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Whitford, Samantha A.

Whitford, Samantha A.

  • Advance # 3022509

Serving At: Motown Mission/Redford Brightmoor Initiative

Home Country: United States

Samantha Whitford 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 on Aug. 23, 2019.

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.

Born in Cleveland, Samantha is a member of United Methodist Church for All People, Columbus, Ohio. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work from The Ohio State University, Columbus. She has worked as a graduate school social work intern in Columbus City Schools, as a grade school teacher in Hilliard, Ohio, and as an undergraduate social work intern and pastoral intern at Church and Community Development for All People.

Raised with no religious influence and little knowledge about faith, Samantha said, “My call-to-mission journey has been shaped by my desires, prayers and confirmation. My desire to meet people where they are, instead of asking them to come out of their space to meet me, has always been a part of how I interact. In pursuit of this desire, I spent my time at The Ohio State University shaping my drive to create change through service, promoting social justice, emphasizing the dignity and worth of a person, and engaging through the importance of diverse human relationships. Through Church for All People, I have learned a great deal of where trusting in God can lead, and I was able to learn to embrace the abundant diversity of God's love by humbling myself to what God had to offer in that space. My husband and I also attend Vineyard Columbus, where we have had the opportunity to explore our faith, be trained in areas such as prayer, missions and practicing the gifts of the Spirit.” As answers began to emerge, she continued, “God has called my husband and me [to] a new journey where we can put our growing knowledge into practice to partner with Christ to make disciples and heal the world. My call to mission has been a very long journey, but one that God has been a part of every step of the way.”

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