Strengthening mission support
Elizabeth Little will help congregations build relationships with World Mission
January 15, 2013
Elizabeth Little, a congregational mission leader from Charlotte, North Carolina, has accepted a position as a church support fund-raising associate with the Presbyterian Mission Agency.
Little will work with congregations in the Eastern part of the United States, building awareness of the agency’s World Mission ministry area and raising financial support for international mission personnel. Previously, Little served for four and a half years as global outreach director for Myers Park Presbyterian Church in Charlotte. In this role, she nurtured relationships with the congregation’s international ministry partners, facilitated classes and forums on mission, and led short-term mission teams to Brazil, Cuba, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, El Salvador, and Malawi.
Little's mission experience also includes one year of service on the Gulf Coast, where she served with Presbyterian Disaster Assistance in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. She was PDA’s volunteer village coordinator, managing the six villages that provided temporary housing for people helping with relief efforts.
Before entering full-time church service, Little worked for the Westin Charlotte as senior catering sales manager/conference sales manager. Her 18 years in the hospitality industry also included positions at the Hilton Charlotte and Towers and Walt Disney World Resorts.
A longtime member of First Presbyterian Church of Charlotte, Little maintained her membership in the congregation while on staff at Myers Park. She serves First Presbyterian as an elder and as co-chair of its Global Missions Committee. Little has traveled to Cuba, Haiti, Mexico, Russia, and Venezuela on mission trips with the congregation.
Little will be available to help congregations in the Northeastern states and the Middle Atlantic states plus Virginia and North Carolina. The region has more than 4,000 Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) congregations. She joins two other church support fund-raising associates, Chris Roseland, who works with congregations in the South, and Bruce Whearty, who serves the Midwest. A fourth associate is being sought for the West.
Little earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of North Carolina and is pursuing a Master of Arts degree in Christian education at Union Presbyterian Seminary’s Charlotte campus. Her work for World Mission will be based in Charlotte.