Among the missionaries we sponsor through the Presbytery of Western North Carolina is Rebecca Young. Prior to her ordination to the ministry of Word and Sacrament in 1998, Becca, as she in known to her friends, had a career in nutrition. From 1989 to 1993, she worked for Church World Service in Jayapura, Irian Jaya, Indonesia, where she served as a nutritional consultant. Becca - yes, we are her friends - has a bachelor's degree, three master's degrees, and a doctorate. Her bachelor's degree is in psychology and international development from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. She has a master of divinity degree from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA; a master's degree in public health and nutrition from the University of North Carolina Public Health in Chapel Hill, NC; and both a master's of philosophy and a doctorate from Fordham University in New York, NY.

In July 2007, Becca was appointed to serve as Instructor of Systematic Theology at the Jakarta Theological Seminary in Jakarta, Indonesia. In addition, she has a part-time assignment with Presbyterian Disaster Assistance as a consultant for PDA's ongoing recovery work for the tsunami in Aceh Province of December 2004. Becca regularly writes interesting, and often amusing, accounts of her experiences in Indonesia. You can check these out on the Global Missions bulletin board.