Grace Okerson is a Global Mission Fellow with the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries, engaged in a two-year term of service. She was commissioned in August 2017.
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.
Grace was born in Haiti, but is a local of Miramar, Florida,, where she is a member of the Miramar United Methodist Church in the Florida Annual Conference. She began her studies at Broward College and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Social Science from the University of Central Florida in Orlando. She has worked in the food industry and as a camp counselor.
Warren W. Willis United Methodist Camp, where she was both camper and counselor, played a major role in her formative years. “There I experienced a personal God for the first time. My summer spent as a counselor helped to shape my love for Christ and my life for mission.” She also found challenge and opportunity by participating in mission trips and becoming an advocate for the United Methodist Church’s Imagine No Malaria campaign.
United Methodist Women, of which she has been a member since her early childhood, has also had a formative influence on her on her through successive summer schools of Christian Mission (now Mission U). Through UMW connections, Grace attended the 2016 General Conference in Portland, Oregon, and there met former Global Mission Fellows whose stories led her to explore options for mission service, leading to her which led to her becoming a Global Mission Fellow.
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