Diamond Pate is a missionary through the US-2 young adult program of the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church. She is assigned to the Hinton Rural Life Center in the Western North Carolina Annual Conference.
US-2 missionaries are young adults who serve two-year terms in the United States. Their work, often with the poor, integrates faith and justice as they learn from and walk with communities in their struggles to address systematic injustice and human suffering.
Diamond was commissioned in August 2013. She is engaged in housing ministries through the United Methodist Hinton Rural Life Center in western North Carolina. The center focuses on the needs and potentials of small-membership congregations, notably in town and country (rural) areas. It works with churches and families primarily in Clay and Cherokee counties.
Diamond is from Las Vegas, Nevada, in the Desert Southwest Annual Conference, where she is a member of Griffith United Methodist Church. Since she started attending church at age nine, she says, “my faith has taken me on an incredible journey…life has been an adventure.” Her desire to follow a Christian vocation led her to Pfeiffer University, a United Methodist school in North Carolina. “I became involved in many different ministries and learned the different ways the church can influence the world. Pfeiffer helped me to see a great need in the world for social justice awareness programs.”
She anticipates finally becoming a pastor and believes that mission service will help her to be a more effective minister. “I know I am called to go out and help people who just need to be reminded of Christ’s light,” she says. “Since I believe actions speak louder than words, I want to show people the love of Christ through mission work.”
Diamond earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in religion at Pfeiffer. While at the university from 2009 to 2013, she worked in the bookstore, the library, and as a peer chaplain.
: Desert Southwest Annual Conference
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