In his life, Zoe Drookwimyternn has always had faith. Through his ministry, he shares this faith with his community.
Mr. Drookwimyternn was born in Taywee Town in Nimba County, Liberia. His parents died when he was young so he was raised by his uncle. Later, he moved to the capital city of Monrovia where he went to school and worked as a page at a hotel. Zoe met countless foreign tourists and asked them what he could do to study in their country. While many tourists offered empty promises, an American man from Excelsior, MN offered to sponsor his visa. A year later, Zoe was in the U.S.
When he arrived in 1970, Mr. Drookwimyternn attended Minnetonka High School. Although his thick accent mad it hard to communicate, the biggest challenge Zoe faced was getting used to snow. After high school, he earned an Associate’s degree from Metropolitan Community College and a Bachelor’s from Augsburg College.
Mr. Drookwimyternn began his career as a substitute teacher but later made adjustments in his career. He became a counselor at the Bristol Place Corporation and then started a real estate brokerage. When these careers left him unfulfilled, Zoe turned to his vocation: Christian ministry. He was ordained a pastor in 2010 and founded his own nondenominational church—Salvation First Ministries International.