Global Ministries

The United Methodist Church

Connecting the Church in Mission

Nancy E. Robinson

Location: Sierra Leone, Africa

Home Country: United States of America, North America

The Rev. Nancy Robinson is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries serving as the Mission Advocate for the Southeast Jurisdiction. She is based in Richmond, Virginia, and was commissioned in June 2013.

Mission advocates are active missionaries assigned to assist annual conferences, districts, and local churches in the United States to understand and participate in global mission. Their work has a particular focus on mission personnel, including support of missionaries through the Advance for Christ and His Church. On behalf of Global Ministries, a  mission advocate is a human face, a physical presence and a voice that speaks to church’s commitment to be in mission from everywhere  to everywhere.

Nancy is an ordained deacon in the Virginia Annual Conference. She is the daughter of Methodist missionaries Beth and Hunter Griffin, born and raised in Southern Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) until political tensions resulted in the family’s deportation.  Many years later, after raising a family and teaching school, a Volunteer-In-Mission trip back to Zimbabwe reawakened a desire in Nancy to engage in full time Christian service. She was inspired to engage in deepening the spiritual life of the local church connected globally. 

“My call to mission came to me as a very young child,” Nancy says. “Early years lived in Africa instilled in me a love for community and a keen awareness of the challenges and joys of living cross culturally. As an educator, my passion is to facilitate learning, to invite questions that open doors to greater awareness and understanding of the life God has given us; how we are created to live together in wholeness and community caring for each other and for our world. ”

Nancy most recently served for three years as a missionary in West Africa, where she was responsible for leadership development and pastor training in the Sierra Leone Annual Conference. She has served on UMVIM teams in many places, including Kenya, South Africa, South Sudan, Brazil, Nicaragua and the Southeastern United States. She has been minister of discipleship at Williamsburg United Methodist Church, in Virginia, minister of outreach at North Decatur United Methodist Church, Decatur, Georgia, in conjunction with immigrations services of Atlanta, and president of the Friends of Barnabas Foundation, a healthcare ministry in Honduras.  

She received her Bachelor of Science in Education degree from Otterbein University, Westerville, Ohio, and a Master of Arts degree in Christian discipleship from Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington DC. Her master’s degree in patient counseling is from Virginia Commonwealth University and Medical College, Richmond, where Nancy served as a chaplain for two years.

Nancy is married to Kip Robinson, a retired Global Ministries missionary; Kip and Nancy have seven children and nine grandchildren between them. 


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