Dr. Frank Dimmock
The Presbyterian Church and its mission community have identified global poverty as one of three great needs that must be addressed. Poverty, as well as witness and reconciliation, demand responses from Christians. Workshop leader Dr. Frank Dimmock is Catalyst for Poverty for Presbyterian World Mission. He leads and coordinates the combined efforts of people committed to attacking the root causes of global poverty. The initial strategy employed is education: bringing quality education to 1,000,000 children in one year.
Frank Dimmock grew up in North Carolina and earned a BS degree from North Carolina State University in 1977. He has a Master’s degree in Public Health and Tropical Medicine, and completed doctoral work in International Public Health and Epidemiology from Tulane University. He was a mission volunteer, and later a mission specialist in nutrition, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In 1985 Frank was assigned to Lesotho in southern Africa with his wife, Nancy, where he worked as the coordinator of a comprehensive community health program. In 1992 he was assigned to coordinate the health work of Livingstonia Synod in northern Malawi. In 1997 they moved to Lilongwe, Malawi, where Frank expanded the Health Coordination work of the Presbyterian Church and began a new role as Regional Health Consultant for East and Southern Africa. In 2007 the Dimmocks were reassigned to Lesotho to work with the Christian Health Association of Lesotho and continue consulting with partners. Frank has assisted Christian Health Associations throughout Africa and helped form networks of organizations working with vulnerable children. In 2010 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Davidson College.
In March 2013, Frank was appointed as the Global Poverty Alleviation Catalyst for World Mission of the PCUSA. In this position he is connecting U.S. Presbyterians and Global Partners to address the underlying causes of poverty. Initially, the focus will be on improving the quality of education for children. In July of this year (2014) Nancy and the children moved from southern Africa to Louisville to be with Frank, as his job has become more U.S.-centered. Frank travels throughout the U.S. promoting the campaign to provide quality education to one million children globally as a part of the poverty alleviation initiative.
Frank and Nancy have eight children ranging in ages from 9 to 28 years. Six of the children are adopted. They have one grandchild.