Middle Eastern Emerging Ministries
Presbyterian Middle Eastern Americans trace the origin of their faith to the apostolic age and their Reformed roots to Presbyterian missions in the Middle East in the 19th Century.
There are currently more than 50 Middle Eastern Presbyterian congregations and fellowships in the United States worshiping in the Arabic, Armenian, Assyrian and Farsi languages.
The office of Middle Eastern Emerging Ministries provides spiritual and organizational services to enhance the ministry of Middle Eastern Presbyterian congregations and fellowships in the United States.
Magdy Girgis - Field Staff for Middle Eastern Ministries
Rev. Dr. Magdy B. Girgis joined the Presbyterian Mission Agency ministry area of Racial Ethnic and Women's Ministries/Presbyterian Women as the Field Staff for Middle Eastern Ministries inthe Office of New Immigrants and Emerging Ministries. His responsibilities include working in partnership with mid councils to develop and grow Middle Eastern new worshiping communities and their leadership. In addition, he will identify social justice inequities and act as a bridge for dialogue, promoting educational and cultural understanding of Middle Eastern issues in partnership with the National Middle Eastern Presbyterian Caucus and other groups. Magdy is a board-certified chaplain at Vitas Hospice Care in California. He will serve part-time as the Field Staff for Middle Eastern Ministries as deployed staff while continuing to reside in Los Angeles, California, with his wife Afaf and two children, their son, David, and their daughter, Sarah. In addition to English, Magdy speaks his native language, Arabic.
Magdy brings to this position “the characteristics of leadership development, communication skills, partnership, wide and diverse administrative experiences, and proficiency in various fund development efforts.” He is committed to understanding the goal of igniting the movement to grow 1001 new worshiping communities “by investing a good time of my life in leading missions and developing local evangelism, which is what my life is centered around because it is my passion.”
National Middle Eastern Presbyterian Caucus (NMEPC) Slate of the Executive Committee for the term 2011 to 2013
Download the National Middle Eastern Presbyterian Caucus Slate of the Executive Committee For the Term 2011 to 2013.
National Middle Eastern Presbyterian Caucus (NMEPC) letter to 220th General Assembly Commissioners
Read this letter from the National Middle Eastern Presbyterian Caucus (NMEPC) that calls on the 220th General Assembly to divest all Presbyterian funds from companies that profit from the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories and to pass the overture on apartheid.
Press release: National Middle Eastern Presbyterian Caucus (NMEPC) supports and endorses the boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign against the Israeli occupation of Palestine
In response to the call by representatives of Palestinian civil society call upon international civil society organizations and people of conscience all over the world to impose broad boycotts and implement divestment initiatives against Israel similar to those applied to South Africa in the apartheid era, The National Middle Eastern Presbyterian Caucus, its biennial meeting August 23, 2011, responded to this call and issued a press release October 11, 2011.
Endorsement: Palestine Kairos document
In response to the December 11, 2009 call by the Christians community of Palestine in their published document, Kairos Palestine, “A moment of truth: A word of faith, hope and love from the heart of Palestinian suffering”, The National Middle Eastern Presbyterian Caucus upon due consideration and deliberation endorsed the Palestine Kairos document at its biennial meeting August 23, 2011 and issued a press release October 18, 2011.