Three people attended orientation for new Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) mission personnel in January and will soon begin their international assignments.
The Rev. Bob and Kristi Rice will serve in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where Bob will be a Christian education and evangelism consultant with the Presbyterian Community of Congo. Kristi has been appointed to team ministry and will assist Bob in his role.
The Rices come to Presbyterian mission service with prior overseas experience. They met in Rwanda in 2003, when Kristi was working with a microfinance program run by World Relief and Bob was serving as a short-term mission worker with African Enterprise assisting its evangelism team.
Bob was ordained to the ministry of Word and Sacrament at his home congregation, Menlo Park (Calif.) Presbyterian Church, by San Francisco Presbytery on Feb. 7. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado and an M.A. in intercultural studies and an M.Div. from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, Calif.
Kristi is a member of Wheaton (Ill.) Evangelical Free Church. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Wheaton College and an M.B.A. in international development from Hope International University in Fullerton, Calif.
The Rev. Carolyn Weber is assigned to the Mekane Yesus Theological Seminary in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She will serve as an English teacher and library adviser.
Carolyn has been an ordained PC(USA) pastor for two decades. She has served two congregations, Valentine (Neb.) Presbyterian Church from 1989 to 1999 and the United Church of Oneida, a federated congregation of the PC(USA) and the United Methodist Church in Oneida, Ill., from 1999 to 2009. Her experience also includes a month-long mission assignment in Liberia with the United Methodist Church.
Carolyn is a graduate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha and earned both her M.Div. and D.Min. degrees from San Francisco Theological Seminary.