The Many Faces of Urban Christian Ministries

Rev. Cleveland P. Howell

Rev. Cleveland P. Howell

 Chairman Board of Directors

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.

Rev. William Coplin

Rev. William Coplin

Assistant Director

In 2012 under the leadership of Rev. William Coplin and the direction of the Spirit of GOD, BWAP (Brothers With A Purpose) was established. BWAP is a mentoring ministry designed to reach, change and challenge the lives of tough young men who live in the city of Buffalo. These Young men range from the ages of 8 – 25 years old who live with no hope, no vision or future, who are drug dealers, gang members, etc.

These young men started as children 8 – 16 years old. Many of our younger children look up to them as role models, big brothers, and in some cases FAMILY! It became apparent that in order to save this generation, we HAD to reach our young men. GOD IS OUR ONLY HOPE! BWAP consists of dinner and Bible studies, mentoring, basketball, missions, service projects, local church services, Grill And A Prayer, and much more.

BWAP Mentors:
Eddie Lewis    Stephon Boston    Anthony Herrera    Aaron Robinson   Michael Aina

Anthony Herrera

Anthony Herrera

BWAP Assistant Director

 Bio coming soon

 

 

Kathy Jefferys

Kathy Jefferys

Acting Executive Director/Board Treasurer

It has been an honor to serve the LORD at Urban Christian Ministries for the majority of my adult life. I started as a volunteer in the afterschool tutoring program in the old Ellicott Mall housing project. While my children were young I volunteered my time with the ministry in a variety of areas helping with federal fund distributions (remember the blocks of cheddar cheese) and working in the Thrift Store at 1241 Main Street. In 1989, I was hired as the secretary.

When the ministry moved to our current location on Jefferson Avenue, I was promoted to the prestigious position of Office Manager and served in this capacity until 2012 when I “retired” from full time paid staff. At that point, I was elected to the board of directors where I now serve as the Acting Executive Director and treasurer of UCM.

Nicole Shearer

Nicole Shearer

Hello my name is Nikki. I am 33 years old and I am the Office Administrator at UCM. So many people think that office jobs are just handling mountains of paperwork and answering phones. While those are the essential job functions, it is deeper than that, especially in a non profit setting.   UCM is here to assist, to love, and to be compassionate just as Jesus would.  So many times I receive phone calls inquiring about food or clothing, and in the midst of answering questions, often times the individual will open up about their struggles. It is my favorite part of this job. While I enjoy data entry and spreadsheets because I’m a computer nerd, at my core, I appreciate that God has equipped me in different ways to make a difference whether it is being a listening ear, fulfilling the need ourselves, or providing a referral. 

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