ABOUT US

D.C. Unity and Justice Fellowship has a diverse leadership team who are committed to the mission we were founded upon. We meet monthly to fellowship, plan events, pray and discuss current events that reflect the times we live in. If you are interested in joining us. Please send an email to dcunityandjustice@gmail.com

 

STEVE PARK

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Steve Park is the founder and Executive Director of Little Lights Urban Ministries, a DC ministry serving underserved children, youth, and families living in public housing.  He lives in Ward 8 with his wife and two children and is passionate about seeing unity in the Body of Christ.  Fun fact: Steve grew up in Houston and is a die-hard Rockets and Astros fan.  #Fearthebeard #HoustonStrong.

DR. MICHELLE EDWARDS

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Dr. Michelle Edwards is the Executive Director at Live It Learn It, an experiential learning education nonprofit in Washington, DC. She is also a lifelong educator who taught in Chicago Public Schools for many years and served as the principal of Orr Elementary in Washington, DC for almost a decade.  Michelle has served on the board of Live It Learn It for over five years and currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Center for Responsive Schools (Responsive Classroom) Board of Directors. She received a  B.S. in Elementary Education from Northern Illinois University and Master’s degrees from Loyola University Chicago and Trinity University, Washington, DC.  Michelle participated in New Leaders, Inc. as a resident principal during its inaugural year in Washington DC and 10 years later served as the Director of the Emerging Leaders Program.  She earned a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Organizational Management from the University of Pennsylvania. Michelle is a member of the DC Unity and Justice Fellowship in DC.  Her concern for people, especially children of color and those in poverty, has been demonstrated through her career as an educator as well as her membership in Delta Sigma Theta, Inc. and through her recent roles as Director of Missions, Kids’ Ministry and Prayer.  Michelle loves the Lord, her husband, her children, her beagle, Beauty, and people in general.

JIM MELSON

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KATE DENSON

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Kate Denson is on staff with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship as the Washington DC Justice programs director creating service-based education opportunities for college students to engage in biblical justice. She attends Christ City Church where she serves as a small group leader. Kate and her husband JR recently welcomed their first baby Alexander Douglass. She moonlights as a licensed dc tour guide, including one job where she dresses up as Martha Washington.

 

LATOYA ARCHIBALD

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LaToya Archibald is a worship leader at Grace Covenant Church DC. She moved to Washington D.C. to attend Howard University and has spent the last 10 years working in educational equity, environmental justice and development. Fun fact: She saw Black Panther four times in a three-day span. #WakandaForver

 

BRIAN BAAKE

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Brian Bakke works at the Mustard Seed Foundation where he helps churches in key cities with funding for new evangelism and discipleship ministry. A fun fact about Brian is that he sweeps the neighborhood. Last year he collected 17 weapons and more than 2.5 tons of trash. He is also an artist working on a series of lithographs and etchings that depict life in the inner city.

 

TERRANCE MOORE

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Terrance Moore is a Harvard graduate from Louisiana with a passion for the reconciliation of Christ, culture, and community. He is a cultural activist, writer, speaker, and budding social entrepreneur working on impacting the hip-hop industry and broader culture through creative discipleship. Terrance is a member of Anacostia River Church and is connected to the Unity and Justice Fellowship comes through years of involvement in justice work through the Christian Community Development Association. He is a renowned Spades connoisseur and also serves as the Unofficial Chaplain for Popeyes Chicken.

 

NICOLE NOYES

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Nicole Noyes is a member of Anacostia River Church in Southeast DC. She is passionate about bringing the redemption and restoration of the Gospel to bear on issues of racial and economic justice, whether through her work researching federal antipoverty programs or through involvement in her local community and congregation. Fun fact: She is an avid horseback rider and enjoys spending time outside the city and in the barn whenever possible.

 

JOSEPH SHADEL

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Joey attends Christ City Church in Northeast Washington. He moved to the city seven years ago from New Jersey to attend American University and currently works for a tech startup in northern Virginia. He lives with his wife in Ward 6 and is passionate about seeing the church lead the conversation on racial justice, healing, and unity in our city and country. Fun fact: Joey is an Italian food snob and believes the best Marinara recipe lives in his family’s cookbook.

JASMINE TURNER

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Jasmine Turner works in public relations for the local D.C. Government. Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, she came to D.C. to attend Howard University and now spends her free time blogging about her faith and life lessons. After taking the Little Lights Race Literacy class, she decided to dedicate more of her time to racial unity and justice. Fun Fact: Bob’s Burgers is her favorite show, her favorite character is Linda.

 

JESSICA HORWOOD

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Jessica Horwood has lived in the DC area for two years and works in international development, focusing on poverty alleviation through savings groups, microcredit and agriculture. She attends Christ City Church.  Fun fact: She once walked 500 miles across Spain.  And she loves to garden.

 

NAKEESHA ‘KEESHA’ J. CERAN

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Keesha lives in  Bethesda, MD and works in Higher Education. Her church home is Citizen Heights. She once heard in a class that “Politics is personal, and the personal is political.” In that same fashion, diversity, equity & inclusion work is the responsibility of us all and as Christ-Followers I am more compelled to believe we have a greater responsibility in modeling Heaven here on earth. Keesha has traveled quite a bit, spending time in all but 7 of the 50 states. Her favorite Restaurant in DC is Blue44 DC in Northwest DC and her favorite D.C. activity is running along the Potomac out towards Reagan National Airport.

 

SARAH PARSHALL

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Sarah Parshall attends The District Church in Columbia Heights where she serves as a small group leader. She is passionate about restorative justice and works for a restorative justice program at a local school district. Sarah moved to the area eight years ago from the Philippines to attend George Mason University in Fairfax, VA.  Fun Fact: Sarah once dreamed of being a “World Yoyo Champion” and started a city-wide Yoyo craze as an elementary student. She can still perform a few tricks upon request. #yomegaforever

AMY SECREST

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Amy Secrest worships at Christ the King Anglican Church in Alexandria. She teaches English at a public high school in Northern Virginia and also teaches the elective AVID, aimed at supporting students who will be the first in their families to attend a four-year college. She is passionate about encouraging young people to research their history, engage in meaningful and respectful discussions, and advocate for their beliefs. Fun fact: You can catch her sometimes at open-mic night at Busboys and Poets performing her own poetry!

 

NATHALIE RESHARD

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Nathalie Reshard was born in Miami, Florida. A graduate of the University of Alabama and University of Central Florida, Nathalie has spent her career in the sports industry. She played professional basketball overseas in Copenhagen, Denmark and coached all levels of basketball all over the world. For the last two seasons, she has had the privilege to serve as a character coach for the University of Maryland Women’s Basketball program.  She attends Grace Covenant Church DC with Pastor Donnell and Marianne Jones and loves biking around DC.