Special Projects Missionary

Missionary Support Code: 13030Z


Theodore (Ted) R. Warnock is a missionary with the Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church serving as Missionary for Special Projects for the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). In addition to administrative and promotional tasks, Ted generally travels to Africa several times a year on various UMCOR assignments.

In Ted’s current role with UMCOR Health, his primary focus concentrates on health board capacity development and education.  In this capacity, Ted has worked with over a dozen Episcopal Areas to develop, facilitate, and led healthcare board capacity development and training to include medical board and administrative capacity training.  Areas addressed include governance, leadership, strategic and operational planning, grants, transparency, parliamentary  processes, bylaws, and sustainability with emphasis placed upon strong stakeholder/donor relations and financial and program transparency.  In addition, Ted oversees the Artificial limb program in Sierra Leone, and works in partnership with other UMCOR programs.

Ted's initial work with UMCOR was supervising land mine removal in various African countries. "The success of land mine removal is a little different to explain. How do you know how many lives you have saved, or how many legs were not blown away because we (as the United Methodist Church) had the courage and commitment to go to Mozambique and put our financial resources to work?"

To put this into perspective, Ted tells of an interview with a humanitarian de-miner that had his leg blown off below the knee while removing mines. The de-miner, since married and with a child was asked, "Do you feel your work was important?" His reply, "Yes. Where my injury occurred there is now a school where children have the opportunity to succeed, and I did something good to help my country." When you see the smiles of children dancing in a schoolyard that was once a minefield, you "just know" we are where we must be.

Prior to this assignment, Ted and wife Carla served as Coordinators of the United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) Program in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. "In January 1995 I heard about a mission trip to a place called Haiti. I did not know where it was, but knew I had to go," Ted shares of his call to mission. "Three months later I was in Port-au-Prince working side by side with 16 fellow VIM team members and an equal number of Haitians - architects, masons, and laborers."

After serving as an aircraft maintenance specialist in the U.S. Air Force for four years, Ted obtained an Associate’s degree in Aircraft Maintenance from the Community College of the Air Force and a B.A. in Human Resources Management from the New School of Social Research.

Ted worked as Business Manager and Board Secretary for the Montrose Area School District in Pennsylvania while earning an M.B.A. with a concentration in health care administration from Marywood University in 1985. Since then, Ted has worked as a Vice President of Human Resources for Casket Shells, Inc.; Marketing Representative for Blue Cross of Northeastern PA; and Marketing Manager for Geisinger Health Plan and Health America. Prior to his commissioning as a GBGM missionary, Ted worked for nine years at a Legal Administrator for O'Malley and Harris, P.C., a law firm in Scranton, PA.

Ted and Carla have two adult daughters, Cassandra and Ashley.  The couple’s son-in-law, Sam, was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2011. Two grandsons, Chad and Noah, keep them busy. The Warnocks are members of the Courthouse Community United Methodist Church in the Virginia Annual Conference.

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Supporting Conferences: Iowa Annual Conference, North Georgia Annual Conference, Susquehanna Annual Conference, Upper New York, Virginia Annual Conference

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