Global Ministries

The United Methodist Church

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Rebecca Parsons

Serving At: United Methodist Community Outreach Program in Roanoke, Virginia

Location: United States of America, North America

Home Country: United States of America, North America

Becky Parsons is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church, commissioned as a Church and Community Worker in 2009 and assigned to the United Methodist Community Outreach Program in Roanoke, Virginia, where she is program director and acting administrative director.

Community Outreach seeks to meet the physical, spiritual, and educational needs of inner-city children and youth who live in at-risk environments in the area.

Born in Florida but raised in Henryville, Pennsylvania, within the Eastern Pennsylvania Annual Conference, Becky is a member of the Wooddale United Methodist Church in East Stroudsburg. She attended Florida Southern College, Lakeland, earning a bachelor's degree in the humanities in 2005; she then enrolled in the Theological School at Drew University, Madison, New Jersey, graduating with an M.Div. degree in 2009.

"My faith continues to be a journey every day, and it is defined by the beauty of God's presence in each moment," she says. "My faith is strengthened by the daily struggle of people who confront evil, seek justice, make peace, bear witness to God's love, and care for God's creation."

Becky served as an intern in a Communities of Shalom ministry in Horntown, Virginia in the summer of 2008, and was chaplain at Camp Lake Stephens in Oxford, Mississippi in the summer of 2009. She has special gifts in music, dance, and liturgy; she is a student of Yoga and Kumdo (a Korean form of fencing), and enjoys writing.

Of her call to mission, Becky says: "I was interning on the Eastern Shore of Virginia at the Agape Children's Community Center, and one day as I was reading to the kids during rest time, all was quiet except the sound of my voice. It was in that moment that I knew my call was to be with people in a profound and very present way. Through the tears, sorrows, laughter, struggle, pain, joys, anger, and hurt I know there is healing…God's call was a lowly hum, always there, always pulling me, and the voices of the people around me filled with splashes of color, rays of vitality and soul-searching strength."

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Supporting Conferences: Eastern Pennsylvania Annual Conference, Virginia Annual Conference

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