Reverend Janyce Jackson Jones

Director
Reverend Janyce Jackson Jones

In 2016, my spouse and I moved to the Wilmington area to enjoy our retirement, in the sun and on the beach. The responsibilities of Executive Director of the Newark LGBTQ Community Center, and Co-Pastor of Unity Fellowship Church NewArk, or the number of Boards I served on, were over and I looked forward to a “life of leisure.”

That statement “life of leisure” was a joke to my friends and colleagues who know me, because as they predicted, once I was refreshed and renewed, I would be ready to be active, and serve again. As an African American Lesbian, the intersectional work for justice and equality spans wide, and I cannot stand still. I have never been able to just sit and watch, and my innate desire to work for, and with people that share some of my social and political ideas and concerns, drives me to look for ways to get involved. I don’t want to be involved in politics per se, but as Audre Lorde said, “The personal is political!”

My personal passion is building diverse relationships, and I look forward to working with the Frank Harr Foundation as we build more community relationships, and work toward inclusion of all LGBTQIA identified folks particularly in our community.