Molly Williams is a missionary through the US-2 young adult program of the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church. Commissioned in August 2013, she is assigned to work with the ministry with the poor outreach of Crossroads Urban Center in Salt Lake City, Utah in the Rocky Mountain 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.
Crossroads Urban Center works with low-income members and members of the religious community in advocating for public policy changes for persons living in poverty. It operates one of Utah’s busiest emergency food pantries, a free/low-cost thrift store, and a regional food cooperative. Molly serves as a social justice advocate.
Molly is from Galax, Virginia in the Holston Annual Conference, where she is a member of Mount Olivet United Methodist Church. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in religion and philosophy from Catawba College, Salisbury, North Carolina. She has a specific interest in outdoor ministries and has worked at Camp Wesley Woods and Camp Dickenson, both related to the Holston Conference. She is also active with the congregation of the First UMC Hillsville Out of the Box Worship Center in Hillsville, Virginia.
“I accepted Christ as a camper at Camp Dickenson in 2000,” Molly recalls. “It was at camp that my faith really began to grow and develop and I discovered what living a life for Christ was actually about.” Her college years, she says, “gave me the opportunity to explore the gifts and talents with which God has blessed me.”
She felt a call to mission in response to a trip to Nicaragua, and took part in a feeding center in a city dump community. “I asked God to break my heart for what breaks his, and he did just that.”
Other mission trips include one to the Czech Republic, where she helped to build churches. That work, she says, “gave me a clearer picture of the body of God being worldwide, and not just something that exists in my backyard.”
: Holston Annual Conference
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