FTE Mentees 2016-2018
“The Mentoring Grant brings together experienced, gifted leaders who have a history of mentoring to work with talented young adults exploring their purpose and call. These mentors guide and support, cultivating space for young people to consider what their vocational journey holds.” - The Forum for Theological Exploration
Through this grant, WomanPreach! Inc. sponsored five young women with the goal of supporting their individual discernment processes, creating community for them, and training them to mentor others in prophetic preaching.
Min. Jené Ashley Colvin
Minister Jené Ashley Colvin is the current Program Manager for WomanPreach! Inc. She is also the Ministry Coordinator for Christian and Interfaith Engagement in the office of Religious Diversity and Pastoral Care in DePaul University’s Division of Mission and Ministry in Chicago, IL. She severed for over three years as Administrative Coordinator for Community Engagement and Transformation at Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, IL. She holds a Master of Divinity from McCormick Theological Seminary, where she focused her studies on race, gender, and sexuality. Prior to attending seminary, she worked for three years as the Program Coordinator for the Emerging Scholars Interdisciplinary Network (ESIN), running programs for researchers and academicians, and fostering collaborations between scholars and community organizations and churches. Licensed in 2009, Min. Jené Colvin has worked in various ministry contexts including social justice, campus and young adult ministries, supporting women in ministry, drama & theater, community development, and has served as a Program Development Consultant for DePaul University's Protestant Christian Ministry office creating retreats and programs focused on young women and students of the African Diaspora.
REv. Keira dandridge
Rev. Keira Dandridge has been the Program Manager at Midtown Assistance Center (MAC) since March of 2018. She earned a Master of Divinity from The Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) in Atlanta, GA, and focused in theology and ethics. Prior to joining the MAC team, she worked as a Housing Specialist for the United Way FLOW Housing Choice Voucher Program, where she specialized in housing homeless families and persons residing in permanent supportive housing (PSH). Rev. Keira also serves as an ordained minister at Zion Baptist Church in Marietta, GA where she is actively involved with the Community Outreach, Missionary Assistance, and Social Justice ministries. She is passionate about working with vulnerable populations particularly, survivors of domestic violence and children who survived commercial sex trafficking. Rev. Keira has a special interest in complex trauma, poverty, pastoral care and social ethics. Her life motto is, “Justice thrives where there is an abundance of concern, care, and compassion.”
Rev. Annettra Jones
Rev. Annettra Jones is the pastor of Cook Memorial United Methodist Church in Jeffersonville, IN. Appointed in August of 2018, she is the second woman and first African American pastor in its 61 year history. She is a student at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary and is scheduled to graduate December 2018 with a Master of Divinity. A native of Louisville, Kentucky, she preached her first sermon at More Grace Ministries on September 10, 2011. Rev. Jones has had the honor of serving under the leadership of Pastor Cecil Blye Jr. (More Grace Ministries), Pastor Timothy E. Findley, Jr (Kingdom Fellowship Christian Life Center), Rev. Dr. Brian Ebel (Revolution UMC) and her most recent pastor, Rev. Dr. Marion Miller (Wesley UMC).
Annettra loves preaching and sharing the good news of Jesus Christ and is drawn towards ministering to the poor, the unchurched, the addicted, the incarcerated and all who society has counted out. She personally knows that the Good News is able to redeem, deliver, heal and transform lives. Her greatest blessing is being the mother of her 3 beautiful children, Ariah, Ernest and Aryanne. Annettra’s favorite scriptures is Micah 6:8, “And what does the LORD require of you; But to do justly, to love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God?”
Nicole Newman is a proud graduate of Trinity University (Washington DC) with a degree in Political Science. She is an AmeriCorps Vista Alum. Nicole has spent her professional career working at non-profit organizations getting hands-on experience in providing services, building coalitions, coordinating volunteers, working in development and community organizing. She also co-founded a consulting group, called 2 Brown Girls LLC which helps organizations use the tools of community organizing to create more equitable people focused organizations. She trains and facilitates conversations for groups on race, equity and inclusion; community organizing and engagement; organizational planning and visioning. She has developed a curriculum called "5 Tips to Respectfully Engaging Communities" and is a contributing writer to blogs, and online publications.
Min. Candace Simpson
Minister Candace Simpson is a sister, preacher and educator. She is also the site coordinator of the Concord Freedom School, a literacy-based social justice education program for children in Bedford-Stuyvesant. She is a graduate of Trinity College and Union Theological Seminary. Currently, Minister Simpson serves on a team of Faith and Justice Educators for the United Methodist Women and is an associate minister at Concord Baptist Church of Christ. It is Candace's philosophy that Heaven is a Revolution that can happen right here on Earth..