Anna Sherod grew up as a missionary kid in Higashikurume, Tsuchiura, Shimodate, and Mito, Japan. She identifies as a “Third Culture Kid” with an ever changing conception of the word “home.” She attended Pepperdine University, where she majored in International Studies, and earned a certificate in conflict management through Pepperdine’s Strauss Institute for Dispute Resolution.
Anna developed a “hardcore” addiction to volunteer work and volunteer coordination while leading a student program through the Pepperdine Volunteer Center, tutoring homeless students at the nonprofit School on Wheels in downtown LA’s “Skid Row.” In 2012, she served as a volunteer in Kesennuma, Japan, a town was decimated by an earthquake and tsunami, through WELS Christian Aid and Relief.
After graduating from Pepperdine, she lived and worked in Romania, where on a Fulbright scholarship grant through the US State Department, she taught university classes in Constanta and Bucharest on intercultural communication, ethics, and American history, while advocating for “one to one” mentoring models to be adapted for use in abandoned children’s homes in Bucharest. She relocated from Bucharest to the White Mountain Apache reservation during the summer of 2014 to work for Kingdom Workers as their program coordinator on the White Mountain and San Carlos Apache reservations. If she ever learns Apache, it would be her 6th language.
It’s rare to find me without… a plan
To get to know me you’d have to… travel with me
When I was five years old I wanted to be… a nurse or an artist
Another Ministry/NPO I love is… Good Shepherd Bible Camp, Homeboy Industries
When I’m not “Working Together to Share the Gospel”, I am… cooking up something new
The book on my nightstand is… Empowering Children, by Ravi Jayakaran
My favorite potluck food is… the sugar snap peas off the veggie platter! No hesitation.