Shirley Thorpe of Millersburg, OH, is a part-time secretary at the United Methodist Church and is involved in lay-speaking at the district level in the UM Church. She served with her husband Ray Thorpe, as a missionary in Africa for 30 years and during that time taught at the University of South Africa in Pretoria for 10 years. Their three children and three grandchildren also live in the Millersburg area.