April Marie English is a mission intern with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church.
Born in Corsicana, Texas, April has most recently lived in Dallas, Texas and is a member of the Covenant Church in Carrollton. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Hood College, Frederick, Maryland, and a Master of Church Ministries from Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University in Dallas. She has work experience with the Boys and Girls Club of Frederick, Maryland, the Perkins Youth School of Theology, and the Wilkinson Center, a social service facility in Dallas.
April grew up in Baptist, Pentecostal, and Apostolic churches, which left with her a sense that women cannot hold certain positions in the church. She did eventually meet a female elder who became a mentor and broadened her vision about ministry. Her seminary experience at Perkins helped her to understand diversities of theological opinion, and to learn from those who may disagree with her.
Her call to mission came during a trip to South Africa organized by Perkins School of Theology. “The purpose of the trip,” she says, “was to look at how the church was essential before, during, and after apartheid…It was during this trip that I saw an opportunity to work with youth in an international setting, and thus began my call to mission.” This call was underscored by a later mission trip to El Salvador.
: North Texas Annual Conference
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