This article on New Hope’s social justice initiative’s originally aired on NBC and appeared on NBC’s website.

Rev. Chineta Goodjoin turns her ministry into a social justice action network.

 

The Rev. Chineta Goodjoin leads social justice initiatives out of New Hope Presbyterian Church

The Rev. Chineta Goodjoin lost her best friend Rev. Sharonda Singleton in the Charleston shooting. She leads the New Hope Presbyterian Church in Orange which is a multi-cultural congregation. Goodjoin is now a vocal advocate for gun regulation and will host a town hall meeting on gun violence in April.
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The Rev. Chineta Goodjoin lost her best friend in the Charleston shooting. She leads the New Hope Presbyterian Church in Orange which is a multi-cultural congregation. Goodjoin is now a vocal advocate for gun regulation and will host a town hall meeting on gun violence in April.

Reverend Chineta Goodjoin is a new kind of pastor — and she’s shaking up Orange County by turning her ministry at New Hope Presbyterian Church into a social action network.

Reverend Goodjoin and her family experienced racism when she started the church back in 2007 in the city of Orange, where African Americans make up just 2 percent of the population.

“The police were often called on my husband. He would come to the church at night to get music together for choir practice,” she said.

This only made Reverend Goodjoin more determined to make her church a success.

Before long, she’d built her congregation from just 25 to 100. Her multicultural team spread out into the community to speak out against injustice and lend a hand to those in need.

“Insuring the needs of the poor, the hurting, the widows and those who have been victimized — I don’t see how this church can do anything but that,” she said.

Reverend Goodjoin said her passion for helping was inspired by her own experience as a victim of rape when she was in college.

“We must use our brokenness as a springboard for purpose, for growth, for greater wisdom and for making a greater impact in the community,” she said.

To find out more about the social justice action of New Hope, read the rest of this article here: NBC Los Angeles – Presbyterian Church in Orange County Takes Action Against Injustice