Barbara was appointed in January 2004 to serve in Malawi. A specialist in internal medicine and pediatrics, Barbara is assigned to serve as a physician at Nkhoma Hospital, an institution of the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian, Nkhoma Synod.
This isn’t Barbara’s first appointment to serve as a physician in Africa. She was a mission co-worker in the Democratic Republic of Congo (then known as Zaire) from 1989 to 1993. “Soon after becoming a Christian,” Barbara writes, “I felt God calling me to mission. It’s both an expression of my faith in Christ’s salvation and an expression of God’s love for all. I feel privileged to be a Presbyterian because of the church’s rich heritage of mission and also because of the many missionaries I have known who have nurtured and inspired me in my faith.”
Barbara holds an M.D. from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, and a Bachelor of Science from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She also has a degree in tropical medicine from the Prince Leopold School of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp, Belgium.
Prior to her appointment to Malawi, Barbara worked in family practice in Glen Alpine, North Carolina (1995 to 2003), and at Cannon Memorial Hospital in Banner Elk, North Carolina. She served in Tuba City, Arizona, and Rosebud, South Dakota, from 1986 to 1989 as a physician with the Indian Health Service.
Barbara is a member of First Presbyterian Church, Morganton, North Carolina, where she is active in the children’s choir. She serves as a volunteer physician at the Good Samaritan Clinic in Morganton. She was ordained to the office of elder in 1994 by Arbor Dale Presbyterian Church in Banner Elk, North Carolina.
Barbara is accompanied in Malawi by her three daughters, Melia, Anna, and Happiness.