Katharine Henry is a Global Mission Fellow US-2 with the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries, engaged in a two-year term of service. She was commissioned in August 2017.
The Global Mission Fellows program takes young adults ages 20-30 out of their home environments and places them in new contexts for mission experience and service. The program has a strong emphasis on faith and justice. Global Mission Fellows become active parts of their new local communities. They connect the church in mission across cultural and geographical boundaries. They grow in personal and social holiness and become strong young leaders working to build just communities in a peaceful world.
Katharine grew up in La Cañada, California, and attended college in Jackson, Mississippi. She claims two church homes: La Cañada United Methodist Church in the California-Pacific Annual Conference and Wells Memorial United Methodist Church in Jackson, a congregation of the Mississippi Annual Conference. Katharine holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies from Millsaps College, in Jackson, and has worked in social service, youth ministry, and urban ministry programs.
“I’ve grown up in The United Methodist Church from early childhood,” Katharine says. “My faith has grown and developed through experiences on the local church, district, and annual conference levels, as well as through my time as a student at a United Methodist-related college.
“I believe I’m called to be in ministry and solidarity with people on the margins. This has led me to discern a call to ministry as a deacon; I plan to declare my candidacy for ordained ministry in the near future. My heart for mission was formed and encouraged throughout my childhood and teen years by my family and church community. I found my passion for addressing issues of injustice through participating in World Vision’s 30--Hour Famine at my local church.” Katharine believes Christians are called to protest poverty and injustice and also considers this her personal vocation.
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