Bernadine Sophie Smith is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church assigned as nurse/medical coordinator of Global Ministries’ Missionary Health Ministry Wellness Program. She was commissioned in June 2019.
The Wellness Program assists with the medical, emotional and spiritual care for the agency’s mission personnel around the world. Much of it is now virtual, allowing flexible, cost-effective management but involves some travel.
Born in Connecticut, Bernadine was living in the U.S. Virgin Islands when she entered mission service, working as a staff nurse in a primary care clinic in Christiansted. She is a member of Wesley United Methodist Church, Wilmington, North Carolina. She previously worked at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington. Her nursing degree is from Mohegan Community College in Connecticut, and she holds a bachelor’s degree in health care management. She is a registered nurse in multiple states and the USVI.
Bernadine was raised in the Roman Catholic Church, but developments within that community in recent years have challenged her commitment to the denomination. “My faith in Jesus Christ has never wavered,” she says. “Prayer and fellowship with fellow Christians that include close family and friends has been in the forefront of my life as long as I can remember.”
She has taken part in mission visits to Haiti and Honduras, and each drew her to “a life that serves the Lord.”
She sees her work as wellness coordinator as “a direct link to service and commitment to my faith In Jesus Christ. As a nurse, my service is both spiritual and physical [for people] who seek support, prayer, direction and comfort.”
Bernadine is married to Thomas P. Smith.