Slate of Nominees for GEMN Board to be presented at GEMN Annual Meeting, May 13

Jenny Grant, Paul Rajan and Alan Scarfe are the slate of nominees to be presented to the GEMN membership at the Annual Meeting to be held at 11:45 a.m. on Friday, May 13, via Zoom, in tandem with the 2022 Global Mission Conference sponsored by GEMN.

The GEMN Board consists of 12 members, who serve 3-year staggered terms.  Members are limited to two terms before they rotate off for at least a year.  The current members of the Board are here. 

This year there are 4 vacancies as Jim Boston, Bill Kunkle and Titus Presler leave the Board after their second term and as Jenny Grant completes an unexpired term.  Jenny, Paul and Alan are standing for election for initial 3-year terms.  The fourth vacancy will be filled by the Board at a later time, the appointee to serve until the 2023 Annual Meeting. 

Here are the biographies of the nominees:

Ms. Jenny Grant

Global Partnerships Department, Episcopal Church Center

Jenny serves as the Officer for Global Relations and Networking in the Office of Global Partnerships at the Episcopal Church Center.  She develops mission-related resources, maps companion relationships across the Anglican Communion, shares the story of Episcopalians engaged in global mission, and works on other projects supported by departments across the Presiding Bishop’s staff.  Prior to this position, Jenny served as a Young Adult Service Corp missionary in Kenya and a contractor on the Asset-Based Community Development initiative, “Called to Transformation.”  She is passionate about the intersection between faith and justice around the world and cares deeply about how the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement is participating.  Jenny completed undergraduate and graduate degrees in social work and non-profit management at the University of Georgia. She lives in Hickory, North Carolina, with her husband Jared and young son Harrison. 

The Rev. Paul Rajan 

Priest-in-Residence, Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, Wantage, Diocese of Newark

Paul Rajan serves as Vicar of the Church of the Good Shepherd in Wantage, New Jersey, where he is a member of the Racial Justice and Healing Commission of the Diocese of Newark.

Paul originally comes from Tirunelveli Diocese in Church of South India and he is a third-generation Christian from the ministry of Bishop Leslie Newbigin, who was a missionary bishop to Madurai Diocese in Tamil Nadu State, India, and a famed theologian and ecumenist. Paul went as a cross-cultural missionary to the neighboring state of Karnataka as soon as he completed his Bachelor of Theology degree in Chennai (Madras) in 1986. The churches pioneered by him are now managed by the Friends Missionary Prayer Band, the largest missionary agency in India. He moved to New Zealand in 2000 and worked among migrant communities including Samoans, Tongans and Fijians, Fijian Indians, Sri Lankans, Ghanaians, Nigerians and the Asian and Indian diaspora communities under the umbrella of Global Peace Mission, Ethnic Voice New Zealand, and the government of New Zealand. His missional experience involves working among various communities in India, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia, the Pacific Islands, Australia and Japan.

Paul has served alongside a few missional networks such as the India Missions Association (IMA), the Karnataka Missions Network (KMN) and the Federation of Non-Residence Indian Christian Societies (FONRICS). He pioneered Christian Life Service in India and Global Peace Mission in New Zealand. When he came to the USA he pioneered InterChristian Initiatives, a 501c3 mission to reach and teach, which has become a GEMN member organization.

Paul is member of the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) and has done supervisory-level education at the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Jersey. He trains chaplains for various ministries, including parish-based chaplaincy. He also offers CPE as a tool in the hands of indigenous missionaries who are not allowed to share the gospel directly.

Paul has an MA in English from Madurai University, India, and an MDiv from the Interfaith Seminary, New York, where he served as dean of students for five years. Currently he is studying for the DMin from Bexley Seabury Seminary in congregational development. He holds an honorary doctorate from Bethania Theological Seminary Chennai, India. Late this year he will receive his first DMin from Liberty University, specializing in chaplaincy. He completed GEMN’s Mission Formation Program in 2021. Paul and his wife and have two boys, ages 14 and 8.

The Rt. Rev. Alan Scarfe

Ninth Bishop of Iowa, Retired

Born and raised in Bradford, England, I was surrounded by global mission. My local Methodist Church,  nested congregations from the Caribbean and China, and sent missionaries to Thailand. After studying theology at Oxford University, I spent two graduate years in Romania, during the Ceausescu regime, at the Romanian Orthodox Institute. While there. I also worked clandestinely for human rights. I was confirmed and became a lay reader in the Anglican Church in Bucuresti.  

Coming later to the United States I trained missionaries for the Slavic Gospel Association in Wheaton, Illinois and directed a research agency, Keston USA, which supported religious freedom in communist lands.  After moving to Los Angeles, I pursued a call to ordination in the Episcopal Church, serving as priest at St Columba’s in Camarillo, and St Barnabas’ Eagle Rock where we supported work in the Middle East, and in South Africa.

In 2002 I was elected bishop of Iowa, retiring in December 2021. As Bishop I oversaw companionships with the dioceses of Swaziland (Southern Africa), Brechin (Scotland), and Nzara (South Sudan). My wife and I have travelled to each diocese multiple times. I took my sabbatical in Swaziland in 2011, combining some priestly, pastoral duties with certain episcopal duties on behalf of the Diocesan, under the Archbishop’s license. 

I am thankful that Christianity has always been a global experience throughout my life. 

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