Pastor Jacqueline D. McCall
Jacqueline McCall is the Campus Pastor of St. James- South Church in Kansas City, Mo. She received her Bachelor of Arts in French/ International Business Management from Clark Atlanta University and her Master of Divinity from Duke University. She has also earned five units of Clinical Pastoral Education from Barnes Jewish Hospital and the US Department of Veteran Affairs where she worked as a Chaplain Resident in St. Louis, Mo. with a strong focus on spiritual counseling with those with substance abuse/mental health disorders. Her other fields of focus are trauma, grief, self-care and healing. She identifies herself as a “lifelong learner”.
Pastor McCall has served the church as a curriculum writer, Cole Scholar at the Missouri UMC Conference and guest speaker at various church and secular events. She is a Board member of PACE KC-SWOPE Health and a member of the Professional Advisory Group Clinical Pastoral Education Program for St. Luke’s Health System. She was named Citizen of the Year by the Omicron Chapter of Omega Psi Phi, Kansas.
After over 20 years working with Fortune 500 companies in various areas of financial and client services, she wrestled with the idea that there was more she was supposed to do. After discovering she was ill and winning her battle with Stage 3 breast cancer, she discerned her call to encourage, inspire and empower those (especially Women) in life, with a focus on healing from life’s traumas that alter the human spirit.
Jacqueline’s first self-published book is “Thank G-d for Big Boobs!” This book journals her breast cancer diagnosis and treatment journey and shares lessons learned along the way. She has another pocket book to her credit that she wrote with her husband Randy entitled “23 Lists Book for Couples: Ideas to Spice Up Your Life”.
When asked about her philosophy on life and issues of race relations, Jacqueline said:
“I believe that the philosopher Epictetus is correct, ‘Only the educated are free’. Ignorance and the lack of knowledge can do harm to self and to others. Once the harm is done and identified, the healing process begins, if healing is the chosen path. My ministry is to help the brokenhearted to heal. I am called to ‘speak to the heart and illustrate with words how trees blossom after they fall’. Dealing with issues of race is no different. One must accept their own faults and the faults of others, wrestle with the discomfort, dismantle moldy ideologies and theologies. We do these things to work on growing stronger roots that stretch our limbs towards The Son, appreciating the beauty of our differences.”
Pastor Cheryl Jefferson Bell
Cheryl Jefferson Bell is an ordained Elder in the Great Plains Conference of the United Methodist Church. Her home conference was Kansas West. An Electrical Engineer for 10 years, she received her calling to fulltime ministry in 1990 while serving as an active member of Saint Mark UMC, Wichita, Kansas.
Pastor Bell is the 4th generation of her family to be part of the UMC. Her calling follows in the footsteps of her great-great grandfather, William J. White, Baptist minister in Augusta, Georgia, founder of several churches, as well as co-founder of Augusta Institute which became Morehouse College and Henry M. White, great grandfather, founder of several Methodist Episcopal churches in and around Atlanta, Georgia. She also has 3 uncles who served as Tuskegee Airmen. Still with us is Alexander Jefferson, 98, older brother of her father, Clarence Jefferson, who both currently reside in Detroit, Michigan.
Cheryl received her Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics at Spelman College, Atlanta; Bachelor of Electrical Engineering at Georgia Tech, Atlanta); and Master of Divinity at Phillips Graduate Seminary, in Enid, OK.
Cheryl has served as either the first African American and/or female in her Kansas appointments as associate pastor at St. Mark UMC, Wichita; Pastor of Pretty Prairie and Murdock UMCs; Executive Minister of United Methodist Urban Ministry (now United Methodist Open Door), Wichita; 8 years as a District Superintendent; and Senior Pastor of Trinity Heights UMC, Newton.
She was Appointed as an Associate Pastor at United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in 2012 and she served 8 years in Congregational Care. She is currently serving as COR’s Pastor of Community Justice. Cheryl has served as a General/Jurisdictional Delegate in 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016, 2019 and 2020 (which has been postponed until).
Cheryl is the proud mother of an adopted sibling group of 4 – Lisa (Jason); Keira (James); Creighton and Victoria and grandmother of 9 grandchildren – Sheyena, Jaylen, Michael, Elijah, Ashton, Amari, Noelle, Brittany and William.
When asked about her approach to life and her ministry, Cheryl said:
“God’s requirement of us as shared by the Prophet Micah (6.8) says it all: Do Justice, Love Kindness and Walk Humbly with our God! This is how we are to be living our lives. The opportunity to serve as The Pastor of Community Justice, and specifically working with and on behalf of Allies for Racial Justice, is an opportunity to live out this mandate by God. We have and will continue, I believe, to bear much fruit from this partnership. I’m blessed to be part of this team!”