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.

  • MRS. ARLENE R. TATUM - L.E.G.A.C.Y. children's program coordinator

    Arlene Tatum was Born in Brooklyn, New York and raised in New Jersey. She moved to Buffalo, New York in 1989 and married Mr. Michael Tatum. They have been happily married for 28 years. She is the mother of three daughters and 7 grandchildren. Arlene has an A.S. Degree in Ele. Ed. Studies from Villa Maria College and her B.S. Degree in Elementary Ed. from Buffalo State College. She has taught in Buffalo Public and Charter Schools. She has a love for children, people, community, missions, service, and  is extremely happy to be a part of the UCM family. 

  • 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
    • Alan McCracken
    • Erin McPhee-Lawson