Choctaw Mission leader earns commission


Deaconess Diane Wood receives the laying on of hands during her commissioning as a church and community worker at Global Ministries’ 2007 Spring Board of Directors meeting.

Diane V. Wood, a new United Methodist Church and Community Worker, has become the director of programs and projects with the Choctaw Mission in Mississippi. Church and community workers are missionaries of The United Methodist Church.

The Choctaw Mission serves the Native American communities of Pearl River, Red Water and Bogue Chitto. One priority of Wood’s work will be to organize the visits by United Methodist Volunteer In Mission teams. The teams will build dormitories and a sanctuary and expand a fellowship hall.

Wood is one of nine missionaries commissioned for service in the United States on April 24 at the semi-annual meeting of the General Board of Global Ministries in Stamford, Conn.

Bishop Joel N. Martinez of San Antonio, president of the mission agency, presided at the service of worship that also included the commissioning of 10 deaconesses and a home missioner.

Wood was born in Connecticut. She is a deaconess and a member of Green Hill United Methodist Church in Philadelphia.