Tim, Debbie, and Jonathan moved to Brazil in August 2009 where they are serving in leadership development. The Dunns are working with a Brazilian mission organization, SEPAL (SErving Pastors And Leaders). As part of their focus on leadership development, Tim is serving as a resource for SEPAL in the strategic arena of Business as Mission (BAM). SEPAL is a dynamic Brazilian organization that is playing a key role in developing Brazilian Christian leaders, as well as in sending Brazilian cross-cultural missionaries throughout the world.
Tim retired from Delta Air Lines in 2008 after a 22 year career in customer service and management. He has long been committed to God’s mission in the world, and he developed a love for the Brazilian people through his wife, Debbie, who grew up in Brazil as the daughter of PC(USA) missionaries. After completing his MDiv at Columbia International University, Tim was ordained as a PC(USA) minister in 2007 and served part-time as the Associate Minister of Multicultural Ministries at Ray-Thomas Memorial Presbyterian Church in Marietta, Georgia. His primary focus was working with the Brazilian members. Tim is now working on a doctorate of Missiology at Fuller Seminary, and he is researching how to help Brazilians be more effective as Business as Mission missionaries.
Debbie is a career educator who has taught choral and general music in both public and private schools. She has also served in a number of churches where she has led children’s and youth choirs. Debbie’s desire is to help children praise God. Jonathan is an energetic eleven year old, and he has adjusted well to life in Brazil.
Tim and Debbie are part of the SEPAL Team in Curitiba, the seventh largest city in Brazil and the largest city in southern Brazil with over three million people in its metropolitan area. Populated largely with European descendants, Curitiba is similar to much of southern Brazil in needing growth among evangelical churches.