Nancy Carew is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church assigned to the Liberia Annual Conference in West Africa. She is serving in the ministry of empowerment in the areas of skills training and leadership development for women, including young adults.
Nancy teaches courses covering food and nutrition, home management, and basic computer skills at the United Methodist Women’s Leadership Training Center. She has additional administrative duties at the United Methodist Mission Missionary Compound in Monrovia. She also organizes a nutrition program with emphasis on children in her community.
A native of Sierra Leone, Nancy has a Bachelor of Science degree in home economics education from Njala College, University of Sierra Leone, and is a certified facilitator in nutrition. She also earned certificates as a patient care technician at DeKalb Technical College (now Georgia Piedmont Technical College) and in Windows and Microsoft Office from Georgia Perimeter College, both in Atlanta, Georgia (USA).
Prior to her commissioning as a United Methodist missionary, she taught high school for six years in Sierra Leone before proceeding to London, where she worked for three years in the dietary department of St. Mary’s Hospital. After moving to the United States, Nancy worked in the food and beverage department with Stouffer Concourse Hotel and the Evergreen Mariott Conference Resort in Atlanta, while her husband taught at a local college. Nancy says, “My training in nutrition and experiences working in hospitals and hotels has prepared me for God’s mission…” She feels blessed to have been called to serve in this capacity.
“The suffering and hardship of innocent civilians, including women and children, during the civil war in Sierra Leone and Liberia has touched me deeply,” Nancy says. “I know God is working through my ministry to bring relief and hope to women, in particular, who are desperately in need of help.”
Before her assignment to Liberia, Nancy and her family served for three years in Nigeria. Mrs. Carew was manager of the United Methodist guesthouses in Jos, taught with the adult literacy program, and helped to develop a children’s Sunday school. She was also treasurer of the urban ministry program.
Nancy is married to George Carew, a retired missionary with Global Ministries, and the Carews are members of Clarkston United Methodist Church in the North Georgia Annual Conference. Nancy and George are the parents of six children.