The Many Faces of Urban Christian Ministries


    Rev. Cleveland P. Howell began his time with Urban Christian Ministries in 1982 as a volunteer and has been a vital part ever since. He worked with and developed youth programs, creating the "Kids of Galilee" youth group as well as expanding and enhancing community outreach.

    Rev. Howell continued serving UCM in several areas, including positions as Youth Director, Summer Camp Director and even as an emergency medical technician. He realized that God  was calling him to full-time service, and in 1995, he became UCM's Assistant Director, ultimately becoming Executive Director in 2005.

    In his evolving role, after serving five years as the operational leader, he was appointed to the Board of Directors in 2010. Rev. Howell was named Chairman of the Board of Directors in 2017, and is currently serving as Interim Executive Director.

  • curtis byrd - children's program coordinator

    Curtis Byrd is the newest member of the UCM Family. He grew up on Buffalo’s East Side, and has returned to serve the community he once called home. Curtis started at UCM as a volunteer. He volunteered in our L.E.G.A.C.Y Afterschool Program, assisting his wife and previous coordinator Summer Byrd in facilitating program. After 8 Months of volunteering, Curtis now serves as the Children’s Ministry Coordinator of our L.E.G.A.C.Y Program. He hosts an after school Bible Study and assists the children with their homework. He wants each child to excel to the best of their abilities.

  • arthur kastner - director of maintenance & "table of grace" coordinator

    Arthur Kastner was born and raised in Galveston, Texas. Arthur is our Director of Maintenance and Table of Grace Coordinator.  He has traveled around and lived in various parts of the country from the age of 16-40. Arthur landed in Buffalo through the City Mission, and became a follower of Christ on May 15, 2011. While at the Buffalo City Mission he graduated the discipleship program in 2012, and remains one of the most successful men to complete that program. He is currently a member of Kenmore Alliance Church. He loves to serve his community and is glad to be a part of the UCM family.  

  • board of directors

    • Rev. Cleveland P. Howell - Chairman/Interim Executive Director
    • Kathy Jefferys - Treasurer & Secretary
    • Daysi Ball
    • Crystal Benjamin
    • Shirelle Jackson
    • Marilyn Law - Member Emeritus
    • Alan McCracken
    • Erin McPhee-Lawson