Greater Northwest Bishop Grant Hagiya with INM Field Coordinator Julia Frisbie
and INM Steering Committee Chair Emilie Kroen.

New INM field coordinator to serve as resource for Greater NW
By The Greater Northwest Episcopal Area

Julia Frisbie will serve to promote Imagine No Malaria and support the PNW’s goal to raise $150,000 to help end the malaria epidemic.

United Methodist Churches in The Greater Northwest Episcopal Area have joined forces to answer Bishop Grant Hagiya’s challenge of raising at least $1 million for Imagine No Malaria by 2016. This grassroots campaign will stretch to the far corners of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Alaska.

Last month, Bishop Hagiya welcomed Julia Frisbie as the new Imagine No Malaria field coordinator for the Episcopal Area. Frisbie was born and raised Portland, growing up in the Portland First UMC congregation. After earning her degree in International Relations from Stanford University, she moved to the east coast to work for the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) as a writer specializing in Global Health. Today, she lives in The Dalles, Ore. where her husband, Drew Frisbie, is a United Methodist pastor. Julia still telecommutes for UMCOR, but her primary role is now as a field coordinator for Imagine No Malaria in the Greater Northwest Area. Funding for her 10-month project is provided in part by a grant from the Global Health Initiative of The United Methodist Church.

This year, Julia will resource volunteer teams in each of the Area’s 11 districts. Churches can get involved by participating in conference-wide Imagine No Malaria events, starting a local fundraising initiative, and pledging to the capital campaign.


Visit or like the campaign on Facebook ( for updates. Julia can be reached at and she looks forward to hearing what Greater Northwest Area churches are doing to support Imagine No Malaria.

PNW churches have pledged a tithe of their capital campaign to Imagine No Malaria, and Bishop Hagiya has challenged the Conference to go above and beyond the tithe by $150,000 in their support of this project.
Frisbie will work alongside PNW staff to feature Imagine No Malaria as part of the “We See A New Church” Ministry Fund Drive.

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