Left to right, Robert Wilt, Northwest District Superintendent, Elena Ortiz, pastor of Iglesia Metodista Unida Nuevo Nacimiento, and Yvette Davis, director of Urban and Global Ministry.
The Kim Jefferson Award for effective urban ministry is awarded to two churches: Iglesia Metodista Unida Nuevo Nacimiento, Elena Ortiz, pastor, and Grace United Methodist Church in Philadelphia, Grant Johnson, pastor.
This non-monetary award is presented by the Northeastern Jurisdictional Urban Steering Committee for significant and effective urban ministry. The award is named in honor of the late Reverend Kinmoth “Kim” Jefferson, a member of the Northern New Jersey Annual Conference who served in the Office of Urban Ministry of the General Board of Global Ministries. He was a member of the Field Staff for 7 years and Executive Secretary for 18 years. Kim was a pastor inNewark in the 1960’s and has served on numerous committees in both United Methodist and Interdenominational/ Interfaith Relationships.
Local United Methodist Churches , Metro-Ministries or Cooperative Parishes and their Pastor/Director in each Annual conference within the Northeastern Jurisdiction are eligible for this award.