TACOMA, WA (August 19, 2013) – Tacoma Community House (TCH) is very pleased to announce that a US-2 missionary, Janjay Innis, has been assigned to the organization as its new social justice coordinator. US-2 missionaries are adults, ages 20-30, who serve two-years in a mission-service program in the United States. Their work, often with the poor, integrates faith and justice as they learn from and walk with communities in their struggles to address systematic injustice and human suffering.
Innis is from Worcester, Massachusetts and is affiliated with the New England Conference, where she is a member of the Quinsigamond United Methodist Church. Innis’s focus during her two-year service is to work with those served at Tacoma Community House, immigrant communities in the Puget Sound, and lead outreach efforts as the organization prepares for impacts Comprehensive Immigration Reform will likely have in neighborhoods and communities.
She comes to TCH with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Education from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She received a Master of Divinity degree with a certificate in Religion and Conflict Transformation from Boston University’s School of Theology earlier this year. Her early life was spent at Camphor Mission School in Buchanan, Liberia, where her father, now Bishop John G. Innis, was principal and pastor. She credits her experience at Camphor as playing a large role in shaping her faith and instilling in her the deep desire to serve people.
Janjay says that, in mission, she hopes she models incarnational living and conveys to all persons that their stories matter. She is “overjoyed to be on staff at Tacoma Community House, where the inherent dignity and worth of uprooted persons are being restored through the building of authentic relationships that continues to bring forth a more loving, equitable, peaceful, and beloved community.”