The Rev. Donald E. Edwards, a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church, is serving as a Church and Community Worker with the Shalom Zone: Grace Ministries in Roanoke, Virginia.
Shalom Zone: Grace Ministries is a project of the Roanoke District of the church. It helps disadvantaged residents grow beyond their current circumstances in a city challenged by poverty, crime, and inadequate education; it holds that all citizens deserve a safe environment in which to live and raise their children and grandchildren. Shalom Zone: Grace Ministries is a place where people of all ages can seek resources to cultivate skills, participate in healthy activities, and find encouragement for life's opportunities.
Through the cooperation of the people of Roanoke, the project helps the community pool its strengths in revitalization efforts. It addresses social justice and spiritual issues--including housing, work, education, and hopelessness--by fostering an interdependent community.
"All people are of worth and have skills," Don says. "God has given us abundance. As people of faith we have the resources to change our world both spiritually and physically."
Born in Mt. Kisco, New York, Don earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from Eastern College, St. Davids, Pennsylvania, and his Master of Divinity from Drew Theological Seminary, Madison, New Jersey. Ordained in the Southern New Jersey Annual Conference, he transferred his clergy orders to the Eastern Pennsylvania Annual Conference and served in various churches there for almost 20 years. He received his doctorate of jurisprudence in Law from Seton Hall in 1996 and was once in private law practice. Don has also served as an adjunct philosophy teacher.
Central United Methodist Church in Linwood, New Jersey is Don's home church. He is the parent of one adult daughter, Kelly, who was graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2011 with a major in Japanese and Asian studies, and a minor in German.
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