Stephanie Kimec is a missionary through the US-2 young adult program of the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church. Commissioned in August 2011, she has a dual assignment to the Immigration Task Force of the California-Pacific Annual Conference and the Echo Park Shalom Ministry in Los Angeles.
US-2 missionaries are young adults who serve two-year terms in the United States. Their work, often with the poor, integrates faith and justice as they learn from and walk with communities in their struggles to address systematic injustice and human suffering.
The conference Immigration Task Force, organized in 2008, promotes just, humane immigration reform; provides legal clinics for immigrants; and offers material and human resources to immigrants and their families. The Shalom Ministry of Echo Park United Methodist Church serves immigrant families in a neighborhood near downtown Los Angeles. It engages in advocacy, service, and education.
On both conference and local levels, Stephanie assists in organizing immigrant ministries, including recruitment and training of volunteers for neighborhood immigration clinics, and interpretation of the ministries to local churches. She helps to coordinate the spirituality, arts, and social justice multicultural program at Echo Park.
A native of Virginia, Stephanie is a member of Saint Mark's United Methodist Church in Midlothian. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Virginia Wesleyan College in Norfolk and a Master of Divinity from Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, DC. She can communicate in English and Spanish. While in seminary, Stephanie was a ministry intern in Mount Olivet United Methodist Church, Arlington, Virginia, and took part in mission trips to Guatemala.
A lifelong United Methodist, Stephanie was deeply moved by a presentation by covenant missionaries in her local church while in junior high school. "It was then that God placed in my heart a seed that has grown into a passion for mission. I remember thinking how being a missionary was the best job in the world."
Her mother saw that Stephanie and her younger sister took part in local mission (such as visiting in nursing homes), disaster relief, and mission trips. "I went on a mission trip almost every summer," she recalls, "and always returned with a renewed call to mission…I interned in Guatemala for a summer and served as a guide for mission groups."
"As my faith has grown, my concept of mission has changed," she continues. "I think humility is very important in ministry. In my time in Guatemala, I was so amazed by the faith lives of the people I encountered who had so little, yet their faith was so much stronger than mine. It's important in my theology of mission for all parties to be open so they…can learn from one another."
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