Rev. Nancy Lanman
Posted on Nov 20, 2011
Rev. Nancy Landman is an Ordained Deacon serving Summerfield as the Coordinator of Adult Small Group Ministries, a role designed to mentor new lay leaders and coordinate opportunities for training offered by conference and ecumenical partners. She also assists the Pastor and Lay Leadership in their duties of guiding people to a life in-Christ both within the congregation and in the community.
Nancy’s undergraduate education included studying at the School of International Service of American University, a Methodist-related school, in Washington, DC. She later received her BA in Political Science from the American University of Beirut where she pursued Middle Eastern Studies. In 1996, she graduated from Wesley Seminary, also in Washington, DC, with a Masters of Theological Studies in Christian Social Ethics.
Rev. Nancy has had a life-long interest and passion for ministry building sacred community between people of different cultures and ethnicities. She has served for more than twenty years in the refugee resettlement and immigration legal services ministries of the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), a division of the General Board of Global Ministries. In the early part of her career, she directed the DC Metropolitan Area affiliate of the Church World Service Immigration & Refugee Program of the National Council of Churches.
Nancy came to live in Milwaukee and to the ministry of Summerfield UMC three years ago when she and her recently-retired husband, Charlie, wanted to live near their son, Keith, who lives in Bayview with his wife, Cindy, and their daughter Evelyn May. Nancy and Charlie’s daughter, April, lives in Germany with her husband, Felix, and their four young sons.
Before moving to Milwaukee, Nancy was part of the national staff of UMCOR which established and developed Justice For Our Neighbors (JFON), a national network of church-based, free immigration legal services clinics. She trained lay servant leaders who managed these clinics under the direction of licensed immigration attorneys. This network now includes more than twenty clinics. She developed her first contacts with the UMC of Wisconsin during this time. JFON serves low income refugees and immigrants in critical need of reliable and affordable legal advice about their immigration status, a must in the midst of today’s migration crisis.