Farris and Thelma Goodrum

Farris and Thelma Goodrum

Farris and Thelma are mission co-workers serving in the city of Vitória, which is the island capital city of the southeastern Brazilian state of Espírito Santo. Farris was commissioned to mission service in 1982 and Thelma in 1989.

Farris and Thelma were assigned as professors at the Center of Theological Formation Richard Shaull and at its extension in Colatina, Espírito Santo. The Center of Theological Formation is the seminary of the United Presbyterian Church of Brazil, and Richard Shaull was a Presbyterian missionary much admired by the “UPC.” Thelma also works in the business office of the denomination, and Farris has been assigned to be available in the areas of Christian education and music in the nine churches of the Presbytery of Vitória.

Farris was born and grew up in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the son of Garland and Eleanor Goodrum, missionaries appointed by the former Presbyterian Church of the United States. He earned his bachelor’s degree in music from the State University of West Georgia in Carrollton, Georgia, and holds a graduate degree in Christian education from the Presbyterian School of Christian Education in Richmond, Virginia as well as a graduate degree in music from Georgia State University in Atlanta.

Thelma, a native of Brazil, received her undergraduate degree in pedagogy with a major in literature from the University of Guarujá, São Paulo. She earned a certificate in data entry from the J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College in Richmond, Virginia, and graduated in 2007 with a degree in theology from the Independent Presbyterian Seminary in Londrina. Farris and Thelma are members of North Avenue Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, Georgia.

Read letters from Farris and Thelma Goodrum

(Subscribe to Farris and Thelma Goodrum’s letters)

See archived letters>>

 Website:  http://www.presbyterianmission.org/ministries/missionconnections/goodrum-farris-and-thelma/

Write to Farris Goodrum
Write to Thelma Goodrum