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. 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.
Now she is engaged in a new ministry, 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 is also working with the Evangelical Church of the Dominican Republic, a Global Ministries mission partner, as the coordinator of its Haitian Initiative. This ministry is designed to meet some of the needs of the large number of Haitian immigrants in the Dominican Republic.
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 Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education and a Master of Arts 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 missionary assignment, she served from 1992 to 2000 as director of lay ministries and from 2000 to 2001 as associate pastor at Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Seminole, Florida.
Connie has two adult sons and one grandson. Jon and Jenny, parents of Matthew, live in Kyle, Texas. Son Robert is based in Orlando, Florida. Her parents, Rudy and Nona Thompson of St. Petersburg, are members of the Lutheran Church of the Cross. Connie calls Aldersgate in Seminole her church home.
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