Rev. Estelle David – Sacred Safe Spaces
Rev. David proclaims, “I am a friend of God.” She is an advocate for building beloved communities which embrace mutual respect, diversity, truth, justice, and harmony. She believes the Church is called to use our gifts, strengths, perceptions and complexities to be our best – growing in peace and Glorifying God! For over 50 years, she has worked to help others achieve personal and collective empowerment. The needs of the community have always been a passion of hers and she has worked as a community builder in many sectors; grassroots, public, private and faith-based community corporations. After 14 years as Prison Chaplain at Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women (EMCFW), she retired on December 31, 2015.
Currently Rev. David is working with ABCNJ as an Open Minister for the “Sacred Safe Spaces” Program to effectively equip churches to come alongside women and children who have experienced domestic and sexual violence. In November 2016, she will receive a Domestic Violence Training Certification. Estelle continues to work with the National Prison and Re-Entry Network of the American Baptist Home Mission Societies, recruiting and training churches to become “Stations of Hope” for NJ’s returning citizens.