Jan Gilbert and the Rev. Nicole Sims have been elected to the board of directors of The Mission Society, an interdenominational Christian organization that recruits, trains and sends missionaries worldwide. Gilbert and the Rev. Sims join 17 other members of the ministry’s board.
“Rev. Sims and Mrs. Gilbert have shown a passion for the purpose and vision that The Mission Society embraces,” says Dick McClain, the organization’s president. “The Mission Society has an unwavering commitment to helping the people of God take the Good News to those who have had little or no opportunity to embrace it for themselves. Rev. Sims and Mrs. Gilbert will be great additions to our leadership team.”
Since receiving her initial call to minister at a Mission Society event in 2000, Gilbert has served as a mission mobilizer, both on staff and as a lay leader at Grace United Methodist Church in Cape Coral, Fla., and St. John’s United Methodist Church in Aiken, S.C. She has served in India and Ghana, while her current focus is sharing the Gospel in her local community.
The Rev. Sims, a United Methodist elder, was elected to The Mission Society board as a missionary participant. While in pastoral ministry, Sims helped mobilize local churches for mission in the North Georgia Annual Conference. An Asbury Theological Seminary graduate, she holds a Master of Divinity degree. Together with her husband Kirk, also an ordained elder, Sims spent four years in Ghana training pastors and equipping the Ghanaian church for mission. She is developing mobilization opportunities for churches in the United Kingdom. Sims and her husband have two sons, Aiden and Eli.
Founded in 1984 in the Wesleyan tradition, The Mission Society (www.themissionsociety.org ) recruits, trains and sends Christian missionaries to minister around the world. At present, The Mission Society has more than 210 missionaries in 39 countries. The Mission Society develops diverse programs and ministries in accordance with its missionaries’ unique callings and gifts, ranging from well-drilling and the arts to more traditional ministries, such as teaching English and church planting. Its church ministry department provides seminars, workshops and mentoring for congregations in the United States and overseas, helping equip churches for strategic outreach in their own communities and throughout the world.