Reed, Rod and Sarah - Kenya

Rod and Sarah Reed are global missionaries for the Church of the Nazarene in Kenya. They were appointed in August 2000.

Rod and Sarah both attended Olivet Nazarene University where Sarah graduated with a B.A. in Music Education in 1984.  Rod received a B.A. in Religion in 1984 and an M.A. in Religion in 1986. He then attended Nazarene Theological Seminary and graduated in 1988 with a M. Div. in Religion. Rod received a M. Phil. in Theological Ethics in 1991 and a Ph.D. in Theological Ethics in 1995, both from Drew University.

Rod serves as the Deputy Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs (Academic Dean) of Africa Nazarene University (ANU) in Nairobi Kenya.  Upon arriving in Kenya in January 2001, he was teaching in the Department of Religion at ANU, training church leaders for the Church in Africa.  Soon thereafter he was appointed as the Chair of the Department of Religion which hosts a Masters degrees and two Bachelor degrees presently.  Now, as the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Rod is responsible for the academic affairs for the whole university.  Rod also serves on several boards and committees of the Church of the Nazarene, both regionally and internationally that serve to ensure the quality of the ministerial training offered to the church’s pastors.  Rod has published a book, several articles, presented papers at conferences, and most of all loves his God and his family.  Rod’s vision is to help make ANU the university of choice for those desiring Christ-centered higher education.

Sarah’s role as the Children’s Ministries Coordinator for the Africa East Field (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi) has blossomed and in this capacity she travels across East Africa and beyond helping church leaders develop effective children’s ministries.  She also is serving as the African Region Children’s Sunday School Literature Editor.  Sarah is also developing Children’s Membership Curriculum for the Africa Region.  She also helps coordinate the Africa East Field Hostess Committee and assists in the Field Office.

Sarah and Rod have three daughters: Rebecca will be a senior at Olivet Nazarene University studying Business Communications.  Katie will be sophomore and is a social welfare major at ONU and Hannah will a freshman in high school at West Nairobi School in Nairobi.

Rod and Sarah share their testimony as follows, “God is doing some amazing things in Africa today and we are so blessed to be part of it.  We are honored to work with and teach some of the most wonderful people on this earth.  And yet there are major challenges here that cry out for solutions that only God can provide.  We are honored to be given a chance to be part of God’s solution.  We cannot think of any other way we would rather invest our lives than in what we are doing.”

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  • Catherine Lanelle
  • Hannah G.
  • Rebecca

Home District: Virginia

Home Church: Arlington First

Home Assignment Dates:

Jun 01, 2017 - Aug 31, 2017

Service History:
  • 2015 - Present , Kenya
  • 2013 - 2015 , Kenya
  • 2011 - 2013 , Kenya
  • 2009 - 2011 , Kenya
  • 2007 - 2009 , Kenya
  • 2005 - 2007 , Kenya
  • 2003 - 2003 , Kenya
  • 2003 - 2003 , Kenya
  • 2003 - 2005 , Kenya
  • 2001 - 2002 , Kenya
  • 2000 - 2000 , Kenya