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Kit Evans-Ford (left), one of the Wesleyan Investive Tom Locke Award winners for 2022, started an organization to employ female survivors of sexual violence. Pictured with Evans-Ford are her husband, the Rev. Dwight L. Ford, pastor of Grace City Church in Rock Island, Ill., and their children, Imani and Justice. Photo courtesy of Kit Evans-Ford.

Ministry helping sexual violence survivors honored with award

Kit Evans-Ford, one of the Wesleyan Investive Tom Locke Award winners for 2022, started an organization to employ female survivors of sexual violence.
Church Leadership
The Rev. Charles Yrigoyen Jr. speaks during a meeting of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Historical Society in 1983. Yrigoyen, who served as top staff executive of the United Methodist Commission on Archives and History, died May 9. He was 84. Photo courtesy of Archives and History.

Charles Yrigoyen remembered as pastor and scholar

The Rev. Charles Yrigoyen Jr., a leading United Methodist historian, oversaw the denomination’s Commission on Archives and History for nearly 24 years. He died at age 84.
Faith Stories
Tom Locke is wrapping up nearly 30 years as top leader of the Texas Methodist Foundation. He and wife Cindy (left) plan to divide their time between Georgetown, Texas, where they have lived as he has led Austin-based TMF, and a home they’ve built near Honey Grove, Texas. Photo by Sam Hodges, UM News.

Influencing from the edge

Tom Locke is retiring after nearly 30 years of leading the Texas Methodist Foundation, which under him has grown hugely in assets and become a catalyst for innovative church leadership.
Faith Stories
DeLaris Johnson Risher receives applause during the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Johnson Robinson House on the campus of the Scarritt Bennett Center in Nashville, Tenn. Risher, 92, was one of the first Black women to attend what was then Scarritt College for Christian Workers 70 years ago. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

She ‘dared to stand up for women of color’

In 1952, two Black women quietly integrated Scarritt College for Christian Workers in Nashville, Tennessee — two years before segregation in education was ruled unconstitutional. DeLaris Johnson Risher looks back on those days and her long career as an educator and deaconess.

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