Michael and Rachel Weller
Michael was appointed in 1994 to serve in Ethiopia with the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus. From 1994 to 2001, he taught at the Gidada Bible School, which trains adults for various positions of leadership within the church. From 2002 to 2004, he worked with the Majangir people, nomads who were settling on the outskirts of Dembi Doolo. Through this work, he gained experience in community development and church planting. Michael has been the PC(USA) Regional Liaison for the Horn of Africa since 2004.
Presently covering Sudan, South Sudan and Ethiopia, Michael serves as a facilitator of PC(USA) support for partner programs, relationships, and activities and as an implementer of regional strategies to build up the church in this economically impoverished but spiritually active area. He supports PC(USA) mission personnel and our global partners in communications, information sharing, mentoring/guiding, encouraging, and missiological reflection. In addition, he serves as a resource for connecting partners and PC(USA) entities.
Goals of this position are to ensure that mission personnel are adequately supported through communications, mentoring, and encouragement, to enable them to access adequate pastoral care, and to achieve agreed-upon region and area strategy objectives. Michael coordinates the efforts of PC(USA) mission initiators and helps them understand the culture, work and commitments of our partners.
Rachel supports the PC(USA) regional work and draws upon her public health training and experience to support the Community Health Evangelism program in Gambella and three church-run clinics.
Michael was born in Durham, North Carolina. After graduating from Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia, he went to Cairo, Egypt, with the PC(USA)’s Volunteer in Mission program and taught English at Ramses College for Girls. He received his MDiv from Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, Virginia. He and Rachel are the parents of four children. After spending most of their childhood in Ethiopia, the Weller children are now moving into adulthood.
Mission Goal for 2016
Ethiopia, South Sudan, Sudan