Rev. Jeremy Simpson is the new Director of Diversity and Belonging for the Reformed Church in America. As an advocate for multi-ethnic and cross-cultural ministry, he’s lived a life of welcome and hospitality. A lifelong musician and native of Holland, MI, he currently resides in Nashville, TN with his wife Erica, and two children.
He formerly served as Supervisor of Race Relations and Advocacy, overseeing racial ethnic councils, disability concerns, and women’s transformation. In this role, he will lead the office of diversity and belonging forward in helping the church embody it’s vision of celebrating diversity among it’s many members of various identities. This role is a part of the RCA’s new Center for Ministry and Multiplication. Comprised of Church Multiplication, Church Revitalization, Women’s Transformation and Leadership, Diversity and Belonging, and Future Church Innovation. “Our focus is resourcing congregations, and partnering with them in supporting pastors, regional leaders in their ministry work." said Simpson.
As well as helping the church, he's also involved in leading Pursuit Community, a movement based on engaging diverse worship and cross cultural engagement. “Pursuit is intentional about creating space for the voices of women, people of color, and the next generation to find pathways to engaging multicultural community.”
The office of diversity and belonging is excited to continue the work of disability concerns in encouraging the full welcome and belonging of people with disabilities and fostering avenues of accessible and inclusive ministry. “I look forward to our continued work with our sisters and brothers of the CRCNA to provide resources, training and support in the work of dismantling ableism and creating a welcoming space beyond barriers.”
If you'd like to connect with Jeremy, please contact him at: [email protected].