Global Ministries

The United Methodist Church

Connecting the Church in Mission

Isaac Dunn

Serving At: Detroit Annul Conference

Home Country: United States of America, North America

Isaac DunnIsaac Dunn is a Global Mission Fellow of the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries, serving for two years with the Detroit Annul Conference in the United States. He was commissioned in August 2016.

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.

Global Mission Fellows in the U.S. work through geographic or organizational affiliates, such as the Detroit Conference. Isaac is a caseworker with the NOAH Project (Networking, Organizing, and Advocating for the Homeless), a ministry related to Central United Methodist Church, near downtown Detroit. Central is located in an area of urban redevelopment that continues to include many homeless and underemployed people.

For the Detroit Conference, the Global Mission Fellows program extends 15 years of hosting former mission interns from Global Ministries. More than 100 young adult missionaries have served through the conference’s programs.

Isaac is from Abilene, Texas, and is a member of the University United Methodist Church in Fort Worth in the Central Texas Annual Conference. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in religion and communications studies from Texas Christian University, also in Fort Worth. He served as a mission intern at University Church in 2015 to 2016, and was student president of the Wesley Foundation at the school in his senior year.

Isaac’s faith journey began and was nourished in two small-membership churches, first Presbyterian, then United Methodist. He learned about God’s “passionate care for all humanity, even in our broken nature,” he says. His involvement in the church intensified during high school, notably through a local mission council and a traveling youth choir, and he gained new insights into and appreciation of the biblical stories of God’s action and faith responses.

College and involvement in the Wesley Foundation exposed Isaac to a variety of opinions and he found “a safe space to question, to ponder, and to find new meaning in my Christian faith,” he says.

His call to mission relates to the sense of satisfaction he feels in serving others. He believes that God becomes known in the smallest of actions. He says that while he cannot bring God to others, he can, he affirms, “allow God to speak through the love, compassion, and grace I extend toward others. … I believe that God can use me to show those who are experiencing difficulties that there is hope and that God’s love covers all of our iniquities.”


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