Church & Community Workers are missionaries commissioned by the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church. Church & Community Workers often serve among the poor and marginalized in communities across the U.S.They work to take the Church into the community and bring the community into the Church. For more information on the Church & Community Worker program, visit the CCW page on the Global Ministries website.
is a Church & Community Worker with the Horizon Prison Initiative at Chillicothe Correctional Institution (CCI). The mission of Horizon is to transform prisoners who transform prisons and communities. Richard serves as the Program Coordinator at CCI, supporting and training Horizon inmates who lead programming in the Horizon dormitory and throughout the prison. "Each year God brings more capable Horizon graduates into the field to do the work," Richard says. "It is such a blessing to be present to see God touching the hearts of the least of these, and empowering them to go back and help those who follow them out of the darkness." For more, click here.
Mariellyn Dunlap Grace
is a Church & Community Worker with the Charitable Pharmacy of Central Ohio. The Charitable Pharmacy provides free medications to people who are underinsured and cannot afford their prescriptions. Mariellyn serves as the Patient Services Coordinator, helping patients through the qualification process. "When people must choose between giving their child food and filling a needed prescription, there's not much of a choice there," Mariellyn says. "We want to try to ensure that no parent in Franklin County has to make that decision." For more, click here.
is a Church & Community Worker with OhioHealth in Columbus, OH. She works with the Faith Community Health Connection, focusing on supporting holistic health for all people on the South Side of Columbus, which has unacceptably high rates of infant mortality and chronic illness. Jennifer provides health education, does health counseling, makes referrals, and engages in health advocacy in connection with a range of public and private partners. She had several times felt God urging her toward mission service, but had never pursued it seriously until around 2010: “My nursing experience and faith journey had prepared me to answer God’s call into mission." For more, click here.
is a Church & Community Worker with Community Development for All People in Columbus, OH. She works as an affordable housing specialist, purchasing and rehabbing homes on the South Side of Columbus. These homes are then sold at a reduced cost to low-income buyers. Margaret works with the people who will eventually become the new homeowners, accompanying them to meetings with mortgage companies and home ownership classes. Many of these people have, for the first time, the dream and hope of owning their own home. Margaret also works with volunteers who come to the South Side to work on housing projects. For more, click here.
is a Church & Community Worker with Esperanza Viva ('Living Hope') Community Center, a Hispanic ministry in Mason, OH. Esperanza Viva is a holistic, Christ-centered, transformative ministry focused on spiritual growth, immigrant orientation, empowering women, literacy and education, and counseling. "We are trying to encourage people to lean on God, but we also offer our friendship so they know they have a friend in Christ," Soraya says. Soraya grew up in Colombia, where she married a Methodist pastor, Rev. Edinson de Arco, who pastors the church at Esperanza Viva. For more, click here.
is a Church & Community Worker from the West Ohio Conference to East Brook Mission Barn in New Castle, PA. The Eastbrook Mission Barn is one of six UMCOR Relief Supply Network depots across the United States. It is dedicated to storing relief supplies year-round, as well as to providing a work space for volunteers. For more, click here.