Kayla Nicole Pless is a Global Mission Fellow of the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries, serving for two years with the Oklahoma Annual Conference in the United States. She 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 Oklahoma Conference. Kayla is assigned to Restore Hope Ministries, which responds to the basic needs of working-poor families in the Tulsa area. It seeks to help families regain stability and move toward economic and spiritual vitality. Kayla works as a church poverty liaison.
Kayla was born and grew up in Virginia but has recently lived in North Carolina, where she attended a college affiliated with a United Methodist congregation in Fayetteville. She holds a bachelor’s degree in sports management from Methodist University, Fayetteville, North Carolina. While in school, she worked for several university sports programs.
Kayla describes her faith journey has having a “rocky beginning” but progressing toward growth in faith and understanding.
Mission trips, including one to the Dominican Republic in her junior year, turned her attention toward mission service. “It changed my life,” she says. “I stopped living for me and started living for God and for others.”
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