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Tennessee Conference Missionaries
Kim Duk HongHong-Duk Kim

Serving At: United Methodist World Mission Office in Seoul, South Korea

Home Country: South Korea

The Rev. Hong-Duk Kim is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church assigned to manage the United Methodist World Mission Office in Seoul, Korea.

The World Mission Office in Seoul builds bridges with the Korean Methodist Church, the world’s second-largest Methodist denomination, and oversees the use of United Methodist facilities and resources that are legacies of a rich mission history. Read More

Kathleen PetersonKathleen Peterson

Serving At: Out in Faith Bakken Oil Rush Ministry in North Dakota, United States

Home Country: United States

Kathleen E. (Katie) Peterson is a deaconess serving as a Church and Community Worker with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church. Her current missionary assignment is with the Out in Faith Bakken Oil Rush Ministry in Williston, North Dakota.

She works with the ministry and assists Faith United Methodist Church and the community of Williston to reach out to people making a fresh start who are drawn to the area by the Bakken oil boom in northwest North Dakota. Out in Faith provides blankets, coats, and household goods to individuals and families in need. It assists people in learning to live on budgets in order to survive, and is exploring new ways to help the people and the community deal with the evolving situation. Read More


 

Missionaries Supported by the Tennessee Conference
Eric SoardEric Soard

Serving At: Mara Region in Tanzania, Africa

Home Country: United States

Spouse: Elizabeth Soard

Eric Soard is a United Methodist missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries assigned along with his wife, Elizabeth Soard, as a church planter and discipleship trainer in the Mara Region of Tanzania.

The United Methodist Church in Tanzania has expanded rapidly since it was launched by the North Katanga Annual Conference in 1989 in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), with assistance from Global Ministries. Volunteers in mission have helped to extend the church into the Mara Region in northern Tanzania, bordering Kenya, but the area has few trained, ordained pastors. Eric and Elizabeth will initially concentrate on the Tarime area. The couple is familiar with this area since they spent two years in Tanzania as volunteers working with Angel House Orphanage and Angel Secondary School. Read More

Liz SoardElizabeth Soard

Serving At: Mara Region of Tanzania in Tanzania, Africa

Home Country: United States

Spouse: Eric Soard

Elizabeth Soard is a United Methodist missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries assigned along with her husband, Eric Soard, as a church planter and discipleship trainer in the Mara Region of Tanzania.

The United Methodist Church in Tanzania has expanded rapidly since it was launched by the North Katanga Annual Conference in 1989 in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), with assistance from Global Ministries. Volunteers in mission have helped to extend the church into the Mara Region in northern Tanzania, bordering Kenya, but the area has few trained, ordained pastors. Elizabeth and Eric will initially concentrate on the Tarime area. The couple is familiar with Tarime since they spent two years there as volunteers working with Angel House Orphanage and Angel Secondary School. Read More

Donna Chaat Pewo is missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church, serving as a Church and Community Worker at the Clinton and El Reno Church and Community Ministry of the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference (OIMC).

The Clinton/El Reno ministry, a priority of the OIMC, primarily serves children of the Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes in a rural area west of Oklahoma City. It includes worship, tutoring, and recreation. The ministry was launched when a former lay missioner saw the call for a church to respond to the needs of area children, many of them poor, surrounded by substance abuse, and having problems in school. It began with a very small group and had increased to 35 in 2011.

The ministry strives to win the trust of the Cheyenne and Arapaho, who have a skeptical view of Methodists. The Cheyenne and Arapaho remember that some 180 of their people, including many children, were massacred at Sand Creek, Colorado in 1864 by a territorial militia led by a Methodist preacher, an action for which the contemporary church has apologized. The United Methodist Church also contributed to a Sand Creek memorial. Read More

KalangwaUmba Ilunga Kalangwa

Serving At: United Methodist Church in Tanzania, Africa as District Superintendent of the Morogoro District in the Tanganyika Annual Conference, Director of Morogoro Pastor’s Training Center, and Coordinator of Morogoro Reaching Out Ministry

Home Country: DRCongo, Africa

Spouse: Ngoy Mulanga Kalangwa

The Rev. Umba Ilunga Kalangwa is a United Methodist missionary assigned by the General Board of Global Ministries to the United Methodist Church in Tanzania as District Superintendent of the Morogoro District in the Tanganyika Annual Conference, Director of Morogoro Pastor’s Training Center, and Coordinator of Morogoro Reaching Out Ministry.

The Methodist presence in Tanzania is relatively new, and exists in large part because of mission outreach efforts by the North Katanga Annual Conference in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). An ordained elder in that conference, Umba was assigned to an evangelistic ministry in Tanzania by Bishop Ngoy in 1992. Read More