Gwen Pinkerton has served as a missionary with One Mission Society since 1985. She has served in Ecuador (1985-1988), Brazil (1988-1991 and 2003-2011) and at OMS World Headquarters in Indiana (1993-2003). Gwen has worked as a teacher for missionary kids (MKs) both in Ecuador and Brazil, a treasurer for the OMS Brazil and in various positions at the headquarters, including accounting and director of Missionary Services.
Gwen became the director of Missionary Services in August 2000. She helped missionaries on home ministry assignment and new candidates in the funding process. Working as a coach to encourage and prompt to action, Gwen was available to assist in answering many questions. Gwen returned to Brazil in 2003 and has served as the field secretary/treasurer, assistant to the seminary executive director and on various committees. She also has worked with Every Community for Christ, the church multiplication catalyst of OMS.
In Brazil, Gwen served in the Londrina Central Missionary Church, an OMS-related church, where she served as a lay pastor and preached monthly on Wednesday nights, along with several others, and was also involved in other ministries. One of those areas was a course called Basic Truths, which leads nonbelievers to Christ and strengthens new believers in their faith. Gwen has also filled in various other areas as needed, including working in children’s ministry, running the sound and video and serving as receptionist. She worked for six months as the church secretary until the church found someone to fill this part-time position.
Gwen returned to the U.S. in June 2011, where she continues to serve as field treasurer/secretary to the field of Brazil and raise funds to return to serve full time. In August 2013, she added to her stateside responsibility the role of Starfish Kids coordinator, an evangelism and education program in Haiti. After the death of her father in 2017, Gwen remained to the U.S. and continued with the responsibilities of treasurer for Brazil and coordinator of the Starfish Kids program, knowing that if she returned to Brazil it would have been challenging to carry on with the Starfish Kids duties. She has also been available to work more for the financial team at OMS headquarters. Gwen also works with a local church.
Gwen earned degrees in missions and Bible from Kentucky Mountain Bible Institute in 1980 and Penn View Bible Institute in 1983. Before going to Ecuador, she taught in a Christian school in Tacoma, Washington, and at Penn View Bible Institute. As part of her missionary internship at the Bible Institute, Gwen worked in Haiti for three months. She has taught Sunday school, conducted junior church, led singing, helped in vacation Bible schools, and coached for Bible quiz teams. Gwen also ministers to children in missions conferences.