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Florida missionary commissioned at GC

Florida missionary commissioned at GC

Bishop Hope Morgan Ward commissions missionaries during the May 19 worship service at the United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore. Photo by Maile Bradfield, UMNS.

Mike Zdorow
PORTLAND, OR -- Mike Zdorow of the Florida Conference was commissioned as a United Methodist Church missionary in the Service of Commissioning during General Conference on Thursday, May 19.
Zdorow is placed as pastor at the Moscow Protestant Chaplaincy, Russia. He is pursuing ordination as an elder in the Florida Conference. He visited and made presentations about his work for Conference audiences earlier this year.

His journey to Russa completes a generational "full circle," beginning with his Ukrainian grandmother who was a prisoner of war of Nazi Germany, with the family migrating to Germany to Venezula to the US.

He says he has always felt an affiliation with refugees and marginalized person, and during his time in Florida he was attracted to the diversity of the Southeast District's missions committee.

"This fulfills my desire to equip leaders, is close to my heart for marginalized people and allows me to be close to some of my family roots in Russia," Zdorow said. He has relatives in Moscow who were left behind during World War II.

He moved to Russia in 2015 and will return after General Conference and visits with colleagues in Florida.