Sharon Yancey is the Founder and Director of the Matthew Initiative. While at her last church, Roswell United Methodist church, she discovered there was a great need for churches to receive help with children’s ministries programs. These churches fell into two categories: New churches with limited resources, and churches who needed to re-build their children’s programs because young families and children were no long coming , also with limited resources and staff expertise. Through an amazing series of events, The Matthew Initiative was incorporated in February 2010.
Sharon has been revitalizing churches her entire professional career. Following graduation from Asbury Theological Seminary, she interned at Wesley’s Chapel in London, England. She re-started the Sunday School program with children from the east end of London and that program continues to this day. Sharon has been part of the revitalization of the following churches since moving to Atlanta with her husband Steve: Peachtree Road United Methodist Church, Northbook United Methodist Church and most recently, Roswell United Methodist church where she founded Kidz Zone. While she was at Roswell the program grew from 180 to 400 children with over 75 volunteers each week. She passionately believes that children’s ministries can be the spark that can change a church’s future.
Jordan Yancey Black
Jordan Yancey received her Master of Arts Degree in Christian Education from Asbury Theological Seminary in May of 2010. She is working with her mother, Sharon Yancey, in the churches of the Matthew Initiative. Jordan has been working in new churches since she became interested in Christian Education, including Liberty Hill UMC in Canton, Georgia, Embrace Church in Lexington , Kentucky and most recently The Bridge church in Cartersville, Georgia. Jordan did internships at Willow Creek Community church in Chicago, Illinois and Athens Church while in college. Athens Church is one of the network churches of Northpoint Community Church . Jordan was named the outstanding student in Christian Education by the faculty of Asbury Theological Seminary in May of 2010. Jordan lives in the John’s Creek area with her husband, Zeak.