Charissa Bredow Shawcross is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church serving as Mission Advocate for the denomination’s North Central Jurisdiction, a position she assumed in late October 2012.
Mission Advocates are missionaries assigned to assist annual conferences, districts, and local churches in the United States to understand and participate in global mission. Their work has a particular focus on mission personnel, including support of missionaries through the Advance for Christ and His Church.
Charissa, a nurse practitioner, was previously engaged in health ministries in Detroit as a Church and Community Worker missionary.
On becoming a mission interpreter, she says she is “blessed to serve in a role that allows us to connect each other, congregations, districts, and conferences with missionaries and projects that are transforming the world.”
As a nurse practitioner, Charissa has served the homeless in downtown Detroit and was director of a United Methodist-sponsored free clinic for the uninsured. Born in Michigan, she earned her Master’s of Science/Nursing in adult health from Wayne State University in Detroit in 1993. She has worked as adjunct faculty at the college level, as a nurse practitioner in advanced cardiovascular services, and as a parish nurse with Central United Methodist Church in Detroit. She was also a nurse practitioner with Detroit’s NOAH Project before becoming a missionary. NOAH is an acronym for Networking, Organizing, Advocating for the Health of the Homeless.
Charissa and her husband Scott are the parents of Cameron and Megan, and the family attends Newburg United Methodist Church in Livonia, Michigan.
: Detroit Annual Conference
, West Michigan Annual Conference
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- Last profile update: 15 Oct 2014
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