Chelsea Spyres is a Global Mission Fellow of the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries, serving a two-year term of service. She was commissioned in July 2014.
The Global Mission Fellows program takes young adults ages 20-30 out of their home environments and places them in new contexts for two years of mission service. The program grew out of the faith and justice emphases of the historic United Methodist US-2 and Mission Intern programs. Global Mission Fellows become 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.
Global Mission Fellows serving in the United States are typically placed through geographic affiliates, such as United Methodist annual conferences, districts, local ministry networks, and educational institutions. Their assigned responsibilities may include justice advocacy; social services, notably for youth and the elderly; and leadership development for church and community. They may move through a spectrum of ministries in the course of their two-year placements.
Chelsea is from Newark, Delaware, where she is a member of the Newark United Methodist Church in the Peninsula Delaware Annual Conference. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in human services from the University of Delaware, also in Newark. She has worked in home repair camp ministry, retailing, and family services.
Her faith journey, Chelsea recalls, began with her grandmother taking her to church and she loved it. “Church was a place where I felt safe, where I was able to have conversations with my peers and mentors about faith and spirituality and what it all meant for me.” She came to know Jesus as savior and friend and that God’s love is real. “I continue to strive toward loving God with all my heart and loving my neighbor as myself.”
Chelsea describes her call to mission as “clear yet full of twists and turns.” She felt a bit of pressure at church from a young age to go into ministry, but she has followed the patient guidance of God in discovering the form of service: “I love working with youth and with families and definitely feel called to service families as part of my mission, but it does not have to be limited to them. For now I am continuing to be in prayer as the Lord continues to lead me to what is next. What I know for sure is that I am called to mission—to love God and to love God’s people.”
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