Janet Parsons’ life began in the American Midwest but was profoundly changed by an early-years’ experience of teaching in war-torn Southeast Asia.  After completing a Master’s Degree in International Education at Indiana University, she returned twice to Asia.

Then began a decades-long encounter with Africa.  In Botswana, she focused on mid-19th Century missionary life that brought Mary Livingstone out of obscurity in The Livingstones at Kolobeng.  She followed this with an interest in Afrikaner missionary outreach that yielded a study of the little-known partnership between Dutch Reformed and Scots Presbyterian missionaries in the development of Nyasaland-Malawi.

More recently, she has trained in cross-cultural mission in South Africa and worked among the homeless of The Cape.  Following a Master’s in World Mission, she taught in a Christian college in Southwestern Uganda, where she developed an archive at the locus of the East African Revival.  She  also initiated a fire-safety programme, the first in an educational institution in Uganda. 

Her interests include contemporary cross-cultural workers in mission – their contributions, experiences and perspectives.