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Earnestine Varnado

Serving At: St. Andrew's Mission, McComb, Mississippi

Location: United States of America, North America

Home Country: United States of America, North America

Earnestine Varnado is a United Methodist deaconess and missionary serving as a Church and Community Worker at St. Andrew's Mission, located in McComb, Mississippi, where she has been since 1996. She describes herself as a missionary, "called by God, commissioned and sent by the General Board of Global Ministries."

Earnestine is called to the ministry of healthcare, especially providing and advocating "access to healthcare for all." She is a parish nurse and serves as liaison to the McComb community. Earnestine staffs a free health clinic, provides screenings at health fairs, conducts parenting classes, facilitates anger management for youth and adults, and gives instruction in CPR, first aid, and preventative health measures. (For more information on St. Andrew's, see

Her church affiliations are New Zion and St. James United Methodist churches in Magnolia, Mississippi.

Earnestine follows the scripture example of serving others by meeting their basic medical needs. "I am able to show Jesus' love and open their minds to receiving the Word of God and effecting wholeness in body, mind, and spirit," she says.

She attended Harvard Divinity School Leadership Institute in Boston, Massachusetts, and has served on short-term mission trips to Zimbabwe, Africa and Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Mrs. Varnado attended Alcorn A&M College in Lorman, Mississippi, where she studied chemistry. She received her nursing degree from Southwest Community College in Summit, Mississippi, and then pursued further training in pediatrics at the University Medical Center in Jackson.

Her mission discernment orientation was at the Mission Resource Center of The United Methodist Church, formerly located at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. In 2002, she received her Associate of Theology degree from the Christian Life School of Theology in Columbus, Georgia, and utilizes that educational background to facilitate Bible studies to youth and mission groups. Earnestine received a Master of Theology degree from New Zion Bible Institute. She has also taken part in the Harvard Divinity School's Leadership Institute.

Ernestine worked as a pediatric clinical nurse at the McComb Children's Clinic from 1978 to1996, after six years at the Southwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center in McComb. She worked as a part-time respiratory consultant for Apria Home Healthcare from 1989 to1996.

Mrs. Varnado is married to James (J.C.) Varnado, and they are the parents of two sons (one deceased). The couple has one daughter-in-law and four grandchildren. Ernestine is a member of the New Zion United Methodist Church in Magnolia, Mississippi.

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