Brian & Tara Vinson

The Rev. Brian Vinson, born in Indiana, is an ordained elder of the West Ohio Annual Conference. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in German Language and Literature from Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, and a Master of Divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, KY. He has served appointments in New Knoxville, Millersport, and Wellston, all in Ohio. Tara Vinson is a native of Illinois, and is a member of Hope United Methodist Church, Wellston, OH. A musician by profession, she holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from Northwestern University and a Master of Arts degree in music pedagogy from Ohio State University. She worked as a self-employed violinist for 15 years and was earlier a school orchestra director. Brian and Tara have four young children: Jonathan, Andrew, Lily, and Matthew.


Brian serves as the coordinator of church planting in the Lusake District of Zambia, a part of the South Congo/Zambia Episcopal Area. The church in Zambia is growing rapidly, with the resulting need for new churches and for vital lay and pastoral leadership. Brian takes part in leadership development and coordination of volunteer church construction teams. He also seeks to raise awareness across the church of the United Methodist potential in Zambia and to raise funds to expand its ministries. Tara works with new church developers in the use of volunteers in church construction and helps to train Sunday school and other teachers for growing faith communities.

See the Vinsons' latest mission newsletter here!

How You Can Help

By supporting Brian and Tara, you can provide vital leadership and training for the growing church in Zambia. Like all United Methodist missionaries, Brian and Tara are responsible for raising their own support through covenant relationships with individuals, groups, and congregations. To support the Vinsons, you may contact them directly at bvinson [at], donate online, or send a check to The Advance, 458 Ponce de Leon Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30308, with 'Brian Vinson, #3021958' or 'Tara Vinson, #3021959' in the Memo line.