Brynne Leah Howard is a United Methodist missionary serving as a Church and Community Worker assigned as an attorney to work with Iowa Justice for Our Neighbors (JFON).
Iowa Justice for Our Neighbors operates free clinics in Des Moines and Storm Lake, serving some 230 new immigrants with legal and educational issues. Related to the United Methodist Committee on Relief, JFON utilized trained volunteers--some 40 in Iowa--in its work. Iowa JFON was established in 2001. It is a ministry of welcome to both communities and congregations.
Brynne Howard is a native of Des Moines, where she grew up in Epworth United Methodist Church. She attended high school in Waukee, Iowa; received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota, and received her law degree from Drake University, Des Moines.
While in law school, Brynne worked as a case manager for JFON. She also served as a law clerk for the Iowa Civil Rights Commission, and was a law clerk in a private law firm.
As a teenager, she joined the Des Moines Valley Friends (Quaker) Meeting, an affiliation she retained, but is also involved in Trinity United Methodist/Las Americas Church, Des Moines. Through Trinity/Las Americas, she has taken part in Volunteer-In-Mission teams, including a medical team to El Salvador in 2010. She is fluent in English and Spanish.
Brynne values the support of a church community in social and legal services and welcomes "the opportunity to do work in the service of others and the potential for personal faith growth….I am attracted to this kind of job because it provides the opportunity to feel like I am contributing, albeit in a small way, to justice in the world."
Byrne is married to Jonathan Escobar.
: Iowa Annual Conference
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