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2011 Fall Missionary Training Information

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"The key to effective leadership is to remember the one who went before you as we pray with the one standing before you, because it might be you." Rev. Dr. Gwendolyn Roberts

Missionaries Prepare to be Sent Into the World Missionaries Prepare to be Sent Into the World

After more than three weeks of training, ten United Methodists will be commissioned and sent to missionary assignments around the world. Family, friends, and supporters are invited to participate in the commissioning via a live web event on October 11, at 7:00 p.m. ET.

Message From Leadership

Thomas Kemper, Global Ministries General Secretary

Thomas KemperDear missionaries,
It is with great excitement that I send you this word of greeting. Missionaries are at the heart of what we are doing as the General Board of Global Ministries. We connect the church in mission in order to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. This has to happen through real people who are ready to become the hands and feet of God in this world. Willing to be participants in God's mission, you embody with your presence around the world the truth that the gospel, the good news of Jesus Christ, is always more than one specific culture or nation. It transcends all borders and as much as it needs to be incarnated, it also has to be universal. I am grateful that you will live out this truth in so many places around the globe. May God bless and keep you. Be assured that we will pray and support you as best we can.

Rev. Dr. John Nuessle, Associate General Secretary for Mission Relationships

John NuessleGreetings to you who are entering into United Methodist Missionary Service,
We are all aware of John Wesley's well know dictum that, "The World is my Parish." The Biblical apologist, Saint John, stated this as, "For God so loved the World…" You are being invited to live out your faith within this global context, as ambassadors for Christ through the Church with a worldwide viewpoint. The whole world is becoming your place of assignment, through very specific settings. You are called to love the whole of God's world, as God loves. You are called to engage in God's Mission, where God is already present as a missionary God. You are called to Connect the Church in Mission in our constant effort to proclaim God's coming reign of peace, justice, healing, and wholeness to a broken and hurting world. May you know more fully each day that you are able to be this missionary presence as you live under the guiding protection and living commandment of God's Grace.

Rev. Dr. Gwendolyn Roberts, Assistant General Secretary for Recruitment, Training and Cultivation Gwendolyn Roberts

Dear Co-Laborers in the Ministry of Christ,
We embark upon new beginnings in the power and strength of the one who is able to save. It is a joy and a privilege to be on this journey as our lives are an intertwinement of experiences, graciousness, passions, wounds, and strengths, all to be used for the glory of God. Opportunities avail in being in community with others of various cultures, backgrounds, values, and expectations of being a missionary. Be eternally encouraged with a spiritual mantra: I am enthusiastic; a leader among leaders; worshipful; and faithful to new paths. My prayer is may the presence of Christ's joy, love and peace be your panoply in all of life's spiritual growth opportunities.

Jorge Domingues – Deputy General Secretary – Mission and Evangelism

Jorge DominguesDear co-workers on God's mission,
I welcome you to this journey in which we embark together. Like the experience of the disciples on the way to Emmaus, many things have happened before you came to this place and this journey. I am sure you are excited and at the same time fearful. This is a life changing moment and we are pleased you said yes to the calling to join God's mission through the General Board of Global Ministries. We are in this journey with you and have the same feelings of awe and humbleness, more so because we are not alone in this journey. Our Lord Jesus Christ is accompanying and leading us. For the next few weeks we will be accompanying you in this discernment process which will lead to your commissioning and deployment. It will be a time to get to know each other and to build a strong commitment among us as a community which joins all of those who were engaged in mission before us. This is a privilege and we thank God for your lives and your ministry. We are here to support you on this journey, and to count on you as part of this family. May God be present and guiding your lives during this time.

Rev. Judy Chung, Associate General Secretary, Missionary Services

Rev. Judy ChungGreetings and welcome to Stony Point, NY. We are so excited that you have answered God's call to serve as United Methodist Missionaries.

It's amazing to realize how God has guided you throughout your life equipping and empowering you to prepare you for this next segment of your journey. As you spend these next few weeks in residence together, it is our hope and prayer that this will be a time of spiritual renewal, leadership development, and preparation for new ways of life. May this time nurture and empower you to go forth into the world to your places of assignment.

As you do so, please know that you are never alone. Know that the One who has commanded you to "Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in threefold name: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit" has also promised to be "with you as you do this, day after day after day, right up to the end of the age." (Matt. 28:19-20, The Message)

I look forward to meeting you and partnering with you in your journey into the world.

Message From Missionary In ResidenceCatherine Whitlatch

Catherine Whitlatch

Dear Missionaries,
Using the translation of Eugene Peterson,
"The Word became flesh and moved into the neighborhood."
Blessings as you prepare to go forth and move into neighborhoods.
Blessings as you witness and work with all to keep Christ alive in the neighborhood.
Blessings as you are transformed by those in the neighborhood.

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Transportation logisticsLogistical Information

Your flights have been secured so that you can arrive within 3-6:00 PM EST on 9/17/11. The shuttle to Stony Point center is scheduled to depart from 6:15 - 6:30 PM EST from the LaGuardia Airport Central Terminal Departure Level Shuttle Pick-Up Area. There will be a sign that says Stony Point Retreat Center. Please provide us with a good mobile contact number for a cellular telephone that you plan to carry with you on the trip. We will only use this number to contact you if there are extenuating circumstances or we are unable to locate you at time of departure to Stony Point. You will be provided with your room assignment shortly.


  9/17 9/18 9/19 9/20 9/21 9/22 9/23
7:30 - 8:00 Travel to
Stony Point

8:00 - 9:00 Shuttle Departs   BREAKFAST        
10:00 - 11:45

La Guardia Airport at
6:00 PM EST


  Mission History
Foundational Work
Dr. John Nuessle
Mission Theology
Dr. Elizabeth Tapia
Spiritual Disciplines
Dr. Malcolm Frazier
The Mission is Made by Walking
Mr. Jeremiah Drake
Empire Theology &
Dr. Janet Wolf
11:45 - 12:00   MEDITATION/REFLECTION          
12:00 - 1:00   LUNCH          
1:00 - 1:30              
1:30 - 3:30   Covenant
Global Ministries
Rev. Jorge Domingues
Priesthood of
Dr. Malcolm Frazier/Dr. Elizabeth Tapia
Practicing Our Faith
Dr. Malcolm Frazier
Empire Theology
Dr. Janet Wolf
Empire Theology
Dr. Janet Wolf
4:00 - 5:30   Personal
6:00 - 7:00


7:00 - 9:00 Covenant

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List of Presenters

Rev. Jorge Domingues has served as deputy general secretary for the Mission and Evangelism program area of the General Board of Global Ministries since 2010. Rev. Domingues was born in Brazil and ordained by the Methodist Church in Brazil, where he served as pastor to five local Methodist churches. He came to Global Ministries in 1996 as executive secretary for Youth and Young Adults in the World Division. Since that time he has served as executive secretary, assistant general secretary, associate general secretary and as interim deputy general secretary for Mission Contexts and Relationships, Evangelization and Church Growth, Mission Education, Community and Institutional Ministries.  Rev. Domingues has served as a member of the Central Committee of the World Council of Churches and currently serves as a US Trustee of the World Student Christian Federation (WSCF) and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Centennial Fund of the WSCF. He is married to Rev. Rosangela Oliveira, a regional missionary with the Women's Division, and is the father of André Luiz, a junior at the University of Arizona, Tucson. He enjoys independent movies, good food, going to the beach and biking.

Rachael Barnett is originally from Johnson City, TN, and a member of the Holston Conference. She now resides in New York. Rachael works as the Mission Support Liaison for The Advance at the General Board of Global Ministries. Her responsibilities include cultivating support for the Covenant Relationship program between missionaries and congregations. She particularly enjoys connecting with the Global Ministries missionaries serving around the world on behalf of the United Methodist Church. Prior to working with The Advance, Rachael was a counselor for the Upward Bound program at East Tennessee State University. Her interest and passion for the work of the General Board of Global Ministries began when she was a US-2 Missionary in 1999-2001 serving at Wesley-Rankin Community Center in Dallas, TX. She received a Bachelor's degree in Mass Communications and Master's of Arts in School Counseling from East Tennessee State University.

Judy Chung serves as the Associate General Secretary for the Missionary Services area in the Mission and Evangelization Unit of the General Board of Global Ministries. As of July 1, 2011, Judy began serving in this capacity to provide oversight to the recruitment, training, and placement of United Methodist missionaries and to the on-going support of the missionaries in the areas of itineration and benefits.  As an ordained elder of the California-Pacific Annual Conference, Judy has served in cross-cultural contexts as  pastor in Anglo congregations in suburban contexts and in the English speaking ministry of Korean Americans.  Judy is not new to the GBGM previously having served as the Executive Secretary of Asian American and Pacific Islanders Ministries.  In addition, Judy has served on a number of boards and caucuses, including most recently the Board of Congregational Development, the Korean-American Caucus, and the Call to Action Steering Committee.  Judy can be reached at jchung@gbgm-umc.org or (212) 870-3793.

Maureen Cleary, JD, SPHR, HR Director
Maureen Cleary is the HR Director of the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church and oversees the HR department for all Global Ministries staff. 
Prior to becoming HR Director at Global Ministries, Ms. Cleary was the Senior HR Manager at FreshDirect where she developed best practices for the termination and disciplinary process, taught discrimination prevention workshops and created streamlined, more effective benefit administration processes. She has worked in varied environments, including correctional centers, health care facilities, start-ups, major law firms and county government.   Before moving into the HR arena, Ms. Cleary was a seasoned trial attorney who began her career representing criminal defense clients at the Legal Aid Society in Manhattan, then developed into an experienced civil litigator in the fields of torts and civil rights, negligence, labor grievances and employment discrimination actions as a Deputy County Attorney.  She also served as counsel to the Sheriff of Nassau County, the Nassau County Correctional Center and the Nassau County Ethics Board.

Maureen is a native New Yorker who loves to give travel tips for anyone visiting NY, believes biblical storytelling is a way to help us dig deeper into the gospel and enjoys being outdoors in almost any type of weather.

Rev. Alan Cogswell, of Massachusetts and a D.Min student at Boston Univ, can offer to lead in study of biblical and theological bases of healing as mission dimension; Alternative healing, and or basic concepts in Pastoral care and Counseling.    He does not expect an  honorarium, just  board and lodging (for 2-3 days)  & gas expenses from Boston  will be ok with him. You decide.

Mary Beth Coudal is the staff writer for Global Ministries. Beyond writing for United Methodist websites, magazines, and newspapers, Mary Beth creates curriculum, photos, ads, blog posts, tweets, Facebook updates, and all kinds of media.  She enjoys training missionaries, staff, and volunteers on how to communicate well.  Mary Beth has produced and hosted talk shows, podcasts, and webinars. She has taught classes and workshops on creative writing and improvisation. She has had many jobs, including shampoo girl, stand-up comedian, and substitute teacher.  Her favorite past time is traveling for work because then she can avoid cooking for her three lively children. While Mary Beth dislikes cooking, she loves breaking bread!

Ibrahim Dabo is the Webteam leader for the General Board of Global Ministries. He leads a dynamic team, manages and coordinates all forms of web presence, content, design, and workflow. He takes lead responsibility for and manages the Global Ministries website and microsites and the administration of the content management system--to ensure the highest level of quality and consistency in communicating the work of Global Ministries to a variety of audiences on the internet, incorporating new media, technology, and best practices. He is currently leading a complete redesign and redevelopment of the Global Ministries website.

Alberto Domínguez is the Associate working with Human Resource Information Systems, and missionary recruitment and compensation. His primary responsibility is overseeing the functioning of the missionary information database, working with Rev. Gwendolyn Roberts on missionary recruitment and selection. He is also responsible for missionary compensation, cost of living allowance and compensation research. Before joining Missionary Services, Alberto worked with The National Plan for Hispanic/Latino Ministry and Human Resources. He is a graduate of Hunter College, of The City University of New York with a Bachelor’s in Psychology and a minor concentration in Latin American and Caribbean Studies. He is also completing a Social/Cultural Psychology Master’s degree program as well as a certification in international finance and compensation.  He is fluent in Spanish, and speaks some Portuguese and Italian. He was born and raised in New York City but his family emigrated from Puerto Plata in  the North Coast, Cibao Valley Region of The Dominican Republic.

Malcolm Frazier,
The Rev. Dr. Malcolm Frazier is an ordained elder in the Baltimore-Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church.  Prior to joining the Mission Volunteers staff at the General Board of Global Ministries, he served as the Director of the Wesley Foundation United Methodist Campus Ministry at Howard University in Washington, D.C., and as Associate Pastor at Asbury UMC in D.C.  Malcolm is also an adjunct faculty member at Wesley Theological Seminary.  He earned his B.A. in French from Windham College in Putney, Vermont, and his Masters of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Wesley Theological Seminary.  Malcolm transitioned into full-time ministry in 2000 after having worked for twenty-five years at Hewlett-Packard Company in Rockville, Md., and Rosslyn, Virginia where his career included providing customer support, sales support supervision and office management. On the Baltimore-Washington Conference level he has served in the areas of youth ministry, children and poverty, volunteers-in-mission and the Board of Ordained Ministry.  Having a heart for mission, Malcolm has led and participated in numerous domestic and international experiences. He is a board member for Beyond Borders, a non-profit organization that works on the behalf of Haiti.  Malcolm has one daughter and two granddaughters. His favorite team is the Dallas Cowboys.  He satisfies his competitive side by playing tennis, both singles and doubles.

Christie R. House is the editor of New World Outlook magazine, published by the General Board of Global Ministries. She has served as editor since 2002 and as associate editor from 1996 to 2002. She earned a Master of Fine Arts in playwriting from Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, a B.A. from Drew University, and has taken the Mountain Photography course of Western Kentucky University.  Christie is presently an adult mission-team coordinator for the New York Annual Conference Council on Youth Ministries."My latest experience with the youth was last month’s ‘Camp Lead.’ I did all the food coordination, buying, and cooking for the 5-day camp. You can always be humbled by how much you have yet to learn."  Christie is married to Donald Reasoner, Coordinator for Language Interpretation at the General Board of Global Ministries. They have two daughters, Hannah, age 16, and Bekah, 21, who currently attends Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY.

Dr. Larry R. Hygh, Jr. is the Associate General Secretary, Director of Communications for the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church. Prior to Global Ministries, Hygh has been a United Methodist communicator for Southern California, Hawaii, Guam, and Saipan, as well as New England, Mississippi, and the Baltimore/Washington, D.C. area.  He has also anchored and reported for the Crown City News, an independently produced cable newscast in Pasadena, California, and the San Gabriel Valley.  In 2008, Hygh earned a Doctor of Education from Pepperdine University in Organizational Leadership.  His undergraduate and masters’ degrees are from Stephen F. Austin (SFA) State University in Nacogdoches, Texas, in Radio/Television and Mass Communications.  Hygh is an exercise enthusiast and loves to travel.  He has traveled to six of the seven continents and 44 of the 50 states in the United States.  His bucket list of"to do" items includes hosting Saturday Night Live and doing the"Proud Mary" on stage with Tina Turner.  Visit Hygh on the web at www.LarryHygh.com.

Jerald McKie serves as the Associate General Secretary for the Mission and Evangelism Program Area in the Justice and Discipleship Unit of the General Board of Global Ministries. She has served in various capacities at the General Church level for the past 33 years. In her current capacity she has oversight for several of the the General Conference mandated programs housed at GBGM and the following offices: Church & Community Workers/NPHLM, Rural and Urban Networks (RUN),  Youth & Young Adult Mission Services; Community Developers, Scholarship &Leadership Development; Women & Children, Human Rights & Racial Justice, Global Youth Networks,  and staffs the Communities of Shalom  on the National Committee(in partnership with Drew Theological School as of January 2008). These areas help identify appropriate resources to assist the varied ministries and needs of communities and local churches within The United Methodist Church. Please contact:  jmckie@gbgm-umc.org office: 212-870-3661

Ayesha Perrin, Benefits Coordinator for Active Missionaries
As the benefits coordinator I provide support to the active mission personnel community related to the Health Benefits plan, Long Term Disability insurance and Life/ AD&D benefits.  I am responsible for the activation and termination of benefits and manage status updates for missionaries and their dependents.  I provide orientation to new mission personnel and communicate benefit policy changes.  I serve as the liaison between financial services and Stirling Benefits with resolving claim processing and reimbursement concerns.

I am a graduate of the University of Virginia and have been working with Global Ministries for 14 years.  I am active in my church, Hanson Place Central UMC (Brooklyn), where I serve as a Sunday school teacher, youth choir director and as the un-official special events coordinator.  I enjoy reading, traveling and watching anything on Home & Garden television.

Fred W. Price has served for the past three-and-a-half years as the Executive Secretary for Itineration in Missionary Services.  Previously he served as a pastor in the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference and before that he served along with his wife, Lanie, for thirteen years as a missionary with the GBGM in France, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya and the former Mission Resource Center in Atlanta, GA.  His primary responsibility in Congo and Kenya was pastoral training and in Atlanta missionary care and training.  My hope is to one day own a red Ferrari which I can drive to my favorite vacation spot, Disney World.  At Missionary Leadership Preparation and Training in October he will present a model for sharing during itineration, as well as, basic information and guidelines about itineration.

Rev. Gwendolyn Roberts, D. Min., an elder in the United Methodist Church, is the Assistant General Secretary for Missionary Training and Cultivation.  This office provides oversight and training responsibilities for missionaries being deployed nationally and internationally.   This area is comprised of discernment processes in the cultivation of call to mission; promoting a collaborative environment with annual conferences; recruiting missionaries and providing leadership development opportunities.  Her formal education is as follows:  Doctorate of Ministry in New Paradigms for Church Administration in the 21st Century United Theological Seminary Dayton, Ohio; Master of Divinity United Theological Seminary Dayton, Ohio; Master of Arts in Planning and Public Administration Pepperdine University Malibu, California;  and Bachelor of Arts Oakland University Pontiac, Michigan.  A brief synopsis of Gwendolyn’s work experience  includes Director of Metro Ministries, West Ohio Conference; Executive Director Metro Ministries, Inc. Indianapolis, IN; Senior Pastor-Faith UMC, Indianapolis, IN. (Cross-Racial Appointment); Senior Pastor-Scott UMC, Indianapolis, IN; Contextual Education Supervisor-Christian Theological Seminary Indianapolis, IN; Senior Pastor Grace AMEC, Bellefontaine, Ohio;  Professor of Business Administration Central State University.  Additionally she has provided training nationally and internationally:  Contract Law, Ministry of Supervision, Contract Negotiations, Mentor Training, Financial Strategies Workshops, and Seminars on Pastoral Care; CRM’s Re-Focus-certification; Natural Church Development, Fund Development , Kaleidoscope Inclusiveness,  Asset Based Community Development, Gift-Based Church Development.  Gwen has two adult sons, and enjoys hiking, bicycling, reading and embroidery.   People know that Gwen will go to see a good movie but she really enjoys the popcorn.

Elizabeth S. Tapia, a native of the Philippines now living in New York City, is a practical theologian, disciple of Christ, UMC clergy, wife, learner-educator, lover of all things beautiful and peaceful.  Influenced by her Methodist roots, Asian liberation theology and spirituality, women’s struggle for equality, and growing up in a fishing village of Bulacan, Philippines with seven sisters and two brothers, Elizabeth is a migrant theologian who seeks to facilitate a postcolonial and holistic view of Christian mission.  She is energized by meeting people from all walks of life. She has taught and worked for many years at Union Theological Seminary in the Philippines, Tainan Theological Seminary in Taiwan, Bossey Ecumenical  Institute (WCC) Switzerland, and Drew University Theological School.  Elizabeth joined the GBGM Staff in April 2011 as Director of Mission Theology and Education.  She studied in the Philippines and in the United States (BA, M. Div., MA, Ph.D. in Religion and Theology).  With passion for mission and intercultural encounters, Elizabeth greets those she meets with Mabuhay (Philippine greeting"May you have blessed/abundant life") and Namaste (Indian, "I honor the divine in you").

Catherine (Cathy) Whitlatch is an ordained elder in the Iowa Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church and served more than 15 years as a GBGM missionary in Argentina.  Upon returning to the United States, Cathy has served as a National Plan for Hispanic/Latino Missionary in Iowa and later as the Mission Interpreter in the Western Jurisdiction.  Presently Cathy is assigned as the Missionary in Residence (MIR) at GBGM where she is a liaison between the world wide missionary community and the staff and Board of Directors of GBGM. "Chatty Cathy" hopes to meet and communicate with as many missionaries as possible in order to faithfully represent a missionary perspective at GBGM

Janet Wolf is an ordained elder in the Tennessee Annual Conference, and the Professor of Church and Society at American Baptist College in Nashville, Tennessee.  She has served as a community organizer around poverty rights issues, harm reduction and transformative justice; a United Methodist pastor in rural and urban congregations; and a working partner with people in prison and on the streets.  She has taught at Vancouver School of Theology, Drew School of Theology, and Methodist Theological School in Ohio, Vanderbilt Divinity School, Riverbend Maximum Security Prison and the Charles Bass Correctional Complex.  She has written a Back to Topnumber of articles, including the chapter "To See and To Be Seen" in the book I Was in Prison


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