Mississippi Welcomes US-2 Missionary

9/11/2013

Mission and Evangelism Unit of the General Board of Global Ministries

Kathleen Pryor is a missionary through the US-2 young adult program of the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church. Commissioned in August 2013, she is assigned to children's ministry at Moore Community House, Biloxi, Mississippi.

Kathleen Pryor
Kathleen Pryor 

 

"Generation Transformation has given me an amazing blessing to serve as a Global Mission Fellow to be in service with Moore Community House of Biloxi, Mississippi.  I look forward to swimming in the spirit as I engage, connect and grow with Mississippi," said Pryor.  

 

US-2 missionaries are young adults who serve two-year terms in the United States.  Their work, often with the poor, integrates faith and justice as they learn from and walk with communities in their struggles to address systematic injustice and human suffering.  

 

Moore Community House is a national mission institution of United Methodist Women.  Established in 1924, it serves an economically marginalized, ethnically diverse population.  Almost 35 percent of the children below 18 years of age in the service area receive some form of public support. Eighteen percent of the population is above 65 years of age. Pryor serves as an advocate for children's ministries among United Methodist and other religious congregations in the area.

 

Pryor is from Red Oak, Texas, and is a member of the Jubilee United Methodist Church in Duncanville, Texas, in the North Texas Annual Conference.  She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in sports science from Texas State University in San Marcos.  She has worked for the annual conference, the Methodist Children's Home and Daybreak, a Texas-based network for intermediate and disability care.

 

Raised Baptist, she came into the United Methodist circle her junior year in high school through the Youth School of Theology at the Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University, Dallas.  She became deeply involved with United Methodist programs and groups, including Black Methodists for Church Renewal.

 

She credits mentors for "dropping bread crumbs of spiritual motivation for me along the way.  I didn't always know why I was doing some of the things and programs that I had been involved in initially.  But it dawned on me that I was happiest working with and seeing youth develop.  And I started to feel that maybe God was calling me to work with children and youth."