Serve Globally





Immediate Opportunities to Serve

Make a Global Impact Through Heifer International

Heifer provides 22 different kinds of livestock to 817 projects on five continents, including 25 states in the United States. Donate to Heifer International via the Aldersgate Coffee Shop or shop Heifer online here.

 If you have any questions or would like to schedule a call to discuss our areas of service, please contact us.

Explore all our serving opportunities around the world below.

For more information or to say yes to serving, e-mail the listed contact person.

Global Partnerships

Baltic Methodist Theological Seminary

The Baltic Methodist Theological Seminary is the largest United Methodist seminary in Europe, currently serving 99 students from eight countries who study in three languages: Estonian, Russian and English. Students receive internationally accredited, university-level training. Their studies prepare them for Christian ministry across the Baltic region and the former Soviet Union.

Click here to email Pam Carpenter, church liaison, or call 813.258.8357, for more information. Also click here to email Külli Tõniste, agency liaison, for more information, or view their website.

Global Missions

The Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church

The Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church empowers local congregations, ministries and individuals to be disciples of Jesus Christ in healing the hurts and building the hopes of people in their communities and around the world. The ministry facilitates mission awareness and participation by providing education, training and encouragement for those confronting poverty, disease, natural and civil disasters.

Click here to mail Clarke Campbell-Evans, church liaison, or call 863.688.5563 ext. 143, for more information. Click here to view the Global Ministries website.

United Methodist Volunteers In Mission (UMVIM)

United Methodist Volunteers In Mission (UMVIM), Southeastern Jurisdiction (SEJ), exists to promote, encourage and enable Christians to exemplify “Christian Love In Action.” UMVIM provides opportunities for service in places of need around the world by developing and nurturing relationships with domestic and international leaders. UMVIM builds and maintains their contacts with leaders in an effort to respond to the needs of local communities and to provide comprehensive project information. UNVIM strives to connect volunteers’ talents to suitable projects for effective service.

Click here to email Linda English Archer, church liaison, for more information or call 813.401.7918. Click here to visit the UMVIM website.

Methodists United In Prayer

The Cuba-Florida Covenant, now known as Methodists United in Prayer, was created in 1997 between Cuba and Florida Methodist bishops to promote a renewed church/family relationship between Florida United Methodist churches and their sister churches in Cuba. The Guanito church and Hyde Park United Methodist exchange prayers and visitors to gain a better understanding of one another’s culture and worship practices.

Click here to email Elio Muller, church liaison, or call 813.334.6205 for more information. Email Renee Kincaid, agency liaison, or call 813.885.5674 for more information.

United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR)

Compelled by Christ’s compassion, UMCOR is the church’s global response to natural or human-made disasters with hearts open to all people. UMCOR seeks to insure that all projects are performed with integrity by working with local partners in every area of service. Every dollar contributed to an UMCOR Advance goes to that program.

Click here to email Kay Murphy, church liaison, or James Rollins, agency liaison, 800.554.8583 for more information. Click here to view the UMCOR website.

Upper Room Ministries

Upper Room Ministries has been serving Christians around the world for 75 years through The Upper Room Daily Devotional Guide, a source of inspiration, Scripture and prayer. Today, The Upper Room is published in 40 languages for 2.5 million readers in more than 100 countries. In 2003, Hyde Park became the second congregation to join the Church Partners in International Ministry to provide funding for distribution of The Upper Room in Cuba, Africa and Bulgaria.

Click here to email Trish Krider, church liaison, or call 813.470.4616 for more information. Also email Dale Rust Waymack, agency liaison, or call 877.899.2780, ext 7236 for more information. View the Upper Room Ministries website.


Phakamisa (pronounced pa-ga-mee-sa) is a Zulu word meaning to uplift.

Phakamisa strives to offer a hand up to people from impoverished communities, reaching out to those whose lives have been affected by the impact of HIV/AIDS. Phakamisa provides support, training and resources for mainly elderly women who care for and support children who are orphaned and vulnerable through HIV/AIDS. The unofficial AIDS infection rate for many of the communities in the state of KwaZulu-Natal in which Phakamisa works is one in two people.

Click here to contact Sita Monti, church liaison, or click here to contact Thokozani Poswa, agency liaison.


Shining The Light Ministries

Shining the Light Ministries (STL) works with communities outside Leon, Nicaragua, to develop self-sustainability in agriculture and domestic businesses by providing field training, agronomy and veterinary support, and project management. Today there are over 75 gardens in eight rural communities at various stages of sustainability. There is one poultry farm that uses two coops for meat production and one poultry farm that utilizes two coops for egg production. A pilot project teaching English in one community is underway, and a sewing ministry works with five church communities.

Mission teams from Hyde Park United Methodist have partnered with STL and worked to leverage the skills of the STL team. STL’s Nicaraguan non-governmental organization continues to expand its programs as well as increase their mission to include addressing the day-to-day extraordinary needs in these communities caused by the unrest in the country. Indeed, through the support that STL has provided, these communities are better equipped to endure the challenges they face in the short term.

For more information, please contact Clayton McNeel by email.


Seth Mokitimi Methodist Seminary

The Seth Mokotimi Methodist Seminary, located in KwaZulu-Natal, currently registers over 100 seminarians each year, all in formation training for the ministry of Christ through the agency of the church.

Click here to email Doug and Sherri Roland, church liaisons, or call 813.731.2262. for more information. Also, contact Jon-Marc Olivier, agency liaison, +273384686000.

Wycliffe - Partners in Bible Translation

Wycliffe – Partners in Bible Translation is a nondenominational mission organization dedicated to translating the Scriptures and teaching people to read and write in their own language. Hyde Park partners with missionary families in Brazil and Papua New Guinea.

Click here to email Leslie McCabe-Holm or Cheri Roland, agency liaisons, for more information or visit the Wycliffe website.

General Board of Global Ministries

The General Board of Global Ministries (GBGM) connects the church in mission. This is accomplished by sending missionaries, including young adults, from everywhere and to everywhere; collaborating and engaging with volunteers; evangelizing and church planting through mission initiatives; addressing diseases of poverty and global health; and responding to natural and civil disasters.

Learn more about their mission on their website or meet and support missionaries on the Advance website.

Contact Leslie McCabe-Holm, ministry liaison, by email.

Give to Missions

Unified “Ministry and Mission Fund”

Every dollar we give together supports our mission partners along with our support of all of our congregational ministries and our support for the global ministries of the United Methodist Church.

Click here to email Vicki Walker for more information or call 813.253.5388.

Heifer International

Heifer International works with communities to end hunger and poverty, and to care for the earth. Since 1944, Heifer has provided help to 13.6 million families worldwide. Heifer provides 22 different kinds of livestock to 817 projects on five continents, including 25 states in the US. It has helped 13.6 million families move toward greater self-reliance through raising livestock, training and “Passing on the Gift” — where recipients agree to share offspring of their animals with others in need. Hyde Park United Methodist groups have purchased animals every year. You can donate to Heifer International via the Aldersgate Corner Bookstore and Coffee Shop.

Contact Clyde Boyer or Carleen Boyer, church liaisons, or Diana Carsey, agency liaison, 727.409.5415 for more information. Give to Heifer now or learn more on their website.

The Rose Whiteside Mission Trip Scholarship Fund

The Rose Whiteside Mission Trip Scholarship fund seeks to encourage each member of the Hyde Park United Methodist congregation to step outside of their comfort zone and change the way they see the world by going on a mission trip.
 Download an application.

For more information, email Vicki Walker or call 813.253.5388.

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