Common Global Ministries Board Appoints Nine Missionaries
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On November 14, 2011, the Common Global Ministries Board commissioned nine new and reappointed missionaries to serve on behalf of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the United Church of Christ in ministries of accompaniment and critical presence. Global Ministries celebrates the appointment of these individuals as they prepare to serve with partner churches and sisters and brothers around the world. Those commissioned at the meeting were:
Elena Huegel, a member of Iglesia Cristiana Ebenezer, Los Fresnos, Texas, will serve a four year term with the Pentecostal Church of Chile (IPC) beginning March 1, 2012. She will work as chaplain and consultant for peace, conflict transformation, environmental education, trauma healing and community development at the Shalom Center and its international program.
Michael Joseph, a member of First Congregational Church, Washington, D.C., will serve a four year term with the Restoration, Life and Peace Commission of the Council of Evangelical Churches (CEDECOL) beginning November 1, 2011. He will provide pastoral critical presence to church leaders and lay people who are living in life-threatening situations.
Julianna Nitz, a member of Central Christian Church, Lexington, Kentucky, will serve a one year term (with the possibility of extension) as a Global Mission Intern witht the Jaffna Diocese of the Chruch of South India in Sri Lanka beginning January 1, 2012. She will work as a music teacher at the Uduvil Girls College, Christian Theological Seminary and Jaffna College.
Katie Pickens, a member of Woodmont Christian Church, Nashville, Tennessee, will serve a one year term (with the possibility of extension) as a Long-Term Volunteer with the National Spiritual Council of Churches of Haiti (CONASPEH) beginning January 1, 2012. She will work as a consultant and co-administrator of the Ferdinand Garcia Transformational Center of CONASPEH.
Elizabeth and Douglas Searles, members of Schleswig United Church of Christm Schleswig, Iowa, will serve a six month term (with the possibility of a six-month extension) with the Evangelical Reformed Church of Poland beginning January 1, 2012. They will work as mission workers for church growth and outreach.
Marian Thorpe and James deBoer, members of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Spokane, Washington and Central Congregational Church, Providence, Rhode Island respectively, will serve a one year term (with the possibility of extension) as Long-Term Volunteers witht the Round Table for Mission Development of the Disciples of Christ Church in Argentina and Paraguay. They will work as consultants for mission development.
Gabrielle Worley, a member of First United Church, Oak Park, Illinois, will serve a one year term (with the possibility of an extension) as a Global Mission Intern with the Middle East Council of Churches (MECC) and the Forum for Development, Culture, and Dialogue (FDCD), in Beirut, Lebanon beginning January 1, 2012. She will work with the MECC and the FDCD on their joint work with Iraqi refugees.