Missionaries to speak at First Presbyterian

John Fletcher and his wife Gwenda, missionaries to the Congo since 1989, will speak at a potluck dinner in McColgan Hall at First Presbyterian Church, 717 W. 32nd Av., Pine Bluff, at 6 p.m. Sunday.

In January 2009, the Fletchers were appointed to serve with the Presbyterian Community of Congo (CPC) in the Kasai region of Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The Fletchers were first appointed mission personnel by the PC (USA) in 1989, and they served in the Congo until January 2001.

Both grew up as children of Presbyterian mission workers in India. John works with the Christian Medical Institute of the Kasai (IMCK), helping the staff build and maintain a unified network of all the CPC’s mission hospitals. Although John’s primary surgical responsibilities are at the Good Shepherd Hospital, his broader charge is to work with the CPC medical director in support of the CPC medical program.

He teaches medical residents, medical students and nursing students at the IMCK and other mission hospitals.

Gwenda works with the CPC, helping the church with teacher training, administration and community involvement.

Gwenda holds a B.S. in education from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon, and an M.S. in special education from Portland State University. John holds a B.S. in cell and molecular biology and an M.D. from the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington.