Mark and Rebecca Smallwood
Mark and Rebecca Smallwood are serving as Associates in Mission Service (AIMS) with the Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church at Red Bird Mission in Kentucky.
Mark and Rebecca came to Red Bird Mission in August 1988 to serve as teachers at Red Bird Mission School during its first full year as a private Christian School. Mark directs the vocal and instrumental music programs for the elementary, middle school and high school. Rebecca taught 4th grade for 9 1/2 years and now teaches Elementary Christian Education.
Mark was born and raised in Harrisville, Ohio where he attended the Harrisville United Methodist Church. Music has been an outlet for expressing his faith since childhood. When a pastor took him on a visit to Asbury College, he knew that was where he would be going to college, and in 1986 graduated prepared to share his music and put it to use for the Lord. After two years in the public schools in West Virginia, he arrived at Red Bird and began the process of resurrecting a music program what had suffered severely for lack of a teacher. Mark earned a MA degree in Music Education from Eastern Kentucky University in 1991.
Rebecca grew up in Sumner, Illinois in the Southern Illinois Conference where she received Christ as a young child. Rebecca’s pilgrimage gives credence to the saying at Red Bird that "if you get your feet wet in the creek you’ll be back." Her first contact with Red Bird was in 1982 as a member of a work team and even then she felt God’s call to return to Red Bird as a teacher. Rebecca is a 1986 graduate of Oakland City College in Oakland City, Indiana with a BS in Education and in 1992 earned a MA in Elementary Education from Eastern Kentucky University. Following her marriage to Mark in 1986 she was a public school teacher for two years prior to returning to Red Bird.
They have two children, Nathaniel (Nate) and Leah. Nate enjoys playing the drums, riding his bike, studying science-related subjects, and playing with Matchbox cars. He attends the Red Bird Mission School. Leah (adopted from Korea when she was eight months old) likes to sing and dance, play make-believe games, and other games like UNO. She also enjoys hands-on creative activities. Leah is in the Early Childhood Development program, a preschool program provided through Red Bird Mission. Her mobility continues to improve as she receives treatment for cerebral palsy through the Lexington, Kentucky Shriner's Hospital and the Red Bird Clinic.
Missionary code: 773777
Last update: 1-05
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