New Wilmington Mission Conference

NWMC 2021

Called to One Hope - Ephesians 4:4-6

Schedule Information

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  • NWMC will begin with dinner on Friday (July 16) and conclude with Evening Meeting on Monday night. (July 19)
  • We will only be able to accommodate day – participation.  Lodging should be arranged on your own.  A block of rooms has been arranged at local hotels. Click Here for details
  • Meals will be provided on campus.  Details about how to reserve meals will be forthcoming.



Uchenna D. Anyanwu, PhD.

  Uchenna is a Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary alum who served cross-culturally with his spouse, Dolapo, in West and North Africa, loving Muslims and respectfully inviting them to follow Jesus. Until recently, he served as the Interim Director of Missions at First Presbyterian Church, Winston-Salem, NC, where he currently volunteers as well as with Frontier Fellowship as a mission specialist. Uchenna and Dolapo currently reside in Winston-Salem, NC, and they have two young adult sons. Uchenna is an ordained minister in the Anglican Church.

Richard L. Haney

Richard grew up in North Carolina and attended UNC Chapel Hill for undergraduate studies in religion. After receiving his M.Div degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in 1979, he has served as New Church Developer, Pastor, Interim Pastor, and Associate Pastor in numerous Richmond area churches. Always called to mission, Richard has led numerous short term mission teams since 1982 to countries in Latin America, Africa, and Asia. Richard studied at the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies and received his PhD in missiology from Middlesex University, London, in 2014. Richard has served since 2014 as Executive Director of Frontier Fellowship, working to mobilize North American churches for frontier mission engagement to bring the Good News to least reached people groups in Asia and Africa. He teaches Doctor of Ministry students as adjunct faculty in Global Christianity at Gordon-Conwell. He regularly teaches history and bible lessons in the Perspectives Missions course. Richard currently lives with his wife Pam in Richmond, Virginia; they have three daughters and 9 grandchildren. He enjoys reading, listening to jazz, fly-fishing and gardening. 

Sara Pottschmidt Lisherness

Sunday Morning

Sara Pottschmidt Lisherness is the Director of the Compassion, Peace and Justice
Ministry area of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) This ministry area includes poverty
and hunger alleviation, disaster response, development, peacemaking, faith-based
investing and corporate engagement, social witness policy formation and public policy
advocacy at the United Nations and in Washington D.C.

She also currently serves as the Interim Director for Presbyterian World Mission. World
Mission engages in ministry with global partners in over 80 countries through shared
commitments to God’s mission in education, community health and development,
evangelism, accompaniment and peacebuilding.

She has been a keynote speaker at national and international conferences and has also led
workshops and seminars on a variety justice issues with a special focus on conflict
transformation and peacebuilding.

Ms. Lisherness graduated from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio and attended San
Francisco Theological Seminary in Southern California. She is married and the mother of
3 childern. In her free time she enjoys hiking in the park with her dogs, working in her
garden, reading and cooking for family and friends.

Alex Solorio

High School/Middle School Speaker

Alex Solorio is a Director of University Ministries at First Presbyterian Church in San Antonio Texas. Alex arrived in San Antonio in 2015 to serve young adults in their formative years. He is originally from Houston Texas, where he graduated from Houston Baptist University with a Bachelors in Christian Studies and a Masters in Theological Studies. Being the Son of Alejandro and Olga Solorio, Alex has two other siblings that are also in full-time ministry. His older sister, Sonya Solorio Milbrodt, is a missionary in Thailand along with her Husband Jeremy Milbrodt with Living Word Ministries. His younger brother, Eric Solorio, is the Director of Youth Ministries at Christ Church Sugarland.

As he has served in college ministry, Alex has a vision of collaboration in mission and has volunteered for various on campus ministries at both Trinity University and University of the Incarnate Word. These ministries include Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, Young Life, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Though Alex’s job description is focused on college ministry, he has always had a deep passion for both local and global missions. Alex has work alongside Living Water International, going to Guatemala and Nicaragua, The Yucitan Peninsula Mission, and LXP South Africa. Locally, Alex participates and partners with The Porch East Side outreach, SA Heals, and Young Life East Side.

Alex recently completed his ordination process through ECO and will be ordained and installed as an Assistant Pastor August 2021.

Dr. Dana Robert

Saturday Evening Meeting Speaker

Dr. Robert is Truman Collins Professor of World Christianity and History of Mission, and Director of the Center for Global Christianity and Mission. Her research and teaching interests span mission history, World Christianity, and mission theology. An Editor of the journal Church History, during 2016-17 she was a Henry Luce III Fellow in Theology, and Senior Research Fellow at the Leibniz Institute of European History in Mainz, Germany. She is a Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2017, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Missiology. Her books include Faithful Friendships: Embracing Diversity in Christian Community (2019); African Christian Biography: Stories, Lives, and Challenges (2018); Joy to the World!: Mission in the Age of Global Christianity (2010); Christian Mission: How Christianity Became a World Religion (2009, now in its twelfth printing); Converting Colonialism: Visions and Realities in Mission History, 1706-1914 (2008); Christianity: A Social and Cultural History (co-author, 1997), and the now classic American Women in Mission: A Social History of Their Thought and Practice (1997). She is on the Editorial Committee for the award-winning digital humanities project Dictionary of African Christian Biography ( and the Journal of African Christian Biography. An active lay United Methodist, in 2019 she spoke at the 150th anniversary of the United Methodist Women. In addition to STH, she is a faculty member in African Studies and the Graduate Division of Religious Studies. Robert received her BA from Louisiana State University and her MA, MPhil, and PhD from Yale University.

Worship Leader

Matthew Montgomery

Worship Leader

Matthew David Montgomery is a musician and recording artist who works to serve the church by writing original songs informed by reformed theology and by equipping congregations to sing Scripture. His latest project, “Psalms for Singing” is available on all music platforms. 

Matthew and his wife currently reside in Nashville, TN.