Pat Miersma

Pat Miersma is a Mental Health Nurse-Ethnic Clinical Specialist. She currently serves as the SIL Global Trauma Healing Consultant for the work of SIL and SIL partners, using materials and workshops she helped develop in Africa for communities traumatized by war and other events.

She and her husband, Harry — who works as a marriage and family therapist — joined Wycliffe in 1980. They served as SIL counselors in Papua New Guinea from 1985 to 1988 and in Africa Area from 1989 to 2003, where they helped establish Tumaini Counseling Centre in Nairobi, Kenya. Tumaini is a joint ministry of SIL and Africa Inland Mission that supports missionaries by providing counseling, consulting and crisis intervention services.

Prior to serving with Wycliffe, the Miersmas served as Reformed Church in America missionaries between 1973 and 1976 with the Majang people of southwest Ethiopia. There they did church planting, discipleship and medical and community-development work. Prior to her current role, Pat was the SIL International Counseling Coordinator from 2008 to 2015. Pat currently serves on the Wycliffe USA Board of Directors. She and Harry have two married daughters, one married son and nine grandchildren.

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