Rod and Mary have joined the Navigator team in Kenya with a focus on discipling young professionals. They have been married over 30 years and have three children, Jennifer who is a registered dietician and lives in New York, Benjamin who is serving with Campus Crusade for Christ in South Africa, and Sara, a student at Duke University. Rod was on faculty at the University of Arizona, College of Medicine for the last 22 years as a specialist in Infectious Diseases. In addition to teaching medical students and residents he has trained PhD’s and other research scientists in molecular parasitology. Mary is a pediatrician who has experience in public health programs and has written on topics in HIV prevention and Bioethics. She is currently the Director of the Newborn Community Health Project at Kijabe Hospital, where the team is focusing on preventing deaths during the first four weeks of life. Rod is currently teaching clinical medicine and research skills at the medical school in Nairobi.
They spent the 2007-2008 academic year in Kenya while Mary was doing HIV prevention research funded by the US government through a Fulbright Research Award. After that year, God changed their direction and gave them a heart to use their skills in Africa. In January they left their home in Tucson and moved to Nairobi.
Rod and Mary are new to the Navigators but they have been involved with discipleship in Tucson Arizona for many years, working with international students, career age young people, and young married couples. They plan to invest the next season of their lives in Kenya working in medical education, public health, and discipleship. Their verse from Colossians 3:17 identifies how they seek to integrate God’s heart for the lost with his heart for the needy. “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”
Prof. Rodney D & Dr. (Mrs.) Mary B Adam