England

map-unitedkingdomThe Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) supports efforts for renewal, reconciliation, service and ecumenical cooperation in the United Kingdom through partner churches and organizations and through our mission personnel (in Northern Ireland and Wales). The United Kingdom is also one of the international sites for the PC(USA) Young Adult Volunteer program. In Great Britain, YAVs serve through Time for God, a volunteer agency set up cooperatively by a number of denominations.

Presbyterianism in North America traces its roots back through Scots-Irish immigrants from the north of Ireland to Scotland. Once a dominant institution in a relatively homogenous society, today the Church of Scotland seeks to witness to the gospel as a minority body amidst a growing secular and increasingly multicultural and multifaith population. Creative centers of urban ministry and worship renewal are as important stopping off points for pilgrims as historical buildings.

In England and Wales our partner churches also wrestle with declining membership and ministerial shortages as they also minister in increasingly secular or multiracial and multifaith contexts. Reaching new population groups around their older congregations, attitudes toward immigration and the widening gap between rich and poor in society are three of many issues that churches in the United Kingdom and the United States share in wrestling with and may learn about from one another.

In Northern Ireland, the PC(USA)’s partner churches and organizations and PC(USA) mission personnel are particularly involved in reconciliation efforts as there continues to be movement out of conflict and toward a positively shared future.

Rev. Tom and Judy Harvey

Rev. Dr. Tom and Judy Harvey

Prior to their appointment to serve at Oxford Center for Mission Studies, Tom and his wife, Judy, who supports his work there, served for 11 years as mission co-workers in Singapore at Trinity Theological College.  Tom holds a B.A. in Christian Education from Wheaton College, an M.Div. from Asbury Theological Seminary, an M.A. in theology from the University of Notre Dame, and a Ph.D. in theology and ethics from Duke University. Judy holds a B.A. in psychology from the University of Kentucky.

In his role at the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies, Tom Harvey leads a research program whose impact reaches far beyond the halls of academia. “My work is to ensure that OCMS advances innovative and transformative research to empower the ongoing practice of mission globally,” he says. “This is to help equip the global church with well-trained, creative, reflective, biblically informed and theologically capable leaders who will serve in congregations, mission agencies, theological training institutions, faith-based NGOs and the wider professional community.”

Tom is a teaching elder and a member of New Hope Presbytery. Judy is a member of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Durham, North Carolina. Tom and Judy are the parents of three adult children, Joseph, Paul and Emma.

Read more about their ministry on their profile page, which you can find here.

United Kingdom Partner Churches and Organizations

Church of Scotland
United Reformed Church
The Presbyterian Church of Wales
Churches Together in Britain and Ireland

ECUMENICAL PROGRAMS

The Iona Community
Time for God

The Rev. Dr. Tom and Judy Harvey, mission co-workers, serving at the Oxford Center for Mission Studies

Tom Harvey (tom.harvey@pcusa.org)

Judy Harvey (judy.harvey@pcusa.org)