The Rev. Paul Jeffrey is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church, documenting the work of the church around the world as senior correspondent for Response, the magazine of United Methodist Women. Paul also provides coverage of emergencies for Action by Churches Together (the ACT Alliance), a Geneva-based global alliance of churches responding to disasters.
Paul has filed stories from more than 65 countries in Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, and Asia, writing about everything from hurricanes to healthcare, from massacres to indigenous rights, from refugees to ecumenism. In the course of his work, Paul has had what he terms the "privilege of witnessing the poor become subjects of their own history rather than the objects of someone else's history."
"I often write about what people of faith are doing to empower people at the margins to live the abundant life that's promised to them in the Gospel. I focus on why they're doing that and what the consequences of that work may be for ordinary women and men in the pews," says Paul. "When I do that well, people in the global north begin to understand how we are intrinsically linked to our sisters and brothers in the global south, not just because they share the same Gospel, but also because they share an international economic system that manufactures poverty and injustice for the majority."
As part of his assignment with the ACT Alliance, Paul assists in training nongovernmental organizations in communications strategies and practices to be implemented following emergencies.
Before his current assignment, Paul and his wife, the Rev. Dr. Lyda Pierce, served as missionaries in Nicaragua, Guatemala, and Honduras. After living in Central America for 20 years, Paul and his family moved to Eugene, Oregon in 2004, but his writing has continued to focus on similar themes, including how Christians and Christian communities struggle for justice and peace in the midst of repression, violence, and rapid economic and social change.
A native of Vancouver, Washington, Paul is an ordained elder in the Pacific Northwest Annual Conference. He served two rural churches in western Washington State before moving to Central America in 1984. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Literature and Political Science from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, and a Master of Divinity from Pacific School of Religion, part of the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California.
Paul and Lyda have two adult children, Lucas and Abigail.
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