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Gordon and Dorothy Gartrell


First appointed to mission service with the PC(USA) in 1990, the Gartrells have now served in five different regions of Brazil. Gordon and Dorothy are helping the United Presbyterian Church of Brazil expand its witness. They aid church growth efforts, help develop plans for church planting, and train people for ministries in evangelism and church growth. Much of their training content is focused on outreach efforts in rural areas and with youth.

In 2015, they were again transferred to a new location in Mangabeira, where they serve a congrega-tion of the United Presbyterian Church of Brazil (IPU). Their recent report is full of good stories of the growth of the church both physically and spiritually. They are in need of prayers and support for their ministry. Prior to their return to Brazil in 2012 as mission co-workers with the IPU, the Gartrells served as mission co-workers with the Independent Presbyterian Church of Brazil (IPIB) in several regions of the country.

Gordon was born in Brazil, where his parents served as Presbyterian missionaries for 31 years. He holds undergraduate degrees from Montreat College and Gordon College and earned his MDiv degree from Reformed Theological Seminary. He pastored Presbyterian churches in North Carolina and Kentucky before his first missionary assignment in Brazil. Gordon is a clergy member of the Presbytery of Western Kentucky.

Dorothy was born in Dover, Delaware and earned an undergraduate degree in elementary and special education from Arkansas State University and a master’s degree in Christian education from the Presbyterian School of Christian Education. After college, she served in Brazil for two years as a volunteer teacher for missionary children. She returned to the United States and was a substitute teacher in schools in North Carolina, Georgia, and Kentucky and a youth director in churches in Kentucky. She is a member of Columbia Presbyterian Church in Georgia. Gordon and Dorothy are the parents of three adult children: John, Elizabeth, and Daniel.


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