Rebecca grew up in Pittsburgh as a member of the East Liberty Presbyterian Church where her faith was shaped at an early age. It was here, where her parents have been active members for over 40 years, Rebecca began to understand the connection between faith and mission and where she first sensed a call to ministry. As a church youth, she traveled to Malawi and learned to value international ministry, especially mission done in partnership.
After graduation from college, she entered seminary. She was called to Sunnyside Presbyterian Church in South Bend, Indiana where she served as an associate pastor for ten years. At Sunnyside, one of her responsibilities was for education for all ages. Rebecca recalls how as she grew into her calling as a minister she found a passion for intergenerational learning, a focus that she continues to nurture. During her time as a seminary student, she met her husband, Joshua Yoder, also a theology student. In addition to serving a congregation in Indiana, Joshua holds a doctorate in New Testament studies from The University of Notre Dame.
Rebecca, Josh and Owen served as mission co-workers with Presbyterian World Mission and The Evangelical Theological Seminary in Cairo, Egypt from 2013 - early 2015. Rebecca relates how she and Josh began to discern a calling to international service and through much prayer, conversation and leaps of faith, came to live, work and study in Egypt. During their time in Egypt, Rebecca has instructed Masters of Divinity students in theological English, overseen the development of online courses, been an interpretation resource for U.S. supporters and congregations, and hosted visiting groups engaging in mission partnerships.
The Rev. Rebecca Kirkpatrick began her ministry with us on July 1, 2015.