Presbyterian World Mission calls young leader with broad experience to key role
Presbyterian World Mission announced that Gregory Allen-Pickett has joined that ministry area of the Presbyterian Mission Agency to serve as General Manager. Allen-Pickett comes following World Mission’s restructuring to become more responsive to global partners and U.S. Presbyterians and more supportive of its mission personnel. Allen-Pickett will be responsible for implementing World Mission’s strategic direction and empowering Louisville-based staff and mission personnel to connect global partners with Presbyterians in the United States.
“We are thrilled to welcome Greg to the team,” said Hunter Farrell, Director of Presbyterian World Mission. “Greg brings a pastor’s heart, a keen business sense, an understanding of international development, and cross-cultural experience to this important role. As we celebrate 175 years of Presbyterian mission, I’m excited about the strengths Greg will bring to the World Mission family. His perspective from a faith-based non-profit organization will strengthen us tremendously as we continue to serve alongside our global partners and U.S. Presbyterians."
Allen-Pickett will oversee the day-to-day operations of World Mission, mentor and manage staff, oversee financial operations, and work alongside other ministry areas in the Presbyterian Mission Agency to enhance effectiveness and ensure alignment in the overall Presbyterian Mission Agency ministry vision, mission, strategy, and desired outcomes.
Farrell will continue to lead Presbyterian World Mission, shaping the mission organization's vision, developing and strengthening strategic alliances, and connecting Presbyterian World Mission more closely with global partners, PC(USA) mission leaders, donors, and congregations.
Allen-Pickett did his undergraduate work in Political Science and Spanish at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington, and earned a Masters in International Studies with a focus in Sustainable Development from the University of Denver. He worked for Alaska Airlines as a manager in Juneau, Alaska, and Denver, Colorado, and was part of their Management Development Program. Following that, he worked as Field Operations Manager for Healing Waters International, a faith-based non-profit, in Denver and Guatemala. He is currently completing studies at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary and has been a pulpit supply preacher and worship lay leader in various churches in Texas, leading English and bilingual worship. He also served as Youth Programs Director at Wellshire Presbyterian Church in Denver and he was a Rotary Goodwill Ambassador scholar in Ecuador in 2001.
About Presbyterian World Mission: With approximately 200 mission co-workers serving in 50 countries around the globe, Presbyterian World Mission engages Presbyterians globally for faithful and effective participation in cross-cultural mission by inspiring, equipping, and accompanying one another in communities of mission practice; serving alongside global partners; and strategically focusing on three critical global issues: addressing the root causes of poverty, especially as it impacts women and children; sharing the good news of God’s love in Jesus Christ; and promoting reconciliation in cultures plagued by violence. Presbyterian World Mission celebrates 175 years of international mission by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church. Learn more at www.pcusa.org/worldmission or www.pcusa.org/175years.