The Rev. Paul Jeffrey is a United Methodist missionary who writes about the work of the church around the world as senior correspondent for Response, the magazine of United Methodist Women. Paul also provides coverage of emergencies for the ACT Alliance, a Geneva-based global alliance of churches responding to disasters and the long-term challenges of poverty.
After living in Central America for 20 years, Paul and his family moved to the Pacific Northwest in 2004, but his writing continues to focus on similar themes, including how Christians and Christian communities struggle for justice and peace in the midst of repression, violence, and rapid economic and social change.
Paul's photos have appeared in countless church and ecumenical publications, as well as in newspapers such as the Washington Post, Boston Globe, Wall Street Journal, Toronto Globe and Mail, and The Guardian. Magazines such as Sierra, National Geographic Explorer and Time have featured his images. Paul’s photos have also been used by organizations ranging from the World Bank, World Health Organization and UNESCO to the UN Population Fund, World Meteorological Organization, the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and the Women in War Program of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative. A book with his photos from the Darfur region of Sudan, Where Mercy Fails, was published in 2009. A 2011 book on Haiti, Rubble Nation, features his images, as does a book on poverty, Food Fight, published in 2015.