Guest post by Dr. Jason Hood, Teaching Associate & Director of Christ College Residency Program
Emily and I and our children—Noah (10), Darby (8), James (4) and Jasper (almost 9 months)—will leave Memphis and CUMC this fall and head to Moshi, Tanzania. We recently completed a lengthy season of caring for Emily’s parents, with whom we lived for a decade. Grieving their passing and praising God for their faith and example, we’ve gathered ourselves and have begun the process of taking the next step in life.
I will pastor an Anglican, international English-speaking congregation. The church consists of many believers of different denominations: Tanzanians, Europeans, Americans and others, including missionary doctors, people who run orphanages, NGO executives, teachers and others doing important work in northern Tanzania.
I’ve thoroughly enjoyed serving Christ Methodist, stepping in and out of a variety of teaching roles and heading up the Christ College Residency Program for the past four years. I’ve also enjoyed teaching at Visible Music College, Union University and Memphis Center for Urban Theological Studies. We look forward to taking the experience that God has provided for us and putting it to work for His glory. When people leave their country of origin, they are often in a situation similar to college students: open to new experiences, anxious, vulnerable and perhaps willing to attend church for the first time. So we invite you to join us in praying that God uses us to minister powerfully to expats (and locals).
The pastoral position in Moshi presents us with a variety of ministry opportunities in Africa, ranging from ministry to expats and English-speaking Tanzanians to theological education. We’re excited to have the support of our friends in Memphis, and we look forward to coming back and telling everyone all about the beauty of East Africa and the awesome work God is doing. Moshi is right below Mount Kilimanjaro, near the border with Kenya and close to many of the most beautiful places on earth. (We hope some of our Memphis friends will come visit for the scenery, if not to see us!)