A missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church, Gordon Graner is assigned with his wife Ardell, also a GBGM missionary, to serve in solidarity with the Bolivian Evangelical Methodist Church.
Gordon directs the Thiu Rancho Center, a rural ministry 20 miles outside of the city of Cochabamba. The project was established in 1960 as a retreat center for Methodist youth and as an agricultural center. Assigned to the center in 1990, Gordon has worked to rebuild and expand the retreat center, help support a discipleship program for Methodist lay pastors and directs the agricultural component of the center.
"The Thiu Rancho Center is a place where our guests may deepen their faith relationship with God, is a place of love and hope for our neighbors who struggle daily to stay one step ahead of the desperation of poverty, and the Tiu Rancho Center is a Christian witness of stewardship respecting all of God's creation," Gordon shares.
Gordon first became interested in agriculture during high school when his mother married a farmer. In college he worked summers on his stepfather's farm. After seminary Gordon worked for four years in refugee resettlement with World Relief in Chicago.
A native of Bismarck, ND, Gordon holds a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural/Animal Science from North Dakota State University in Fargo, and a Master of Arts degree in Religion, (Evangelism and Mission) from Asbury Seminary in Wilmore, KY. He also has a certificate in urban ministry from North Park Seminary in Chicago.
Gordon and Ardell are the parents of three children: Jenny, Samuel, and Hannah. Hannah was born in Cochabamba and holds dual US and Bolivian citizenship.
Missionary code: 10835Z
Last update: 1/09
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