In 1989, Leroy and Donna Gill began a home Bible study in North Saint Louis County. The Bible study grew and eventually became known as Victory Community Church. As the group continued to meet, Leroy felt a call from the Lord to minister in the city and began a relationship with World Impact. World Impact had been ministering in the Lindell Park community for several years, but desired to partner with an African American pastor to start a community-based church that would holistically address the needs of our community. Several members of Victory Community Church, including the Gills, moved into the city with a desire to see God do great things. In the fall of 1995, Victory changed its name to Jubilee Community Church and was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.
Jubilee's partnership with World Impact continued to grow. World Impact's then-director, Andy Krumsieg, was a critical force in bringing the organizations together. Andy had been part of a community development ministry in Chicago prior to his coming to St. Louis in 1994. He sought to make Jubilee the center of the ministry effort of World Impact. Because of World Impact's interest in church planting, they also provided the office and meeting space for Jubilee at 3108 North Grand Boulevard.
As Jubilee continued to grow and expand, the church desired to partner with other churches for accountability, unity and cooperation. Several members of the First Evangelical Free Church of St. Louis County as well as other churches were influential in the creation and development of Jubilee Community Church as members of an Advisory Board and as participants in many of the church's ministries. Jubilee joined the Evangelical Free Church of America in 2002.
Since its inception, Jubilee has intentionally applied what Dr. John Perkins and other Christian Community Development practitioners call the "three R's: Relocation, Reconciliation, and Redistribution." Many of Jubilee's staff, leadership and congregation either live in our neighborhood or have a heart for the community. Relocation demonstrates an incarnational witness, allowing us to share our lives and our witness with our neighbors. Reconciliation is foundational to the gospel. We must be reconciled to God and to one another so that the unity of the Body of Christ is visible. Jubilee is a ministry of reconciliation. Redistribution of resources has been a large part of Jubilee's work in its development programs such as housing and job readiness.
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