Our Sunnyvale Church

Missionary

As a church we have a Covenant Relationship (pledged financial support) for Katherine Parker, missionary with the Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church, who serves as part of the Community Health and Agricultural Development (CHAD) Initiative of the Methodist Mission in Cambodia. You can read more about Katherine and her work on her blog: http://bokashi.blogspot.com

Katherine Parker

Katherine T. Parker, missionary with the Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church, serves as part of the Community Health and Agricultural Development (CHAD) Initiative of the Methodist Mission in Cambodia.

Katherine is involved in organizational development of the Social Concerns Committee (SCC) of the emerging Methodist Church in Cambodia. Working with a national team of pastors, the SCC works to help local congregations articulate and practice a theology of reaching out in Christian love to neighbors to realize God's promise of abundant life for all. Katherine helps develop food security and "livelihood" cooperative projects — cow, pig, chicken and duck raising, rice co-ops ('banks'), vegetable farming, and various small business projects through savings and credit groups.

Katherine also works with local congregations to help ensure their communities have continued access to biologically safe drinking water. Access to safe water in Cambodia is complicated by seasonal flooding, a high water table, and groundwater that is contaminated in many locations with naturally occurring arsenic. Katherine helps provide tools for local communities to assess and monitor their risks.

Native to California, Katherine comes from a family with deep roots in United Methodism on the West Coast. Two grandfathers, a great-grandfather, an aunt and several cousins have served as United Methodist clergy.

Katherine attended Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, CA, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. While in Cambodia She is completing her thesis for a Masters degree, also in Biology, from California State University, Sacramento.

Active in the church since childhood, Katherine from a young age wanted to be involved in mission work. In August 2000, after completing college, Katherine began service as a Mission Intern with the General Board of Global Ministry's Young Adult Program.

Her overseas assignment, as part of that program, was with the Asian Rural Institute in Nishinasuno, Japan. After 16 months Katherine returned to the U.S. to serve with the Practical Farmers of Iowa in Ames. She completed her Mission Intern service in May 2003.