Africa Mission Specialist
About Our Partner
For more than thirty years Frank served the church in Africa as a PC(USA) mission co-worker, focusing on ministries of health and development. From 2013-2016 Frank worked with Presbyterian World Mission as the global poverty alleviation catalyst. He joined the Outreach mission staff in January 2017 as the Africa mission specialist. A native of North Carolina and pre-med graduate of NC State, Frank has a master’s degree in public health and completed doctoral work in international public health and epidemiology at Tulane. In 2010, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Davidson College for his long and effective service to the church.
Frank and his wife, Nancy Miller Dimmock (daughter of retired missionaries David and Polly Miller) have eight children, six of whom are adopted. In addition to engaging in ministry in their home and raising their children, Nancy co-founded and coordinated the Ministry of Hope crisis nurseries in Southern Africa, a ministry serving abandoned and neglected infants and vulnerable children.
One of Frank’s key responsibilities will be facilitating a network of Christian Health Associations in Africa that he helped to develop. It is a unique ministry that engages health ministries in sharing resources and best practices, improving health care for millions. Frank learned a lot about development models and ministries that show God’s love by bringing change to the lives of children and families who are living in contexts of poverty. Frank will again be working closely with congregations here and global partners in Africa who are working to establish or strengthen such life-changing ministries. A new dimension of his ministry is trauma healing, so critical in the African context. He will work with Presbyterian partners in Africa to train their ministry leaders to care for those suffering from the effects of trauma. As Mission Specialist, Frank will continue to resource our denominational partners across the extended Presbyterian family. Frank’s ministry will provide opportunities for U.S. Presbyterians to travel and serve with him and to experience the deep faith and transformational work of the church in Africa.
The Outreach Foundation is seeking gifts totaling $120,000 for program and support funds.