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Don and Martha Wehmeyer
In August 2011, the National Presbyterian Church of Mexico (INPM) decided to sever ties in response to PC(USA) actions on Amendment 10-A regarding ordination standards. PC(USA) mission personnel assigned to Mexico and along the 2,000-mile U.S. - Mexico border still need support as they continue in deployment and discernment. World Mission is committed to continue to answer Christ’s call to serve alongside Mexican Christians in the wake of the National Presbyterian Church of Mexico’s decision. Read more
At the request of the National Presbyterian Church of Mexico, the Rev. Donald Wehmeyer and Dr. Martha Wehmeyer were appointed to serve as mission co-workers in Mérida. Don is director of the School of Continuing Education at San Pablo Theological Seminary in Mexico, while Martha ministers from the home.
Since the couple’s appointment in 1991, Don has assumed significant responsibilities. He was interim director of the seminary’s School of Theology. As director of the School of Continuing Education, Don organizes conferences and workshops, teaches theology courses, and leads workshops in many of Mexico's rural areas. He also writes articles for the local newspaper and publishes a magazine for pastors for the Synod of the Yucatán Peninsula.
Because his work has led him to other parts of Mexico, Don has been able to make observations about practices in other areas. He writes, “I also had a short but very interesting trip to Chiapas. I taught a course on church administration during a presbytery meeting. One thing I learned was that the persecution there is far worse I than I had realized. Several Presbyterian workers have been beaten to death in each of the past several years. At the meeting I attended there was a short memorial for a young Indian man who had been killed in April as he was walking in a remote area. His crime ... he no longer would buy candles from the local strong man to light in front of Catholic shrines.”
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Born in Wisconsin, Don graduated from the University of Oklahoma in Norman with a B.A. in political science. He later earned his M.Div. from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Austin, Texas. He served as a volunteer in mission in Cancún. He is a member of the Presbytery of New Covenant.
A native of Mérida, Martha earned her M.D. from the University of Yucatán School of Medicine. In addition to having a private practice in Mérida, she was a staff doctor for several agencies in the Yucatán Peninsula: the Center of Educative Therapy in Mérida, the Mexican Social Security in Tekol de Venegas, and the Clinic "Promesa" in Piste.
The Wehmeyers have three children: Valerie, Kristen and David.
Don - April 16
Martha - November 2
Valerie - December 15
Kristen - April 20
David - March 25
We belong to Graystone Presby. Church in Indiana, Pa We have been going to Merida for past 5-6 yrs. we stay at the hotel Carribe which is so close to everything in town. There is so much beautiful culture there and love the people. We are so happy you are coming and are looking forward to meeting you and listening to you preach in April. Thank you for being our mission partners in Mexico. Rosalinda y Bill Simpson