As a minister called to urban ministry in Richmond, Virginia, I often feel caught between two worlds. The nice, safe, sterile, plastic, suburban world where the church often feels more like a country club than the hope of the world and the messy, confusing, often frightening world of the inner city where I come face to face with Christ in the least likely of people. I have been working with the homeless since 2004. I have learned more about faith, hope and love from my urban friends than I did in four years of seminary and decades in the pew. In my blog and books, I hope to capture some of the insights that I have gained.
I titled this site “View from the Bridge” because of my unique vantage point as one who sees both sides of our Richmond community. Richmond is divided by the James River but it is also divided by race and economics. Like many people, I spent years on the expressway and never thought about the people under the bridge or tucked away in shelters or public housing projects. I believe if we bridge poverty and prosperity, both worlds will find the healing and hope they desperately need.
I did not start my ministerial career in the inner city; I spent more than ten years serving in the local church. My journey was a progression and in the page titled “The Journey” you will find some of my early writings as I was discerning God’s call on my life. Click here to view.
In 2005, my journey led me to start Embrace Richmond, a faith based non-profit with the vision of uniting the city of Richmond in order to address issues of poverty within the inner city. To learn more about Embrace Richmond, visit www.embracerichmond.org.
The views and opinions represented on this site are solely my personal views and in no way represent the views of Embrace Richmond, our staff, or our board of directors.
To learn more about me visit “Wendy’s Bio Page”.
You can contact Wendy at firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone at 343-5008 x407.