Rebecca grew up in Pittsburgh as a member of the East Liberty Presbyterian Church where her faith was shaped at an early age. It was here, where her parents have been active members for over 40 years, Rebecca began to understand the connection between faith and mission and where she first sensed a call to ministry. As a church youth, she traveled to Malawi and learned to value international ministry, especially mission done in partnership.
After graduation from George Washington University, and McCormick Theological Seminary, she was called to Sunnyside Presbyterian Church in South Bend, Indiana where she served as an associate pastor for ten years. In seminary, she met her husband, Joshua Yoder, also a theology student. Joshua holds a doctorate in New Testament studies from The University of Notre Dame.
Rebecca, Joshua and their son, Owen, served as mission co-workers with Presbyterian World Mission and The Evangelical Theological Seminary in Cairo, Egypt from 2013 - early 2015. While there, Rebecca instructed Masters of Divinity students in theological English, oversaw the development of online courses, offered resources for U.S. supporters and congregations, and hosted visiting groups engaging in mission partnerships.
Rebecca began her ministry with us in July 2015.