Phil and Monica Carr are global missionaries with the Church of the Nazarene and are currently serving on the Africa Central Field and have been living in Lubumbashi in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Phil serves as the Field Education Coordinator and Clergy Development while Monica is serving as the Field SDMI (Discipleship) Coordinator. Monica has been active in teaching oral Bible storying, has worked in trauma healing, and enjoys ministering to street children through “Under the Bridge Ministry,” which was started by the local church. Phil’s focus is on theological education, leadership development, encouraging and mentoring the leaders of the street children ministry, starting a soccer ministry, and life style evangelism. They are praying for true transformation in this beautiful nation and across the Central Field.
Before serving on the Central Field, the Carrs lived in Senegal, West Field Africa, for five years. While there, Phil served as Coordinator for Education and Clergy Development for the Anglophone countries on the Africa West Field. He served as the director of Nazarene Theological Institute (NTI), Senegal, as administrative assistant to the Field Strategy Coordinator, coordinating statistics across 18 districts, and as the Field Secretary. He made vision trips for starting a new work for the Church in The Gambia. Monica served as the Field Literature Coordinator, in discipleship ministries (SDMI), child sponsorship, and developed content for the field website (awfcon.org). She has written articles for several other Nazarene publications, enjoys teaching, and has a passion to learn and share Bible storying with those from oral cultures.
During their initial assignment, Phil served as the Ministries Coordinator for Ghana on the Africa West Field from 2005 to 2010. He organized Theological Education and taught in three districts. He worked to develop key national leaders to lead the church forward. He also served as the Jesus Film Coordinator for the field. Monica served as Academic Dean and Field Education Coordinator for Nazarene Theological Institute (NTI) which provides pastoral training across the field in multiple countries and languages. She worked with a leadership team to develop, revise, and submit for approval the courses that NTI currently offers. Monica has a Master's degree from California State University Stanislaus. She formerly taught high school and college English. Her experience also includes children's and women's ministries. Phil has a MA in History and a Masters of Divinity.
From September 2010 until August 2013 the Carrs were on extended leave of absence for Phil to complete a Masters of Divinity and be close to aging parents.
The Carr's vision is to make Christ-like disciples, and develop national leaders who are passionate to change their world for Christ. They consider it a great privilege to be called by God to serve in Africa through The Church of the Nazarene. They love their African brothers and sisters and have learned so much from them. They are scheduled to retire as missionaries in January 2022 and desire to continue to serve in ministry and be available to speak on behalf of Nazarene missions after their retirement.
Phil and Monica have three children: Phillip (26 years old), Emily (23 years old) and Sarah (21 years old).
For the Carr family: that we may live holy lives and be effective in the mission that God and the Church are calling us to accomplish.
Wisdom, grace, love, and fruitfulness as the Carr’s work with the Central Africa leadership team.
Rev. Mario Martinez, the new Field Strategy Coordinator for the ACF, and his wife Irma. Pray for wisdom as Rev. Mario guides the ACF and that they will adjust well to this new field.
For the development of education and discipleship across Central Africa in these “challenging days” of opportunity.
For our leaders in West Africa and the ACF and Dr. Dany Gomis, our Africa Regional Director and that we can serve them well.
Wisdom and direction for the leaders of “Under the Bridge Ministry” helping street children and that this ministry will have great impact. We pray that the leaders will be so faithful and spirit led that what they are doing can be reproduced in other areas for the Glory of God.
For those affected by COVID, the recent volcano eruption at Nyiragongo near Goma in eastern DRC, and violence in Northern Mozambique, Northern Sudan and other parts of Africa and that the peace of God may come.
That Phillip, Emily, and Sarah will serve the Lord wholeheartedly.
For Emily and her husband Nick who have just moved to Spokane, WA where Emily will be working as a nurse and Nick will be taking classes and that they will seek God’s will for their future.
For Sarah as a senior at Olivet Nazarene University, that she can manage her busy schedule and keep her focus on the Lord. She is majoring in psychology and is seeking direction for the future. She is engaged to Silas and planning on marriage next summer.