Alan and Ellen Smith: Missionaries to Russia
Alan and Ellen Smith were appointed in 2001 to serve in Russia as coordinators of a program started by the PC(USA) to match interested congregations in the United States with congregations in Russia and Belarus for both supporting missions and building deeper spiritual connections. In addition to this service, Al teaches math at a Christian academy in Moscow. Ellen also works with the Russian and Belarusian Round Tables, church structures dedicated to numerous ministries with a special focus on fighting drug abuse and HIV /AIDS. The Smiths became involved in this "twinning" program from their home congregation in Fayetteville, NC beginning in 1999. These congregational partnerships address many problems in Russia from alcoholism, drug addiction, HIV/AIDS, poverty, family disruption, poor health and lack of educational opportunity. The impact on children is particularly overwhelming. Ellen's background is in education-she taught middle school reading and social studies in Cumberland County. Al practiced law in Fayetteville prior to moving to Russia. They both are ordained to the ministries of elder and deacon and are members of McPherson Presbyterian Church in Fayetteville, NC. They have three children, one of whom is in college in the United States and two who live with them in Russia.
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