Missionary Mary K. Vandersommers from Ohio was created to serve. She was born in a Methodist hospital founded by deaconesses and rooted in Methodism through her mission-minded father. He had attended McCurdy School, a national mission institution related to the General Board of Global Ministries in Espanola, New Mexico.
Like her father, Vandersommers was inspired by those she met who had come from everywhere to serve everywhere. Among these inspiring people was a group of missionaries from West Africa who were on a peacemaking journey to Ireland.
“I kept hearing stories of people connecting,” said Vandersommers. “Later, as I was working with a local community in Ohio, I kept getting more and more nudges to go to seminary. I felt called to be in ministry and community with people.”