Gretchen King

Director of Lutheran Malaria Initiative, Lutheran World Relief

Gretchen King is Lutheran World Relief’s Director of Lutheran Malaria Initiative (LMI). She manages and coordinates the Lutheran Malaria Initiative and engages US Lutherans in the global effort to end malaria deaths in Africa by 2015.

Gretchen is a graduate of Columbia College - Chicago in Marketing Communications. She also holds an MSc in Violence, Conflict and Development from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies.

Gretchen’s particular interest lies in several areas, including the ELCA Global Mission, global health, conflict and campaigns. She has a geographical interest in East Africa, with a special focus on Kenya, having spent a year in Nairobi, Kenya as the Communications Coordinator for the Kenya Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Gretchen is the perfect candidate to address adults and youth in groups of 500 or less on topics related to the Lutheran Malaria Initiative and the role that faith-based organizations have in international development.

"During a recent visit to Tanzania I had the opportunity to see the Lutheran Malaria Initiative projects. I visited a rural health clinic that provides health care services to thousands of people. I was amazed to see the medical equipment and medicine that is now available to those “last-mile” communities not only for malaria treatment and prevention, but for also for other basic health care needs."

Blog Posts by Gretchen King

Lutherans Take the Fight Against Malaria to Capitol Hill
“So, now we can just walk into the office?” That’s what Rogath Lewis Mollel of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania (ELCT) said to me as we made our way into the Cannon House Office Building on Capitol Hill. I responded with a surprised “yes.” Rogath was amazed with the amount of access he and the average U.S. citizen have to our elected officials in Washington, DC.
December 11, 2012