Global Ministries

The United Methodist Church

Connecting the Church in Mission

Connie Lynn Di Leo

Serving At: Community Partners

Location: Dominican Republic, Latin America and the Caribbean

Home Country: United States of America, North America

The Rev. Connie L. DiLeo is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church assigned to the Dominican Republic, where she is engaged in a range of ministries.

A new ministry in 2013 is that of developing a new congregation of young adults and youth in the village of La Hoya. The new church is committed to strong outreach to bring youth and young adults off the streets and to introduce them to Jesus Christ. She also works with the Evangelical Church of the Dominican Republic, helping to coordinate medical groups that come from Western North Carolina Conference to provide surgeries and medical outreach to the surrounding areas. She also continues her work with surrounding Haitian communities in many different facets.

An ordained deacon of the Florida Annual Conference, she served for nine years as project director and chaplain of Community Partners, a health and community service ministry near Barahona, work sponsored by churches in the US and Great Britain. She continues to serve on their Dominican board of directors.

Reflecting on her call to mission service, Connie says she felt God showing her the future during a mission volunteer trip in 1986. “I didn’t know how my becoming a missionary would ever come to pass,” she recalls, “but I trusted Him to make a way.” Now that the call has become a reality, she observes that “we may not understand God’s timing, but we need to always trust it.”

A native of Tomahawk, Wisconsin, Connie earned a B.A. degree in elementary education and an M.A. in administration and supervision from the University of South Florida in Tampa. She also completed religious foundation classes required for deacon’s orders from the Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia.

Prior to her work in the Dominican Republic, she served from 1992 to 2000 as director of lay ministries and in 2000 to 2001 as associate pastor at Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Seminole, Florida. She calls Aldersgate her church home.

Connie has two adult sons and one grandson. Jon and Jenny, parents of Matthew, live in Kyle, Texas. Son Robert and Leanne live in Dublin, Ohio.

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Supporting Conferences: Florida Annual Conference, South Carolina Annual Conference

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