Hi, I’m Jordan.
I was born and raised in the Appalachian mountains of East Tennessee.
In 2016, I graduated from Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York with an M.Div and was ordained into a validated ministry as a Founding Worship Leader of Neighborhood Esperanza, a 1001 Worshipping Community of the PC(USA), and as Executive Director and Minister of the Urban Outreach Center at Jan Hus Presbyterian Church on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.
The UOCNYC is a human services nonprofit that serves the material and spiritual needs of nearly 30,000 food- and housing-insecure New Yorkers each year.
I believe that our life together as the Church must be about prayerfully finding the place where the good news of Jesus sparks the cares, concerns, and preoccupations of modern life.
I am passionate about relational practices of pastoral care, as well as preaching and teaching a Reformed theological lens on the Bible and our world, bringing together diverse groups of folks in meaningful community as a vehicle to work with God toward a vision of justice for all people and to transform lives in the love of Jesus Christ.
I’m also interested in technology and human-centered design in the church and nonprofit worlds, as well as faith-based activism for social justice, particularly organizing around issues of hunger and homelessness.
When I’m not doing churchy things, I love hanging out with my fiancé, Mary, exploring mountains, Tennessee Volunteers football, jazz guitar, tacos, slowly catching up on issues of the New Yorker, even more slowly reading my way through all of Karl Barth’s Church Dogmatics, an occasional bourbon, and scheduling the next time I can take a nap.
You can pretty much always find me on Twitter @JordanTarwater.