Mission Personnel


April 17, 2013

[Episcopal News Service – San Salvador, El Salvador] For missionaries Tom and Dianne Wilson the most challenging part of service in El Salvador thus far has been learning Spanish. The couple, from Rutland, Massachusetts, and members of St...

October 17, 2011

In late 2007 the Rev. Zach Drennen, at the time working as a teacher and chaplain at a school in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, decided to take a three-month, self-funded sabbatical. But rather than hike the Appalachian Trail or climb Mount...

October 14, 2011

The Rev. Richard Tolliver didn't go to St. Edmund's Episcopal Church at 61st Street and Michigan Avenue in the Washington Park neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois, with the intention of building affordable housing. Yet 20 years later, the...

October 4, 2011

After spending a year as a Young Adult Service Corps volunteer teaching Xhosa children in Grahamstown, South Africa, Travis Shields, 23, has decided to change the course of his life. Rather than pursue a Ph.D. in medical physics, he's...

November 12, 2010

Sudan is in the news more and more these days and will continue to be as the Jan. 9 referendum on independence draws nearer. It is a sensational and important story, and such stories make the headlines. But if you just hear about Sudan in...

March 19, 2010

Erynn Smith spends the bulk of her days in Ventura County, California's fertile farmland, helping to plant, water, weed, harvest, wash, pack and deliver as many as 85 boxes of snow peas, chard, peppers and other organic vegetables to...


"The Heartbeat of the Church is Mission." — the Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church

The Mission Personnel Office offers members of The Episcopal Church a chance to enter into relationships with people outside national and cultural borders and to nurture worldwide partnerships. Individuals who feel called to serve God across cultural boundaries have the opportunity to serve as Episcopal missionaries in over 25 countries around the Anglican Communion, supporting local church communities in their calling to participate in God’s mission. Missionaries are doctors, nurses, teachers, accountants, agriculturalists, computer technicians, administrators, theologians, and communicators. Missionaries are lay and ordained, young and old.

Jessica Pitcher, Diocese of Minnesota, is a YASC volunteer in the Diocese of Maseno North, Anglican Church of Kenya. http://apearlwithoutashell.blogspot.com/

Mr. Michael Tedrick, Diocese of California, is serving in the Diocese of Curitiba, Brazil. http://www.awanderersjournal.blogspot.com

Mary Barber, Diocese of Olympia, is a Young Adult Service Corps volunteer in Liberia. http://missionarymary.blogspot.com/

Highly respected Chinese Christian mission agency with opportunities for short and long term English teaching as well as young adult programs.

Mission agency reaching out to the 25 largest and least Evangelized people groups. “We have a simple focus at Anglican Frontier Missions (AFM): We desire to see 25 ethnic groups reached with the love of Jesus Christ. Simple as that!”



In the shadow of the Coloseum, one of the world’s most popular tourist attractions, the Colle Oppio Park is home to many of Rome’s refugees. A mile north, in the crypt of The Episcopal Church’s St. Paul’s Within the Walls, some of those refugees find a breakfast and a host of other resources to survive and to rebuild their lives. The Joel Nafuma Refugee Center is where Jared Grant’s vocation has led him this year. It’s Jared’s second year as a volunteer with The Episcopal Church’s Young Adult Service Corps program, widely known as YASC. He previously served in Lesotho in South Africa. The two experiences could not have been more varied, but in Jared’s discernment for the priesthood, they also could not have been more valuable. Jenny Korwan is also working at the refugee center for a few months. She’s not long back from Kenya where she served for a year with the YASC program. But as with many YASC volunteers, mission is in her blood.

Episcopal Volunteers in Mission

The brothers at Holy Cross Monastery in Grahamstown, South Africa, observe a holy routine. With six services and an extended period of silence every day, it’s a life of prayer and worship, of community and of deep devotion to God. But while living in community may be central to the brothers’ vocation, building global partnerships is critical to their ministry here. For the past 10 years, Holy Cross has partnered with the Episcopal Church’s Young Adult Service Corps program. The young missionaries, age 18-30, live at the monastery and assist at the affiliated Holy Cross School, founded by the brothers to provide education to the children of local farm workers. Produced by Matthew Davies

Keri Geiger from the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia has decided to do something bold and daring. She's left behind her steady job on a labor ward in Richmond to bring her nursing skills to a poverty-stricken community in South Africa. She is spending one year as a Young Adult Service Corps volunteer, working with the Overstrand Care Centre in Hawston. Her placement is a partnership between the Episcopal Church and HOPE Africa, the Anglican Church of Southern Africa's social development arm. Produced by Matthew Davies

Katie Webb from the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas is spending a year as a Young Adult Service Corps volunteer, working in the provincial archives of the Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui. As an archivist, Katie is responsible for keeping the Anglican Church's history alive and making sure important records are safely and accurately preserved for future generations. Produced By Matthew Davies

Episcopal missionary Jenny McConnachie has devoted her life to the poorest of the poor. Jenny and her late husband Chris moved from North Carolina to South Africa’s Eastern Cape in the early 1980s. Together, the McConnachies set up African Medical Mission, strengthening the most vulnerable communities with commitment and compassion.