The Rev. James Dwyer is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church, currently serving the annual conferences of the Western Jurisdiction as mission interpreter. He and his wife Helen, a retired missionary, reside Claremont, California, and plan to take up residency at Pilgrim Place in November 2011.
From 2007 to 2009, Jim was regional executive secretary for Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia at Global Ministries, and from 2010 to 2011was staff liaison and a member of the Cabinet level Strategic Planning Team at the mission agency.
Jim and Helen served in missionary assignments in Austria and Germany from 1984 to 2007. During eight years in Austria, Jim was pastor to three different German-speaking congregations and one English-speaking international congregation of the Austria Provisional Annual Conference (esumc.at and emk.at). For 11 years, beginning in 1992, the Dwyers were in Munich, Germany, in the Germany Central Conference, working with the German United Methodist Friedenskirche. They led a handful of people in an English-language ministry to grow their own structure and become a strong congregation of 70 members and 200 constituents known as Peace Church United Methodist (peacechurch.de).
From 2003 until their return to the United States in 2007, Jim and Helen were assigned to English-speaking ministry at the United Methodist Kreuzkirche (Church of the Cross) in Hamburg, Germany. The congregation moved out of a period of uncertainty and dependency on an equally small German-speaking host church into a period of growth and confidence. It became the Hamburg International United Methodist Church using centrally located facilities shared with the Seventh Day Adventists hosts, meaning more available space on Sundays. In Hamburg, Helen initiated congregational choir work that continues and directed an African-initiated ecumenical choir that recorded a DVD at Easter and performed publicly in Advent in 2006.
Jim states that, "Helen's and my service has always assumed that all persons are God's children, and our brothers and sisters, no matter their faith or lack of faith confession, and that our calling is to be of service and bear witness to all to the degree possible. A 'Catholic Spirit,' as John Wesley has taught it, has provided us with many ecumenical and interdenominational contacts. We have also had the privilege of working closely in a supporting role in innovative internet presence, ecumenical outreach, and event and retreat planning dealing with immigrant and prison ministries across national and language lines."
In assuming his new position in the fall of 2011, Jim said that he looked "forward to serving in the Western Jurisdiction, the only one of the five US jurisdictions in which I have not previously lived or studied. I find it fascinating that my first opportunity for contact in the jurisdiction is an invitation to preach in the German-speaking ministry in Redmond, Washington." After learning new cultures in Austria, Southern Germany, Northern Germany, and New York City, he welcomes the opportunity to work with the eight annual conferences west of the Rockies.
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