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map-unitedkingdomThe Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) supports efforts for renewal, justice and ecumenical cooperation in the United Kingdom through partner churches and organizations like the Church of Scotland, https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/  the United Reformed Church https://urc.org.uk/ and Corrymeela https://www.corrymeela.org/ The United Kingdom is also an international site for the PC(USA) Young Adult Volunteer program, where YAVs serve through the Church of Scotland.

Presbyterianism in North America traces its roots back to migration from Scotland and the north of Ireland. Today, the Church of Scotland seeks to witness to the gospel amidst a growing secular, and increasingly multicultural and multi-faith society. Although now a minority body, it still has an important role in local communities, in relating to other civic institutions, and in speaking out on issues of justice, peace, and the integrity of creation. There is a huge diversity of expression of church, in creative centers of urban ministry and worship renewal, remote islands, rural historic buildings used as stopping off points for pilgrims, community hubs in areas of deprivation, chaplaincy to prisons, schools, hospitals and workplaces. As an historic and missionary church, with a global outlook, the Church of Scotland continues to share in Christ’s call for unity through engagement with local and international ecumenical bodies, as well as sustaining vibrant, prayerful and mutually supportive connections with many churches around the world, mainly within the Reformed tradition, but also beyond.

In England and Wales churches also wrestle with declining membership and ministerial shortages as they minister in increasingly secular, multiracial and multi-faith contexts. Reimagining their witness in society, confronting racism and the widening gap between rich and poor are three of many issues that churches in the United Kingdom and the United States share and may usefully learn about from one another.  Churches in the UK, like the United Reformed Church, are especially experienced in supporting the witness of small churches, where churches of less than 20 members are not uncommon and in many places are supporting vibrant community ministries.  The United Reformed Church, with its global partners, is also actively engaged in working through the legacies of slavery, as part of its commitment to explore and practice anti-Imperial models of Christian life and witness.

In Northern Ireland, the PC(USA) continues to journey with Corrymeela in its reconciliation and community building efforts, working through the legacies of conflict and sectarianism that still haunt and threaten to trouble Northern Irish society.

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)