Global Ministries

The United Methodist Church

Connecting the Church in Mission

Nan McCurdy

Serving At: General Board of Global Ministries

Location: United States of America, North America

Spouse: Miguel Mairena

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Nan McCurdy is a United Methodist missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries. She and her missionary husband, Miguel Mairena, are serving as Mission Advocates for the Western Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church.

Mission Advocates are active missionaries assigned to help 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.

Nan served the people of Nicaragua as a missionary from 1985 to 2014. She and Miguel most recently worked for some 15 years with youth and children through the Women and Community Association in San Francisco Libre.

Of her call to mission, Nan says, “We are called to follow Christ’s example: to accompany and promote the inclusion of the poor, the women, the outcasts, the old, the sick, the challenged, the children—all those not included fully in society. As God’s children we are called to be about the making of a just society here on earth, one that fulfills the Jubilee (the liberation of slaves, restitution of the earth, forgiveness of debt, and redistribution of riches).”

“’Sell all your things, give to the poor and follow me’—this is Christ’s most difficult message for us as US Christians,” Nan observes. “Our worth and well-being are so wrapped up in what we have, in contrast to people in countries like Nicaragua who have nothing but their faith.”

During the war in Nicaragua in the 1980s, Nan and her late husband, Philip Mitchell, worked in a pastoral ministry of accompaniment with people in the war zone. After the war, she assisted in the creation of the Foundation for Nicaraguan War Victims. Phil died in 1991—their daughter Nora was one and their son Daniel was three. She married Miguel Mairena in 1995. Nan and Miguel have an international and blended family that includes three daughters and three sons currently in four countries.

Nan and Miguel promote Christ’s example in their work. They spend a lot of their time networking and supporting people in different organizations who are working in favor of the poor, in favor of the life of the community, and providing an example of service to their neighbors. At San Francisco Libre, Nan and Miguel promoted community development, gender equality and prevention of violence against women.

Nan is a very grateful to be a breast cancer survivor for 10+ years.

Nan holds degrees in biology, ecology, and pharmacy, and has done extensive non-degree studies in gender in the fields of development and community development.

Nan and Miguel are members of the Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference. 

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Supporting Conferences: Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference, Peninsula/Delaware Annual Conference, West Virginia Annual Conference

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