|Executives Named to Key Posts at Mission Agency|
New York, NY, July 14, 2006—Two current staff members are being provisionally moved into key positions at The United Methodist Church’s international mission agency, the General Board of Global Ministries.
The Rev. Jorge Domingues, a native of Brazil, has been named an associate general secretary with responsibilities relating to units on Evangelization and Church Growth and Mission Contexts and Relationships.
The Rev. Clinton Rabb, a member of the Southwest Texas Conference, has been tapped to head, as an assistant general secretary, the unit on Mission Volunteers.
Both are subject to formal election by the directors of the board at their annual meeting next October.
“These are pivotal posts that need staffing now,” said the Rev. R. Randy Day, the chief executive of the mission board, who announced the provisional appointments. “It would be difficult to overestimate the importance of these two jobs in our agency and in the church. Rev. Domingues' new position will touch virtually every aspect of our relationship with mission partners in scores of countries. Rev. Rabb is coming into a role of critical significance. Mission volunteers are part of the life blood of our global ministry.”
Rev. Domingues has been assistant general secretary for global networks and ecumenical relations at the mission agency for the last two years. He came to the board in 1996 as a specialist in youth and young adult work, and he has also held administrative posts.
In his new position, he will be part of a team that oversees evangelization and church growth and relations with mission partners around the world. Domingues is a clergy member of the Methodist Church in Brazil and a member of the United Methodist Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew in New York. His wife, the Rev. Rosangela S. Oliveira is a United Methodist missionary. The couple has one son.
Born in Volta Redonda in Rio de Janeiro State, Domingues was graduated from the Methodist Theological Seminary of Rio de Janeiro, and holds the bachelor of arts and master of arts degrees from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. In 2006, he received a master of sciences degree in international public service organization management from New York University. He taught at Bennett Methodist College in Brazil in the early 1990s and was associated with the Institute for Studies on Religion during that same time period.
Rev. Rabb succeeds Jeanie Blankenbaker, who is retiring, in the mission volunteer office. He has been with Global Ministries since 1995, most recently as an executive for special initiatives in the Evangelization and Church Growth unit, working particularly with new mission initiatives in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia. Rabb crafted the “In Mission Together Church to Church Partnership Program,” which links congregations, annual conferences, volunteer efforts, and mission personnel.
He has also worked in the US with ministries involving African-American, Mexican-American, and Vietnamese-American communities.
During a span of almost 20 years as a pastor and chaplain in Texas, Rabb was engaged in a range of Volunteers in Mission teams both domestically and internationally. His work with new mission initiatives has also put him in frequent contact with the mission volunteers program.
Rabb holds the bachelor of arts degree from Austin (Texas) College, the master of divinity degree from the Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, and the master of arts in counseling from Trinity University. He is married to the Rev. Suzanne Field Rabb, a member of the Southwest Texas Conference and currently associate pastor at University United Methodist Church in Austin. They have eight children and two grandchildren.
The Mission Volunteers Program Area of the mission agency relates to jurisdictional and annual conference programs of United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM). It also handles several special categories of individual volunteers.
Last year, more than 135,000 United Methodists volunteered for mission work, most commonly through construction and medical teams in the US and internationally.
Date posted: Jul 14, 2006