- New Coordinator for Ministries with Youth and Young Adults
We are excited to share that Alexis Tardy will be joining us as Coordinator for Ministries with Youth and Young Adults. Prior to joining DHM, Alexis served as an organizing associate with the Children’s Defense Fund where she managed and oversaw the development of several faith-based programs, including their Samuel Dewitt Proctor Institute for Child Advocacy Ministry. Before her time at CDF, she worked as a lead organizer with EmpowerED Families, in Indianapolis, to promote advocacy for parents and children, while supporting increased student achievement. She is a Masters of Divinity graduate of Eden Theological Seminary and a current Doctorate of Ministry candidate at Memphis Theological Seminary, where her project focuses on womanist preaching.
In this role, Minister Tardy will have the primary responsibility for coordinating DHM’s engagement in the areas of ministry with youth and young adults. This will be a collaborative position that works with other ministries within DHM, congregations, regions, and general ministries of the wider church, to help facilitate and promote faithful and creative leadership development with youth and young adults. Duties will include:
- Produce, curate, and distribute programming that provides educational and faith formation content for youth and young adults. This will include a series of youth events in the coming months in designated regions across the church.
- Oversee the coordination and promotion of opportunities for youth and young adults to engage in advocacy and justice work. This would be done in collaboration our new Director for Justice and Advocacy Ministries, since many youth and young adults have a natural passion for justice work.
- Encourage and support networking and peer-to-peer learning amongst persons working with youth and young adults in congregations, regions, and general ministries across the wider church. This will also involve supporting the ongoing work of the Young Adult Commission and General Youth Council, and holding listening sessions to learn and strategize how DHM can support vital ministries with youth and young adults.
DHM continues to be transformed to prioritize mission, advocacy, and programs. Alexis will be a critical part of our moving forward in better serving and resourcing the wider church. The initial six-month contract period for this position will begin July 1, 2023, as it will give us a chance to assess how this work will continue to be a strategic and sustainable part of DHM’s mission and ministries going forward. Alexis will certainly be part of DHM’s exciting presence at General Assembly.