Michelle Ozier is a mission intern and nutritionist with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church. Mission interns serve half of their three-year terms in international assignments and half in their home countries. Michelle was commissioned in August 2011.
In mid-2012, Michelle moved from an initial international placement in Haiti to Nicaragua to work in dietary and nutritional ministries with Acción Médica Christiana (Christian Medical Action). She is specifically promoting sound nutrition through mission-related model farms in the Puerto Cabezas region on the eastern coast of the country. She did similar nutritional work in Haiti.
Acción Médica Christiana in Nicaragua is a long-time mission partner with Global Ministries and has a strong reputation in health-related ministries. Missionary Belinda Forbes, M.D., is also associated with this work.
Michelle is from Huntsville, Alabama, where she was raised in the First United Methodist Church, a part of the North Alabama Annual Conference. For the two years prior to becoming a mission intern, she attended St. James United Methodist Church in Little Rock, Arkansas, while working as a dietitian at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. First Church, Huntsville has a covenant support relationship with Michelle.
She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in nutrition and dietetics from Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, and a Master of Sciences degree in applied physiology and nutrition from Teachers College of Columbia University, New York City. After graduation from Auburn, Michelle served for a year as a ministry intern at the Auburn Wesley Foundation. While she was in graduate school she worked as assistant to the director of student activities at Teachers College.
Michelle says she was a “typical teenager” and “wanted to see how the rest of the world lived.” She took part in many mission trips during high school, and a discipleship study group in her senior year helped to focus her desire to continue in mission service. After two years of college life without a firm spiritual focus, a Disciple Bible study through the Auburn Wesley Foundation became another important turning point for her. A mission trip to the Bahamas through Wesley confirmed for Michelle “a desire to draw closer to God and to stop trying to do life on my own.”
As a mission intern at Auburn Wesley, she coordinated and took part in many mission trips. “I have known since that time,” she says, “that I was called to something bigger than just being the light of Christ in my secular job.”
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