Victoria Wrobel Stanford is a Global Mission Fellow of the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries, engaged in a two-year term of service in the United States. She was commissioned in July 2015.
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 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 in the US work through geographic affiliates, such as United Methodist annual conferences, districts, local ministry networks, and educational institutions. Victoria’ affiliate is the Young Adult Missional Movement of the Florida Annual Conference, which has a long-standing relationship with the young adult mission programs of Global Ministries. US-based fellows engage in advocacy for justice; social services, notably for youth and the elderly; and leadership development for church and community.
Victoria is working with community ministries at the Murray Hill United Methodist Church in Jacksonville, Florida. Murray Hill has a strong community focus that includes afterschool and summer programs for children and youth. Global Mission Fellows in the US may move through a spectrum of ministries in the course of their two years.
Vicki is from Michigan, where she is a member of Portage Chapel Hill United Methodist Church in the West Michigan Annual Conference. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in family studies from Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo. She has served internships at Portage Chapel Hill United Methodist Church and at Kalamazoo County Ready 4s, an organization that helps private and public kindergartens achieve high quality.
As a young child, she attended Catholic services but became uneasy with the lack of visible women leaders as she matured. She dropped out but found a United Methodist church where she felt more accepted around age 15. She attended church camp, participated in Wesley Foundation at college, and joined The United Methodist Church as a university senior.
Vicki is passionate about social justice, especially gender equality, and believes that the church has a responsibility to be vocal on such issues; she feels that is in keeping with Jesus’ teachings.
Vicki’s husband, Nicholas Stanford, is also a Global Mission Fellow in the US-2 program.
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