Ardell Graner is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church serving with the Iglesia Evangélica Dominicana (Evangelical Church in the Dominican Republic) after 23 years in Bolivia.
She works in the area of Christian education within the united denomination that brings together churches started by Methodist, Presbyterian, Moravian, and Wesleyan missionaries.
“We have been in Santo Domingo since April 4, 2013, and are visiting the 70 churches on the island and listening,” she says. “We are in a new country, with a new culture and reality, and what seems, many days, a ‘new’ language with the Caribbean accent, fast speaking, and different vocabulary.
“The Dominican people are very beautiful spiritually and in every other way. What is very exciting is the passion and enthusiasm they share on a daily basis.”
A native of McHenry, North Dakota, Ardell holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Horticulture from North Dakota State University in Fargo. She completed a Master of Education at the University of Minnesota in 2000.
While living in Chicago, Ardell and husband Gordon worked for the World Relief Refugee Program. During that time they sponsored a young Vietnamese refugee in their home and assisted him in resettling in Chicago.
Ardell taught English as a second language to newly arrived refugees at a private college and a public college in Chicago. She worked at the University of Kentucky in Lexington for two years doing tomato research while Gordon was attending seminary. Prior to that, Ardell worked a number of years as a laboratory technician in entomology at North Dakota State University doing research on sunflower insects.
Ardell and Gordon have three children: Jenny, Samuel, and Hannah. Hannah was born in Cochabamba and holds dual US and Bolivian citizenship.
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