Reverend Jeffrey Dirrim
An Arizona native and openly gay pastor, Jeffrey began his theological studies at Eden Theological Seminary and eventually transferred to Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA. In 2009 he began a new shoe drive after noticing many of the local LGBTQ youth he worked with wore bad shoes or flip-flops, with some being without any shoes at all. With the help of volunteers on Christmas day, the youth & young adults he worked with received new shoes, underwear, toiletries, socks, and Christmas dinner. And a new ministry was born.
A new church in formation of the United Church of Christ Southwest Conference began as Footsteps Ministries and evolved into Rebel & Divine UCC. Rebel & Divine, through its mission of health and wholeness for the youth & young adults, continues to be unique, experimental, and bold.
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