Jennifer Shepheard is a Global Mission Fellow with the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries, engaged in a two-year term of service as an HIV/AIDS field officer at Bwafwano Care Providers in Kitwe, Zambia. She was commissioned in August 2018.
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.
Jennifer is from Hagerstown, Maryland, USA. She is a member of Otterbein United Methodist Church in the Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference. She holds Bachelor of Arts degree in public health from the College of Wooster, Ohio, and has worked in the health care
industry and as a systems analyst.
Jennifer’s faith journey and call to mission
are closely related and took place in the context of an active United Methodist church community. She felt dual calls around age 12, to mission
and to public health and pursued them in tandem. She had difficulty finding a church in her college years that “sparked” her spirituality, but she found challenge and satisfaction in volunteer service, especially international service as a college sophomore in the then short-term United Methodist Global Justice Volunteer program, serving in Nicaragua.
That experience convinced Jennifer that “international health mission work was my passion and what I was called to do,” she says. Her service in Zambia continues the dual call of her childhood.
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