Global Ministries

The United Methodist Church

Connecting the Church in Mission

Bernadette St Amand

Serving At: Emmanuel Center for Women and Children

Location: Tanzania, Africa

Home Country: United States of America, North America

Bernadette St. Amand thumb.jpgBernadette St. Amand is a Global Mission Fellow 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.

Bernadette is from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where she is a member of the William B. Reilly Memorial United Methodist Church of the Louisiana Annual Conference. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Women and Gender Studies from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge.  

“My faith journey,” Bernadette says, “has been a connectional path—connected with other people, other creeds, and to God.” She has also begun the candidacy process for ordination in the United Methodist Church. Her grandfather was a United Methodist clergyman whom she recalls as a man of “justice, then a man of the church. My mother is a social worker called to her profession, as my grandfather was called to his. It is in their stories of faith through service that I am drawn to global mission. I continue to ask myself and God how I may be of service to the world, and I expect the answers to change as I change and grow.”

“My call to mission is to invite all to the table and to help people learn to invite themselves to the table, especially those who have been overlooked and pass by because of their differences. That is my call and this is my work.”

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