Rev. Paul L. Webster, commissioned in 1992, is a missionary with the Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church serving at the Mujila Falls Agriculture Centre in Kanyama, Zambia.
Paul’s ministry as a rural economic development specialist serves the needs of poor, rural peoples. Each project promotes major programs in education, health, sustainable and appropriate agriculture, community development, evangelism, and church construction. The projects strive to address community social, economic and health problems holistically, thus empowering participants.
“As a rural development specialist I am attacking the root causes of poverty, disease, and hopelessness through education and training in small animal husbandry, cattle and goat milking, animal traction, tree nurseries, fruit culture, gardening and fish culture at our research and demonstration station. The goals are families who can provide balanced nutrition for themselves and an income from small scale, family-based production." Paul goes on to say, “God has provided abundant land, water, plant and animal resources to Africa; it is up to Christ’s Church to provide knowledge, faith and hope to its people.”
Born in New Richmond, WI, Paul was a volunteer in the United States Peace Corps from 1980 to 1984 as an agricultural extension worker in Guatemala. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Superior, and has done advanced study towards a Master of Planning degree at the Hubert H. Humphery Institute, University of Minnesota. He was a recipient of the Lillian Druse Mission Scholarship fund for persons seeking higher education in preparation for mission service, administered by the Wisconsin Annual Conference.
Paul returned to missionary service in 2005 after four years of state-side leave due to the chronic illness and death of his wife, Roxanne, also a GBGM missionary. During that time Paul served two years as a Local Pastor at Ladysmith and Tony UMC’s in the Wisconsin Annual Conference. Paul notes that, “My education and experience as a parish pastor state-side should compliment those technical skills already obtained as I go back to work with my people in Africa.” In October of 2006 Paul was ordained a full elder by Bishop Kainda Katembo.
Paul has one daughter, Summer and one grandson, Aaron.
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