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.
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 Hamilton, OH. Soraya is serving in ECLIPSE, a legal community institution that helps individuals and families in the community with immigration issues by assisting with legal information, resources and preparations of cases. Soraya grew up in Colombia, where she married a Methodist pastor, Rev. Edinson de Arco, who pastors a Hispanic congregation in Hamilton, OH. 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.