Kearstin Bailey grew up in the Columbus, Ohio area and graduated from Heidelberg University in Tiffin, Ohio with a focus on political science and religion. She went on to participate in the UCC’s Young Adult Service Communities program and moved to the Boston area to serve with a local church as well as with a conservation non-profit. Following her time there, she followed her call to work with the global church – she jumped off the cliff of her comfort zone and moved to Central Europe.
Kearstin served as a Global Mission Intern (GMI) with the Reformed Church in Hungary for two years. This was an appointment by the Common Global Ministries Board of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the United Church of Christ. Her time in Hungary was spent facilitating international church communications, helping refugees integrate in Hungary, and supporting Roma youth. Her ministry was made possible because of funds provided by the Week of Compassion of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
Kearstin is passionate about many things, but especially human migration and the concept of radical vulnerability – two things that intersected during her time in Budapest, Hungary.
Following her brief speaking tour in the US, Kearstin will move to Northern Greece to take another GMI placement with the Evangelical Church in Greece. While there, she will focus on holistic refugee integration work and community building.
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You can read Shelia Huffman's published article on Kearstin here.