Gulley to speak at Aug. 24 banquet


Rev. James GulleyMT. VERNON – Rev. James Gulley will be the keynote speaker at the Third Annual Living the Adventure Ministries banquet at Mt. Vernon West Salem Trinity UMC on Aug. 24.

The banquet will begin at 5:30 p.m. Prior to the banquet, Gulley will be leading a three-hour mission development presentation, sharing about his experience in Haiti. There is no cost for either the presentation or the banquet, although there will be an opportunity to give to the ministry of Living the Adventure ministries, For more information or to register for either event, please contact Rev. Matt Henson at 618-830-6670 or by emailing
Rev. Gulley is the principal spokesperson on Haiti for the General Board of Global Ministries. A former clergy member of the former Southern Illinois Conference, Gulley was trapped with five colleagues in the lobby of the Hotel Montata in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, when an earthquake struck, killing more than 300,000 and leaving 1.5 million homeless. Two of Gulley’s close colleagues – Rev. Sam Dixon, head of UMCOR, and Rev. Clint Rabb, head of mission volunteers for GBGM, died as a result of earthquake-related injuries. Returning five weeks after the earthquake, Gulley spends about half time in Haiti and half in the United States each month, as UMCOR coordinator for Haiti.
Originally from Southern Illinois, Gulley and his wife Nancy served in Nigeria, West Africa, for 15 years. They were teachers (agriculture, theology, English language, among other subjects, 1971-78) and initiated an agricultural development program as United Methodist missionaries in Northern Nigeria. Later, at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Ibadan, Nigeria, he was a Program Leader for training agricultural researchers and technicians (1989-97). Gulley initiated the Sustainable Agricultural and Rural Development Initiative (SARDI) with the General Board of Global Ministries (1998-2001). He also served as a missionary in Cambodia where he helped initiate the Community Health and Agricultural Development (CHAD) program. Twice while studying in Washington, DC, Gulley worked with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) as an economist (1968-71) and international training specialist (1979-89). He has advanced degrees in agriculture (Southern Illinois University - BSc, MSc), theology (Wesley Theological Seminary - MDiv) and international relations and development (The American University - PhD).
Living the Adventure Ministries seeks to work for the transformation of the world through the awakening of the Church, evangelistic preaching, and Christian people putting their faith into action through mission experiences around the world. It is a Conference Advance Special (#6365) as a youth and young adult ministry.