Mary Randall Zigbuo is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church presently serving as a fundraising and communications coach for other missionaries. She works with The Advance, the designated giving channel of the church and part of Global Ministries.
Significant support for missionaries comes through The Advance and needs to be increased in order to maintain and increase the current missionary community. Missionaries are expected to do fundraising and share their work with congregations and annual (regional) conferences, yet many have little training in marketing or communications. Mary has long and successful experience in both areas and also significant coaching skills.
Mary Zigbuo and her late husband, Herbert, were missionaries in Liberia for more than 20 years, Mary working in the areas of educational, health, and social-welfare ministries. In 2010, she returned home to North Carolina, where for two years she served as a “circles coach” in the Circles of Hope program in Anson County (Western North Carolina Annual Conference). Based in Wadesboro, this program was a pilot project through the Ministries with the Poor focus area of The United Methodist Church. Circles of Hope endeavors to provide the people of Anson County with the knowledge, relationships, and resources to achieve economic stability.
Her strong background in counseling, education, and coaching well prepares her to work with colleague missionaries in the development of fundraising and communications skills.
Mary is a native of Bolton, North Carolina. She completed her undergraduate and graduate studies at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Greensboro, earning three degrees: a bachelor’s in community mental health, a master’s in guidance and counseling, and another master’s in adult education.
Mary was a guidance counselor at the Ganta United Methodist Mission Station School from 1988 to 1992. Civil unrest required the family to be temporarily assigned to Danané, Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) during 1992 and 1993, where she organized, developed, and staffed a counseling program for Liberian refugee students. From 1996 to 2001 Mary and Herbert served as co-coordinators of Operation Classroom, a school-upgrade project in Liberia and Sierra Leone, launched in 1987 by United Methodists in Indiana in collaboration with Global Ministries.
Also, from 1998 to 2001, Mary and Herbert served as co-directors for the Department of General Education for the Liberia Annual Conference. Again, civil unrest in the country led to their temporary assignment to work with Liberian refugees in Guinea during six months of 2003. From 2003 to 2007, Mary was administrator of the Ganta United Methodist Mission Station, serving with Herbert, who was the station’s superintendent. From 2008 through 2010, she helped The United Methodist Church in Liberia to develop social and educational programs for disabled persons.
Mary and Herbert are the parents of several adult children.
: Detroit Annual Conference
, Holston Annual Conference
, Indiana Annual Conference
, North Carolina Annual Conference
, Oregon/Idaho Annual Conference
, Red Bird Missionary Annual Conference
, Western North Carolina Annual Conference
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