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Jerrica BeckerJerrica Becker 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 2012, she is assigned as assistant chaplain for the Murphy-Harpst Children’s Centers, Inc. in Cedartown, Georgia.

US-2 missionaries serve for two years in the United States, usually in ministries that emphasize social justice. Young adult mission service through Global Ministries expands participants’ mission vision and offers faith contexts for the use of skills.

Murphy-Harpst is a residential facility providing a safe, nurturing environment for neglected, sometimes abused, children so that they can thrive. Its mission is to show the love of Christ to the children and help them to develop their abilities and skills. As assistant chaplain, Jerrica ministers to the spiritual and emotional needs of residents, their families, and staff, and coordinates the activities of church groups that interact with the residents.

Related to the North Georgia Annual Conference of the church and a national mission institution of United Methodist Women, Murphy-Harpst traces its origins to the ministries of two women in rural Georgia, Ethel Harpst, a missionary who started a center for children in Cedartown in 1924, and Sarah D. Murphy, a Spelman College graduate who opened a school for poor African-American children in 1931 in the same town. The two institutions were merged in 1984.

Jerrica is from Fairview, Oklahoma, where she is a member of the First United Methodist Church. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Duke University, Durham, North Carolina. During her college years, she held summer and student jobs in recreation and physical education. She also worked in the Communities in Schools program in Durham.

“I was raised in The United Methodist Church,” Jerrica says, “and developed my relationship with Christ through the mission work, camps, and youth activities in high school.” She credits the Wesley Foundation at Duke for furthering her understanding of her role as a Christian, and helping her to understanding that mission is not just a branch of ministry, but “is a daily lifestyle that every Christian is called to.” She sees mission as encompassing a strong emphasis on social justice.

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