Missionaries

Missionary covenants provide dynamic, global relationships

A covenant is a dynamic relationship where the church and the missionary pray for each other and communicate regularly. Churches choose a specific missionary to support with funding from $5-per-member-per-year for small churches or $2,500 for large membership churches. There are more than 300 United Methodist missionaries serving in the United States and 60 countries.

What does covenanting mean to the local church? When a church engages in a covenant with a missionary, the congregation begins to look beyond their own church to make a positive difference in the lives of persons whom they may never meet. Every three years, when possible, missionaries visit their supporting churches to inform and update about their ministries.

What does having covenant relationships mean to the Mountain Sky Conference? Having a global perspective creates an awareness of needs beyond the local community and helps ensure that awareness is addressed in conference programming, education and funding. 

 

On this page, you will find bios, news, and more about the following missionaries:


 MOZART ADEVU

 Mozart M. K. Adevu is a United Methodist missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries serving as the Africa regional coordinator for the Sustainable Agriculture and Development Program for the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). He is based in Accra, Ghana, West Africa.

To view Advenu's full biography and support him with a donation, click here.

Click to read missionary Mozart Adevu's summer newsletter


Cho ChinCHIN CHO

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.

The Mongolia Mission is one of several recent mission initiatives of the church. It was launched in 2002 with a hospice ministry and has grown steadily and in 2015 included seven congregations, two of which had more than 200 members each; two children’s ministry centers, a detention ministry, and health services. Many of the church members are highly educated young people.

As the country coordinator, Chin oversees the several aspects of ministry, working with local Mongolian United Methodist leaders and other missionaries. Read Chin's full profile here | Chin Cho Sept. 2018 Newsletter



KEN CRUZ

Serving with the Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church, Kennedy (Ken) Cruz is in mission in Cambodia with the Community Health and Agriculture Development (CHAD) Program working as a Community Development Specialist. Mr. Cruz has served in that position since October 2007.

Mr. Cruz and his family have lived in Cambodia and Laos for many years, and his work focuses on community development and organization as well as program consulting. Much of his work has been among the poor in organization of holistic community development and resource generation.

To view Cruz's full biography and support him with a donation, click hereRead recent stories and photos and the 2016 Highlights.


 GORDON GRANER

Gordon Graner is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church working in the area of church development with the Iglesia Evangélica Dominicana (Evangelical Church in the Dominican Republic). This assignment became effective in early April 2013. 

To view Graner's full biography and support him with a donation, click here.

 

 

 


KUTELA KATEMBO

Kutela Katembo is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church, serving as agriculturist at Quessua Mission in the East Angola Annual Conference. He was commissioned in 2015.

Quessua Mission, a historical center of Methodism in Angola, was almost totally destroyed in the three decades of civil war that finally ended in 2002. The facility, which includes a church, a school, dormitories, and a farm, is still recovering. Quessua aims to produce enough food to feed its students and community. Kutela Katembo also works with the annual conference in evolving a sustainable agriculture policy that can help to overcome hunger and poverty in the region. Read his full bio here | April 2018 Newsletter


 

NAN MCCURDY AND MIGUEL MAIRENA

Nan McCurdy and husband, Miguel Mairena, are missionaries with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church, serving with GYTTE - Give Ye Them to Eat in Puebla and Tlancualpican, Mexico. Click here to view their website.

At GYTTE there is a team of fourteen people who work in Agricultural Development, Community Development, Education and promotion of appropriate technologies, formation of health promoters, Livestock development, Church and Faith Development and a work study program both with US Christians and Mexican Christians called AWARE Alternative Work-Study and Reality Experience.

They are members of the Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference.

To view McCurdy's full biography and support her with a donation, click here.

 


MIGUEL MAIRENA AND NAN MCCURDY

Miguel Mairena and wife Nan McCurdy are missionaries with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church, serving with GYTTE - Give Ye Them to Eat in Puebla and Tlancualpican, Mexico. Click here to view their website.

At GYTTE there is a team of fourteen people who work in Agricultural Development, Community Development, Education and promotion of appropriate technologies, formation of health promoters, Livestock development, Church and Faith Development and a work study program both with US Christians and Mexican Christians called AWARE Alternative Work-Study and Reality Experience.

They are members of the Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference.

To view Mairena's full biography and support him with a donation, click here.

 


DR. EMMANUEL AND FLORENCE MEFOR

Dr. Emmanuel Ufonna Mefor, a medical doctor, is currently assigned to Mutambara, Zimbabwe. His wife, Florence O. Mefor, is also a GBGM missionary serving in Mutambara.

“God's mission is being carried out through our work of unending stream of patients being cared for physically, spiritually, and psychologically,”

To view their full biography and support them with a donation, click here.


JENNIFER MOORE

Jennifer Moore is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church serving as a Christian educator with The United Methodist Church in the Republic of Macedonia. She was commissioned in May 2016.

Drawn by God to mission work after participating in a short-term mission trip in college, Jennifer has prepared for a life of cross-cultural Christian service through her educational, volunteer, and vocational endeavors.

To view Moore's full biography and support with a donation, click here.

 

 


KENNETH KOOME NKANDO

Kenneth Koome Nkando is the mission financial officer in the East Angola Annual Conference in Africa. As financial officer, he is responsible for the delivery of mission funds to The United Methodist Church and its projects in East Angola, the keeping of accurate records, and providing support services to visiting Volunteer-In-Mission teams, church partners, and conference mission agencies.

Through the partnership of Rocky Mountain and Yellowstone Conferences, a new truck was purchased for Ken!

To view Koome's full biography and further support him with a donation, click here.


DONNA CHAAT PEWO

Donna Chaat Pewo is serving as a Church and Community Worker at the Clinton and El Reno Church and Community Ministry of the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference (OIMC).

The Clinton/El Reno ministry, a priority of the OIMC, primarily serves children of the Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes in a rural area west of Oklahoma City. It includes worship, tutoring, and recreation. The ministry strives to win the trust of the Cheyenne and Arapaho, who have a skeptical view of Methodists. The Cheyenne and Arapaho remember that some 180 of their people, including many children, were massacred at Sand Creek, Colorado in 1864.

To view Pewo's full biography and support her with a donation, click here.


DR. ALBERT G. WILLICOR

Dr. Albert G. Willicor, missionary through the General Board of Global Ministries Global Health, is Chief Medical Officer at Ganta United Methodist Hospital in Ganta, Liberia, Liberia Annual Conference.

 

To view Dr. Willicor's full biography and support him with a donation, click here.

Click to read Dr. Albert Willicor's April 2017 newsletter