the greatest lessons I have learned in my intimate time with God is that he cares about my feelings as emotions.  

“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

Delbert Groves and Sandy Groves (RETIRED)

Delbert and Sandy Groves retired effective December 2020.

The Michigan Conference is no longer receiving funds for these missionaries

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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."

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. “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."

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.

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.

 

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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Pierre Manya (RETIRED)

Pierre Manya retired.

The Michigan Conference is no longer receiving funds for this missionary. 

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Mission Personnel In Asia

Chin Cho

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.

Hyon-Won Park

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.

ADAM SHAW

General Advance #3021347

Serving as International Linkages Coordinator for Korea at the Asia Pacific Regional Office, based in Seoul, South Korea. 

Adam Shaw is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church serving as the International Linkages Coordinator for Korea at the Asia Pacific Regional Office, based in Seoul, South Korea. In light of the continuing Korean Conflict, he works with various churches and community organizations to further efforts for justice and peace, to seek ways toward community and healing, and build national networks to better understand each other.

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”

Kristen Brown

Kristen Brown is no longer a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church.

The Michigan Conference is no longer receiving funds for this missionary. 

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Mission Personnel In North America

Paul Webster

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."