Global Ministry Partners

Global Mission Partners are people serving overseas with who we are connected. It gives us in the United States a chance to personalize mission and the way mission is done today. It also gives us a way to promote and explain missionary work by talking about real people. When they are in the United States, our mission partners will spend significant amounts of time in our Region visiting and sharing with congregations here. We encourage congregations to mention our mission partners in prayer and be in contact by letter etc. Remind children of them and send them special greetings at holiday seasons. In the fall of 2005 the Christian Church in Georgia accepted partner relationships with Phyllis Byrd and Xugen Dangers. For more information about either of them contact the Regional office or the Office of Missionary Relationships at Global Ministries in Indianapolis.

Biographical Information
PHYLLIS M. BYRD

Phyllis M. ByrdPhyllis Byrd has served with Global Ministries for 23 years. Phyllis serves with the Presbyterian Church of East Africa. She serves as Coordinator of the Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) program on behalf of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and the organization of African Instituted Churches (OAIC) in Nairobi, Kenya as Director of the Just Communities on behalf of Global Ministries. She also facilitates assignment of Global Ministries’ short-term volunteers. This has been a joint appointment with the Presbyterian Church, USA and the Common Global Ministries Board of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the United Church of Christ.

Phyllis enjoys sharing her experiences and stories of her time in Kenya.

Phyllis was born March 30, 1959, New York, New York. She was ordained by the New York Association of the United Church of Christ. Her church membership is with Hollis Avenue Congregational, UCC, Queens Village, New York. She married Polycarp Omolo Ochilo October 18, 1997.

Her education includes:

Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York, 1981, B.A. in psychology, Jewish studies
Interdenominational Theological Center, Atlanta, Georgia, 1986, M.Div., New Testament, church history
Long Island University, New York, New York, 1988, M.S. in International Affairs

Work experiences include:

1981-83 Al-Karim School, Brooklyn, New York, teacher
1986 National Council of Churches of Christ, USA, New York, New York, Interim Director
1986-88 World Council of Churches, New York, New York, Coordinator
1986-89 Brooklyn Division of the Council of Churches, Brooklyn, New York, Executive Director
1988 National Council of Churches of Christ, New York, New York, Coordinator Summer Intern Program
1989 American Committee on Africa, New York, New York, Conference Co-coordinator
1989 National Council of Churches of Christ, New York, New York, Consultant
1989-90 YWCA of the U.S.A., New York, New York, Development Education Specialist
1990-93 All Africa Conference of Churches, Nairobi, Kenya, Consultant/Administrative Associate
1994-01 All Africa Conference of Churches, Nairobi, Kenya, Assistant to the General Secretary
2001-09  Presbyterian Church of East Africa, theological educator
2009-13  Presbyterian Church (USA), Nairobi, Kenya, as Coordinator of the Young Adult Volunteer program on behalf of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and the organization of African Instituted Churches (OAIC) in Nairobi, Kenya as Director of the Just Communities on behalf of Global Ministries.  She also facilitates assignment of Global Ministries’ short-term volunteers.

For more background on Phyllis' work in Kenya see: Kenya
For more background on the Presbyterian Church of East Africa see: PCEA


Biographical Information
XUYEN T. DANGERS
 

Xuyen DangersConsultant for Development in Laos and Vietnam
  • Working for C.W.S. in Disciple and UCC projects
  • Family connections here in Georgia

Xuyen T. Dangers is serving a four-year term as a consultant for development in Laos and Vietnam for Church World Service and Witness (NCCC), including projects with Disciples and UCC connections. This is a joint appointment of the Common Global Ministries Board and Church World Service and Witness (NCCC).

Xuyen T. Dangers was born February 10, 1945, in Ninh Binh, Vietnam.

EDUCATION:

Caritas School of Social Work, Saigon, 1963-67, Diploma of Social Work
University of the Philippines, 1971, Bachelors, social work
University of the Philippines (Institute of Social Work and Community Development), 1969- 74, Masters in social work

EXPERIENCE:
1983-94 ICMC/U.S. Embassy, Bangkok, Thailand, Orderly Departure Program, translator, interpreter, caseworker, counselor
1994-02 CWS/Laos/Vietnam, program assistant for social development
2002-Present Church World Service and Witness (NCCC), consultant for development in Laos and Vietnam, including projects with Disciples and UCC connections

Xuyen married William H. Dangers, February 1, 1975, and has one child, Dien Thi Bui Dangers, born February 4, 1976.

For more information on Xuyen's work in Laos see: Laos
For more information on Xuyen's work in Vietnam see: Vietnam


GENERAL MINISTRY PARTNERS

General Ministry Partners are people working for the general expression of the church who partner with the Region to help give a face and personality to those ministries done beyond our borders.  They are available for Regional events and some congregational events to interpret and explain our ministries within the larger church.  In the fall of 2005 the Christian Church in Georgia accepted a partnership with Glen Carson.


Biographical Information
GLENN CARSON

  • Glen CarsonPresident of Historical Society
  • Raised in Brunswick Georgia
  • Pastorates in Greater Kansas City and South Carolina
  • Available to come to Georgia as arranged

Dr. Carson, 45 years of age, is a native of Brunswick, Georgia where he was baptized at age nine. He holds an Associate degree from Brunswick College in history; a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Valdosta State University in Theatre Arts; a Master of Divinity degree in theology from Southwestern Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas; a Doctor of Philosophy degree in the History of Christianity from Southwestern Seminary; and post doctoral study at Brite Divinity School in Fort Worth, Texas.

Dr. Carson has served as Moderator of the Greater Kansas City Region Disciples Ministers Association and as a member of the Greater Kansas City Region Executive Committee with responsibility for leadership development.  He was Consulting Pastor of Broadview Christian Church in Kansas City and was previously Senior Pastor of North Woods Christian Church also in Kansas City. Prior to his Kansas City assignments Dr. Carson served for five years as Assistant Professor of Religion at Charleston Southern University in Charleston, South Carolina and was Pastor of Rhett Avenue Christian Church in Charleston. He is the author of Calling Out the Called: The Life and Work of Lee Rutland Scarborough, Eakin Press, 1996; fourteen articles and nine academic papers. A book-length manuscript is ready for publication and entitled: The Eternity Principle: How to Contact an Invisible God in a Visible World.

He is married to the former Mary Leslie Buice, a graduate of Wesleyan College Macon, Georgia and Emory University in Atlanta. They have one son, William.

Reflecting upon his appointment to the presidency of the Historical Society, Dr. Carson commented, "The rich heritage that we share in the Stone-Campbell tradition is not only worth preserving, it is worth sharing. Our mission is not only the past, it is the future as well. When we say the Disciples of Christ Historical Society is concerned with archives and documentation, we are, in effect, proclaiming our desire to tell the world about our faith and our mission as Christians."

Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Gordon Dalrymple, who was part of the entire search process observed, "I am very impressed with the qualifications of Dr. Carson and believe the great traditions of the Historical Society will be skillfully and thoughtfully served by him."

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