Alan and Ellen Smith
About Our Partners
Regional Liaison for Eastern Europe
Alan and Ellen Smith were appointed by the PC(USA) in 2001 to serve as coordinators of the congregational twinning project in Russia and Belarus. Under the leadership of The Outreach Foundation, and in partnership with the Russian Federation of Evangelical Christian Baptists, the PC(USA) initiated the Russian twinning project in the early 1990s to build spiritual connections between congregations in the U.S. and congregations in Russia and Belarus for friendship and shared mission. In the past ten years the Smiths have worked to deepen the connection with the Baptist Union and also to develop connections with the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Russia and the Russian Orthodox Church. Some of the areas in which partners connect are camping ministry, orphanage ministry, prison ministry, and ministry to the elderly. Partners come together where there is a sense of a common call and where each partner has strengths to share. As Ellen puts it, “This is a partnership, not a sponsorship.” Alan is deeply engaged in encouraging ministries serving the Roma people. Ellen also serves as PC(USA)’s regional liaison for Eastern Europe. The Smiths reside in Berlin.
Alan and Ellen’s ministry produces relationships between congregations in the U.S. and Russia/Belarus, mission relationships that deepen the capacity of both partners for God’s mission in the places where they serve.
The Outreach Foundation is seeking gifts totaling $20,000 for support funds.