Serna E. Samuel
The Reverend Serna Samuel, United Methodist Women Regional Missionary for the Caribbean, provides a glimpse into her work on HIV/AIDS.
Four-part Audio Interview
The Rev. Serna E. Samuel is a regional missionary with United Methodist Women, working with Women and Youth in English- and French-speaking areas of the Caribbean. Commissioned in October 2009, she is working to upgrade organizational development and the infrastructure of the Methodist Church in the Caribbean and Americas (MCCA), relating to ministries with women and youth. The work is collaborative and ecumenical, and deals with such specifics as HIV/AIDS, violence against women, and youth opportunities.
"My view is that my service to God lies in my service to my brothers and sisters," says Serna, who was born in the nation of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, where her ministry is based.
Serna grew up in the Methodist Church in St. Vincent. She attended Teachers College there and the University of the West Indies in Jamaica, where she studied education and counseling. She was a teacher for 25 years and was ordained in 2007; she holds her clergy credentials through the South Caribbean District of the MCCA.
Inculcated with strong Christian values and regular church attendance as a child, Serna grew into a strong relationship with Jesus Christ. Hearing the call to ministry, "I answered in the affirmative," she says. "Christ calls us daily to serve him and to serve our brothers to sisters…It is my firm belief that my life should be one of service to others."
Her work as a regional missionary entails the development of a coalition of churches and faith-based organizations to address a range of social and economic challenges.
Serna and her husband, Godfrey E. Samuel, are the parents of one child, Seon G.M. Samuel, born in 1992.