Fifteen new missionaries to be commissioned this week

Missionaries to be commissioned on October 11 with GBGM General Secretary Thomas Kemper GBGM Photo

Missionaries to be commissioned on October 11 with GBGM General Secretary Thomas Kemper
GBGM Photo

New York, NY — The United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries (GBGM) announced that they will be commissioning 15 new missionaries at a special worship service on Friday, October 11. 2013. These 15 persons have been participating in a three week training program to prepare them for service. The group includes people from the Philippines, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Brazil, and members will be placed for assignment in the United States, Japan, Senegal, Mexico, Bolivia, and the Dominican Republic.

Thomas Kemper, General Secretary for GBGM, met with the group to offer encouragement as “they participate in God’s mission.”

The commissioning service will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Christ Church United Methodist located at 520 Park Ave., New York, NY 10065. Bishop John Yambasu of Sierra Leone will be preaching.


Fall 2013 Missionaries

To Be Commissioned as a Church and Community Worker Missionary

 Brooke Atchley

Home Church/Conference: Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church Johnson City, Tennessee (Holston Annual Conference)
Placement: Tazewell District Cooperative Ministry Tazewell, Virginia (Tazewell District of Holston Annual Conference)

To Be Commissioned as National Plan for Hispanic/Latino Ministry Missionaries

 Humberto Casanova

Home Church/Conference: Hillcrest Christian Reformed Church Hudsonville, Michigan

Placement: Resource Development Grand Rapids, Michigan

Edney Joaquim

Home Church/Conference: Elder, Sixth Conference, Methodist Church of Brazil

Placement: Communitàs Roswell, Georgia (Atlanta/Roswell District, North Georgia Annual Conference)

Manuel Padilla

Home Church/Conference: Refugio de Paz Guadalupe, NL, México (Conferencia Annual Oriental)

Placement: Strategy and Ministry Nashville, Tennessee

Brenda Vaca

Home Church/Conference: Elder, California-Nevada Annual Conference

Placement: Western Jurisdiction West Sacramento, California (based in offices of California-Nevada Annual Conference)


To Be Commissioned as a Korean Ministry Plan Missionary

Han Sung Kim

Home Church/Conference: Grace Vision United Methodist Church Watertown, Massachusetts (New England Annual Conference)

Placement: Korean Ministry Plan Boston, Massachusetts (New England Annual Conference)

 To Be Commissioned as Global Missionaries

Rachel deBos

Home Church/Conference: First United Methodist Church of Upland Upland, California (California-Pacific Annual Conference)

Placement: Mission Interpreter for Young Adult Mission Service New York, New York (General Board of Global Ministries)

Ronald Julian

Home Church/Conference: Deparo United Methodist Church Caloocan City, Philippines (Philippines East Annual Conference)

Placement: Chaplain, International Seafarers Ministry, Yokohama, Japan (Ecumenical)


Mei Yan (Kennis) Lam

Home Church/Conference: Epworth Village Methodist Church (Methodist Church of Hong Kong)

Placement (cosponsored with the Methodist Church of Hong Kong): Youth Minister, Okamoto Church Kobe City, Japan (United Church of Christ in Japan)


David Makobo N’Shikala

Home Church/Conference: Jerusalem Francophone Parish of Lubumbashi Lubumbashi (South Congo Annual Conference)

Placement: Agriculturalist, Senegal United Methodist Mission Dakar, Senegal (Senegal Mission)


Carmen Aracelis Melendez-Collado

Home Church/Conference: Ocala West United Methodist Church Ocala, Florida (Florida Annual Conference)

Placement: Director of Training, Promotion and Interpretation, Give Ye Them to Eat Puebla, México (Methodist Church of Mexico)


Alejandro Rodriguez-Acevedo

Home Church/Conference: Ocala West United Methodist Church Ocala, Florida (Florida Annual Conference)

Placement: Program Director, Give Ye Them to Eat Puebla, México (Methodist Church of Mexico)


Ricardo Ramos-Díaz

Home Church/Conference: Elder, Greater New Jersey Annual Conference

Placement: National Coordinator of Theological Education La Paz, Bolivia (Evangelical Methodist Church of Bolivia)

Osias Alberto Segura-Guzmán

Home Church/Conference: Covenant United Methodist Spokane, Washington (Pacific Northwest Annual Conference)

Placement: Theological Seminary of the Evangelical Dominican Church Puerta Plata, Dominican Republic (Ecumenical)


Charissa Shawcross

Home Church/Conference: Livonia-Newburg United Methodist Church Livonia, Michigan (Detroit Annual Conference)

Placement: Mission Interpreter, North Central Jurisdiction Detroit, Michigan (General Board of Global Ministries)

General Board of Global Ministries

The General Board of Global Ministries is the global mission agency of The United Methodist Church, its annual conferences, missionary conferences, and local congregations. A major responsibility of Global Ministries is to connect the various parts of the Church as United Methodists engage in global mission. The aim of Global Ministries is to be a biblically rooted, historically informed, and organizationally flexible means of spreading the good news.

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