PCUSA Missionaries We Support
Rev. Esther Wakeman serves as University Chaplain at Payap University in Chiang Mai, Thailand. About 10 percent of the 5,000 students and 30 percent of the 800 faculty are Christian. The Office of Spiritual Life has 8 staff members and they are responsible for worship services, required chapel programs, small payer groups, and pastoral visits at times of sickness and death, among other responsibilities. Esther is married to Rob Collins, brother of First Presbyterian Church member Gordon Collins. They have regularly toured the United States with a modern dramatic and musical arts group with regular stops in Wooster.
Stephen and Brenda Stelle serve in Ethiopia at the invitation of the Ethiopian Evangelical Church. Stephen serves as an instructor at Gidada Bible School, working with the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus as a mentor/trainer of pastors. Brenda teaches English at the Bethel Evangelical Secondary School (BESS) in Dembi Dollo. The Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus (EECMY) is a longtime partner of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)