Sometimes the Best Things Aren’t Planned
Jordan Rice and his wife, Jessica, will be starting a church in Harlem.
Jordan Rice and his wife, Jessica, will be starting a church in Harlem.

By Jennifer Johnson

“We didn’t set out to recruit three African-American church planters for our 2014 plants,” says Brent Storms, president of the Orchard Group, a church planting organization based in New York City. “Our goal is always to find the very best young leaders, and Watson, Jordan, and Derrick were simply the right people.”

Watson Jones will plant in the Germantown section of Philadelphia, an area rich in history and diversity, but with little church attendance and a growing Islamic community. Jordan Rice, currently a leadership resident at Forefront Church in Manhattan, will start a church in Harlem, once a dynamic African-American area that’s also home to large Asian and Hispanic communities. Derrick Puckett will launch a church on the west side of Chicago; Orchard Group reports that two recent studies ranked Chicago as one of the top three North American cities for racial segregation and income disparity, and Derrick hopes the new church will bring people together across neighborhoods and backgrounds.

Derrick and Kaley Puckett will be launching a church on the west side of Chicago.
Derrick and Kaley Puckett will be launching a church on the west side of Chicago.

“The Restoration Movement is guided by the example of the first-century church, which was often multiethnic and based in cities,” says Storms. “Each of these leaders will develop churches that really fit their communities and bring people to Christ. These are exciting partnerships—we didn’t try to orchestrate them, but we’re glad God did.”

Learn more about each of these church plants at www.orchardgroup.org/churches.

 

 

Watson and Kelli Jones will be planting a church in the Germantown section of Philadelphia.
Watson and Kelli Jones will be planting a church in the Germantown section of Philadelphia.

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  1. December 4, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    As minister to an all people’s Christian church in the high crime area of Southern New Mexico and with a son-in-law from Colombia, one from Guatemala and one from Mexico, I am excited about Orchard Group stepping out and opening our doors to our world class Christians. In 1949 I visited The All People’s Christian Church in Watts, LA area, and it just looked right to me. In 62 years of ministry, this church was always my goal, and greatest challenge. Thank you Orchard Group for stepping into the deep water with those of us who truly believe in the Holy Universal Christian Church.

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