Global Ministries

The United Methodist Church

Connecting the Church in Mission

Delbert Groves

Serving At: New Life Center

Location: Zambia, Africa

Home Country: United States of America, North America

Spouse: Sandra Groves

 Delbert and Sandy GrovesThe Rev. Delbert Groves is a United Methodist missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries based in Kitwe, Zambia. With his wife, Sandy, who is also a missionary, he serves at the New Life Center.

The center, established in 2001 through Delbert and Sandy's efforts, has grown into a resource for the young United Methodist Provisional Conference of Zambia. It has numerous outreach ministries, including New Life Press, health education, PET Zambia (handicap bikes for mobility), a learning and computer lab, English instruction, instruction in new church construction, and other training ministries. Additional information is available online at The couple also hosts volunteer-in-mission work teams.

Delbert's focus at present is on church leadership and spiritual growth training through conferences, seminars, workshops, and crusades. He also works in the New Life Pressroom, training and developing future printers and creating printed material.

Delbert and Sandy served for eight years in the Southern Congo Annual Conference in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) until political unrest necessitated their relocation to the neighboring country of Zambia.

Delbert was ordained as an elder by the Zambia Provisional Conference in 2006. He is a member of the Florida Annual Conference.

Reflecting on his work in Africa, Delbert says, "Christ not only saves us from our sinful, selfish nature, but He heals the body and mind so we can discover all that He has for us to live out a new life filled with purpose and hope. I love watching God work!"

Delbert and Sandy have four adult sons: James, Nicholas, Seth, and Nathan, three daughters-in-law: Kellie, Lisa, and Amanda, as well as four grandchildren: Charles, William, Taylor, and Del.

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Supporting Conferences: Florida Annual Conference, West Michigan Annual Conference

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