Christina Trager 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. Christina’s affiliate is the Virginia Annual Conference’s Office of Justice and Mission Excellence. US-based fellows engage in advocacy for justice; social services, notably for youth and the elderly; and leadership development for church and community.
Christina's work site is Redwood United Methodist Church. She is working with the laity and staff to identify, develop and implement ways for people to serve in various church and community organizations so that more Redwood people are engaged as disciples in hands-on service in our community and world. Global Mission Fellows in the US may move through a spectrum of ministries in the course of their two years.
Christina is from Ocean View, Delaware and is a member of Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church. She has studied and worked at Groundzero Master’s Commission, School of Discipleship in Marlton, New Jersey, and also worked for her local church and in the food industry. Groundzero offers a program for young adults who feel called to mission.
The church was a major stabilizing force in her childhood and teenage years. It was a place where she felt “safe and loved,” in contrast to some other places in her life. She experienced the call to youth ministry during a time of intense prayer during a mission trip to China Grove, North Carolina.
Christina has a strong sense of God’s plan for her life and she sees herself as relating especially to youth who feel lost and lonely. “There are so many hurting youth who need to feel loved, need to feel that they have purpose,” she says. “God has called me to work to make that known. I am called to reach the youth of this generation, love them, and show them who God is and that God is bigger than the world.”
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