Gordon Greathouse is a United Methodist missionary now serving as Missionary in Residence at the General Board of Global Ministries in New York City. In this position, which he assumed in 2013, he is a liaison between all United Methodist missionaries and the staff and board of directors of Global Ministries.
He and his wife, Teca (Maria Tereza), served for 35 years as missionaries in the Fourth Region of the Brazilian Methodist Church. They were involved in developing holistic programs that integrated spiritual growth and social responsibility, especially for children and youth.
Their work had an impact on social programs throughout Brazil, especially through Shade and Fresh Water, which they helped found and direct. Shade and Fresh Water is a national network of after-school programs of local Methodist churches that focuses on developing youthful character and values built on a Christian foundation. This program is being adapted for use by Methodist churches in other countries.
At Global Ministries, Gordon brings his expertise in ministry and administration to bear on relationships between missionaries around the world—from everywhere to everywhere—and the management of the agency.
In Brazil, the Greathouses also developed the São Gabriel Community Center for the Methodist church in Belo Horizonte, and an affiliate Community Center in Riberão das Neves. They started Habitat for Humanity in Brazil and organized slum dwellers to build 200 low-cost homes. Gordon was president of the Methodist Foundation for many years and also was the national coordinator for Volunteers in Mission in Brazil. He also taught for many years at the regional Methodist seminary.
Born in Portland, Oregon, Gordon received a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, and a Master of Divinity degree in church history and social ethics from Union Theological Seminary in New York City. Before going to Brazil, he served as a designer for United Methodist Seminars on National and International Affairs.
Gordon and Maria Tereza have three children, Jose, Mark, and Robert.
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