2017 OMSC Senior Mission Scholar in Residence Scott William Sunquist, Ph.D. has been elected as the new Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary President.

South Hamilton, MA — Scott William Sunquist, Ph.D., the Senior Mission Scholar at OMSC for the fall semester 2017-2018 academic year and Dean of the School of Intercultural Studies and Professor of World Christianity at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA, has been elected by the Gordon-Conwell Board of Trustees to succeed Dr. Dennis P. Hollinger as the seventh President of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. The staff, Trustees, residents and friends of the Overseas Ministries Study Center extend our congratulations to Scott and his wife Nancy!

To read the full story please click here.

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U.S. Churches Today Tour

Thank you Rev. Geoffrey A. Little, from All Nations Christian Church, New Haven, CT, for providing a guided tour of the New Haven area and it’s many churches and rich history today. Tomorrow is day 2 of the educational and inspirational tour. Click here: www.omsc.org/seminars to register for this and many other wonderful seminars that are open to everyone!

Michael Kelly Blanchard OMSC Benefit Concert an evening of wonderful music, stories and fellowship.

“You are welcome here!” ~ Michael Kelly Blanchard opening song on Sunday October 14th at the Covenant Presbyterian Church (The Barn) in Simsbury, CT. A Big thanks to Michael, Joe, Joseph, Stew, The Barn and the many people whom came to enjoy some great music and stories.

Michael’s opening song truly represents the Overseas Ministries Study Center’s open invitation to everyone! Not just the pastors, missionaries, artists, scholars and community leaders from around the world who come to OMSC each academic year, but also for you! Yes anyone is welcome and encouraged to visit us in New Haven, CT.

You are welcome to come visit OMSC! Join us on a Tuesday or Thursday morning worship service. Join us at a seminarwww.omsc.org/seminars Join us at a special event. Join us at our April Art Gala. Call Rob Gerowe at (203) 285-1566 for a Tour of our campus and to meet our culturally diverse international residents. Whatever you choose... please join us, come visit us in New Haven CT across from Yale and know... you are welcome here!

Video Clip from concert: https://www.facebook.com/omscnewhaven/videos/1579929985440022/

More video: https://www.facebook.com/rob.gerowe/videos/10157088862024665/

Christian Mission and Adivasi People in India Seminar October 9-11.

Come join us at OMSC this week to learn, be inspired and meet OMSC scholars, missionaries, artists and community leaders. This week’s seminar is led by Dr. Atola Longkumer, who is a professor of Religions and Missions at the South Asian Institute of Advanced Christian Studies (SAIACS) Bangalore, India. 

Dr. Longkumer’s research interests are in Christian mission and writing native history; religious conversion; Christian mission and modernity; gender issues; inter-religious encounter/dialogue and Christian mission and indigenous/tribal peoples' identity.

She writes: 'I would like to contribute what I can to realize a better world - God's kingdom - where values such as justice, peace, respect and care between people exist in reality. The ways are demonstrated in the life and teaching of the historical person Jesus, hence to strive to be a true follower of Jesus not only in faith conviction but also in faithful expression in lived ways.' Cosponsored by TMS Global

To register for one or more days of this seminar, please click here.

OMSC Benefit Concert featuring Michael Kelly Blanchard in the News

Michael Kelly Blanchard and OMSC Development Officer, Rob Gerowe, where featured guests on NBC’s Mass Appeal on Oct 8th Monday morning. We hope you and your family and friends can join us at the OMSC benefit concert on Oct 14th at 3 pm in Simsbury CT. Click here: https://www.wwlp.com/mass-appeal/michael-kelly-blanchard-performs-chick-a-dee-cherub-/1507368442 to watch the video of the interview and Michael singing one of his songs.

Reserve your seats here: www.omsc.org/events

Dr. Darrell Whiteman Explores Culture, Values, and the Worldview: Anthropology for Mission Practice

This seminar, held Monday, September 24, 2018 through Friday, September 28, 2018, by Dr. Whiteman will look at the real problems of crossing cultural boundaries with the Gospel. To understand better the source of these problems and develop approaches to overcome them, the Seminar will focus on the concept of culture, the challenge of distinguishing the Gospel from North American values, and understanding how conversion must relate to people’s worldviews. Cosponsored by Franciscan Missionaries of Mary & TMS Global

To register to attend one or more days of this seminar, please click here.

Darrell Whiteman is a missiological anthropologist, passionate about helping people in diverse cultures connect the Gospel and biblical values to the deepest part of their worldview.  His training in “Crossing Cultural Barriers with the Gospel” has taken him to 78 countries and the training of thousands of missionaries and church workers.  After serving as a United Methodist missionary in Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands (1979-1984) he was professor of anthropology and mission and later dean of the E. Stanley Jones School of World Mission and Evangelism at Asbury Theological Seminary for 21 years, and Vice President and Resident Missiologist at The Mission Society in Atlanta, Georgia for nine years.  He recently served as the interim executive director of the Overseas Ministries Study Center in New Haven, and adjunct professor at Yale Divinity School.   He presently serves as the director of Global Development, an international non-profit ministry.

He served on the board of trustee of the American Bible Society for 27 years, and the Overseas Ministries Study Center for nine.  He is the past president of the American Society of Missiology and the International Association for Mission Studies.  He has authored or edited five books, including World Mission in the Wesleyan Spirit.

He lives in Gig Harbor, Washington with his wife Laurie of 47 years.

Join Us For a Special Event with Dr. Bernard Adeney-Risakotta on Thursday, September 27th

Join Us For a Special Event on Thursday, September 27, 2018

On Thursday evening September 27 OMSC will be hosting a public book event featuring Dr. Bernard Adeney-Risakotta's new book, Living in a Sacred Cosmos: Indonesia and the Future of Islam (Yale Southeast Asia Studies Monograph #66). The event will be held in the Andrew F. Walls Conference Room on the OMSC campus, 490 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT, from 7:30 - 9:00 p.m. This event is open to public and all are welcome. We hope to see you there!

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Mark Gornik and Faculty Team - Formation in our Mission Journey Seminar

This week the new academic year at OMSC kicks off with our first seminar the “Formation in our Mission Journey Seminar” led by Mark Gornik and the Faculty Team from City Seminary of New York.

In mission as in life, we are on a journey of faith and learning. Reading the Gospel of John alongside Jean Vanier’s Drawn into the Mystery of Christ in the Gospel of John, this seminar will attend to our journey of formation in mission, its experiences, locations and practices. Cosponsored by Resonate Global Mission

Enjoy the photo gallery below by clicking on the first photo.

To see OMSC’s upcoming calendar of inspirational seminars that are open to everyone, and to register, click here:

www.omsc.org/seminars

OMSC welcomes new residents at reception Sept 4th.

OMSC welcomes new residents at reception Sept 4th. We may be located in New Haven, Connecticut, but our residents and alumni represent nearly 100 countries around the globe.

What an exciting time it is here at OMSC! New friends have arrived on campus ready to begin the study program seminars, and the community has once again come together in a unique mix of cultures and traditions. With individuals, couples, and families in residence (including 16 children) the campus is buzzing with activity. Countries represented on campus this year include:

Cambodia, China, Colombia, Hungary, India, Kenya, Myanmar, Paraguay, Peru, South Korea, Spain, and Thailand.

Click below photo to view slideshow of photos of our opening reception September 4th.

The Welcome Mat is Out as the Class of 2018-19 Arrives on Campus

With passports, visas and luggage in hand our new scholars, artists, and missionaries arrive this month to begin the 2018-19 study program seminars

Where in the world is OMSC? 

We may be located in New Haven, Connecticut, but our residents and alumni represent nearly 100 countries around the globe.

What an exciting time it is here at OMSC! New friends are arriving on campus ready to begin the study program seminars, and the community is once again coming together in a unique mix of cultures and traditions. With individuals, couples, and families in residence (including 16 children) the campus is buzzing with activity. Countries represented on campus this year will include:

Cambodia, China, Colombia, Hungary, India, Kenya, Myanmar, Paraguay, Peru, South Korea, Spain, and Thailand. 

How can you make an investment in the future of the church's participation in God's mission around the world? By becoming an OMSC Second Century Partner! For more information and to donate, click here. 

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Join us at the Michael Kelly Blanchard OMSC benefit concert Oct. 14th

The inspirational storyteller/songwriter Michael Kelly Blanchard will be performing at a benefit concert for OMSC at 3 pm on October 14, 2018 at the Covenant Presbyterian Church - The Barn - in Simsbury, CT. Michael has recorded with Noel "Paul" Stookey of "Peter, Paul & Mary," and Noel has recorded several of Michael's signature songs, including "Be Ye Glad." It is a free concert open to everyone! A freewill offering to benefit OMSC will be taken. If you, your friends, family, or church group would like to attend... please RSVP me at gerowe@omsc.org to reserve your spot. Or RSVP online to reserve your free tickets/seats: 
https://www.omsc.org/events/ 
Limited seating, so reserve your spot early! 
Sample of music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5FsvIxHus9E
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Team up with OMSC to walk or run the iconic New Haven Road Race

Looking to take on the 5k (3 miles), 20k (12.4 miles) or half marathon (13.1 miles) challenge of the epic and historic New Haven Road Race in CT on September 3rd? Or perhaps you can grab some friends and do the relay? The Overseas Ministries Study Center has a free fundraising program & personal website you can create/customize that offers professional training, an unparalleled community of support, and inspiration every step of the way. Ready to make a difference locally, nationally and internationally? Join our OMSC team and let us help you find your extraordinary, while embracing the world at the same time! Click here for more details on joining Team OMSC. Click here for more information on the NHRR

Join Swipe and help embrace the world by supporting OMSC

We are thrilled to launch a new way to give to OMSC — and that’s through PWI Swipe. It’s a way for you to donate the spare change from your purchases to OMSC, and it only takes five minutes. Sound like something you want to be a part of? Visit our website here to find out how you can start supporting us by donating your spare change. Please spread the word to help us grow. 

PWI Swipe allows you to donate your “spare change” to support a great cause, OMSC! When you participate in Swipe and make a purchase, your total is rounded up to the nearest dollar—and the difference is donated directly to OMSC.

Here is how you can start supporting us by donating your spare change:

1.    Download the PWI Swipe app for iOS or Android

2.    Create an account or login (it’s free)

3.    Add your credit card (and funding account) and/or debit card to the app to keep track of change from your purchases.

4.    Search for the Overseas Ministries Study Center (OMSC) in the nonprofit list.

5.    Shop and purchase as you normally would—and little by little you’ll be making a huge difference!

We are excited for you to signup for Swipe and contribute to our mission. Thank you!

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OMSC at the Travelers Championships!

OMSC Executive Director Dr. Tom Hastings and OMSC Development Officer Rob Gerowe shared the inspirational 96 year story of the Overseas Ministries Study Center to over 2.3 million listeners on iHeart Radio with the wonderful host & Director of Community Affairs & On Air Programming for IHeart Radio - Renee DiNino. Thanks Renee and Travelers Championships for supporting the work of OMSC and choosing us as one of your charity partners! With your help we have raised over $5,000 via the Travelers Championship's Birdies for Charity Program. Here is a link to the interview of the iHeart Radio broadcast. To donate to OMSC and have your generous gift matched... click here by June 24, 2018. 

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Birdies for Charity: Overseas Ministries Study Center on multiple IHeart Radio stations

iHeartCommunities is once again the proud media sponsor of Birdies for Charity with The Travelers Championship. iHeart Radio will be broadcasting live from the Fan Zone the week of the tournament (June 18-24) , be sure to stop by and say hello! OMSC will be there as well. Listen to Rob Gerowe, Development Officer for Overseas Ministries Study Center talk about their involvement with Birdies for Charity and how you can help their charity!

OMSC: An Incubator for Missional Imagination and Practice

Since our founding in 1922 we have been engaging in mission with the world Christian movement through our: 

  • Residential community for missionaries, church leaders,  research scholars, and artists from every nation and Christian tradition

  • International Bulletin of Mission Research

  • Study program in mission and world Christianity

CLICK HERE to visit OMSC's website to learn more!

CLICK HERE for more information on the Birdies program and to donate to OMSC and have your gift matched!

Pictured below: (Left to Right) Nathan Grube, Tournament Director for Travelers Championship, Julie Pyrcz Community Relations Intern for Travelers Championship, Taylor Whiting, Volunteer and Charity Coordinator for Travelers Championship, Renee DiNino of iHeartRadio, and Rob Gerowe, Development Officer for OMSC.

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Ed Seibert To Be Honored at June Meeting

Edward Seibert (center) at the OMSC Art Gala in April of 2018

Edward Seibert (center) at the OMSC Art Gala in April of 2018

On Wednesday, June 6 Edward Seibert of Guilford will retire from the OMSC Board of Trustees after 16 years of service. Having previously completed the term limit of 9 years on the board, his fellow trustees twice voted to extend his service for additional terms in order to continue in his capacity as treasurer. In addition to being treasurer Mr. Seibert also served as a member of the executive committee, and on the property management and financial management committees.
 
Mr. Seibert has worked with financial and strategic planning in not-for-profit and church-related organizations including the Episcopal Diocese of New York, Connecticut, and Western Massachusetts. He and his wife, Winnie, live in Guilford where they actively volunteer with their church and with the Guilford Keeping Society (historical society). Winnie is also Past President of the Guilford Keeping Society.

John Mullins Joins Board of Trustees

John Mullins will begin his first term of service on the OMSC Board of Trustees when he attends the annual meeting on Wednesday, June 6. He was elected at the December 2017 meeting.

Mr. Mullins was based in Asia Pacific for more than 25 years and has extensive experience working in the financial sector. He is the founder and president of JDM Advisors, Inc. in North Carolina. 

Welcome to the Board of Trustees, John!

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In Memoriam

Jesse Glick (1942 - 2018)

Jesse Glick
(1942 - 2018)

Former Trustee Jesse Glick passed away unexpectedly on April 29, 2018. Jesse was an ordained minister in the Mennonite Church and spent his life working and advocating for peace and justice issues. He served on the OMSC Board of Trustees from 2004 until 2013. As a trustee he served on the financial development and property management committees. He is survived by his wife Eloise, son Bradford and his wife Susanne, daughter Shelly King and her husband Matthew, and granddaughter Allison. A celebration of his life was held May 5.

Rev. Dr. Seth O. Asare

Rev. Dr. Seth O. Asare

OMSC recently received news that former Trustee Rev. Dr. Seth O. Asare passed away in his sleep on August 12, 2017 at his home in Ghana. Seth forged lasting friendships everywhere he traveled, and had an impact on the Christian community. In 1984 he and his family moved from Ghana to Wakefield, Rhode Island. Seth answered the call to serve the Lord as a minister and was posted as pastor of the Cochesett United Methodist Church of West Bridgewater, MA, while pursuing his Master's of Divinity at Boston University School of Theology. After completing his M.Div. he became the E. Stanley Jones Professor of Evangelism at Boston University. Following his career in the United States, Seth and his wife, Dorothy, retired to Ghana in 2011. 
 
In addition to his service on the Board of Trustees, he was also an elder in the New England Conference of the United Methodist Church. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy and their children Solomon, Ohene, Abena, and Amma.

OMSC invited to the United Nations

OMSC is very grateful to Prosthetics For Change and Jaipur Foot for providing free of charge a new high tech prosthetic leg to John Ekechukwu, a missionary from Nigeria and current OMSC resident. Jaipur Foot is currently being celebrated at the United Nations for their amazing work over the past 50 years in restoring dignity by providing prosthetics to over 1.7 million people worldwide! John and his wife Adebola, OMSC Executive Director Tom Hastings, and Development Officer Rob Gerowe were invited to a United Nations Panel Discussion and the launch of the Jaipur Foot UN Exhibition on May 15th. Dr D. R. Mehta, founder of Jaipur Foot, led the discussion, and Ashita Dhadda, a high school junior from New Jersey and founder and CEO of Prosthetics For Change, gave a stirring address to gathered dignitaries. Many UN ambassadors from around the world were in attendance at both events. OMSC presented both organizations with a gift of artwork by Wisnu Sasongko, former OMSC artist in residence. It was a great evening of celebration and hope!

Please click below to see photos from the United Nations event. 

Certificate Ceremony in honor of the Class of 2017 - 2018, Tuesday, May 8, 2018

On Tuesday May 8, 2018, the staff, trustees and friends of OMSC celebrated the resident class of 2017 – 2018 with a certificate ceremony and luncheon at the Overseas Ministries Study Center in New Haven, CT. We have been honored to get to know these wonderful scholars, pastors, missionaries, and artists that have studied and fellowshipped with us this past year. They have inspired us and we wish our class of 2018 safe travels and many blessings in their ministries as they return to their home communities around the world this summer.

Dr. Thomas Hastings, OMSC Executive Director, delivered the message and led us in prayer before handing out certificates. We also sang two hymns, opening with “Lord, You Give the Great Commission,” which was very appropriate since the ceremony was held in OMSC’s Great Commission Hall. In addition, we were blessed to have Bishop Jeffrey W. Rowthorn, the writer of this inspiring hymn, and his wife Anne, at the ceremony. We closed the ceremony with the classic hymn, "To God be the Glory," written by William Howard Doane, whose daughters founded OMSC in 1922 as a place of rest, renewal and empowerment for missionaries from around the world. After the ceremony, we enjoyed a wonderful time of fellowship and celebration at a luncheon hosted by staff in our main building.

Please click on the slideshow below and share this news link with everyone you know.