Quest Jamila-Hadaye Tillery Hunter is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church serving as a Church and Community Worker in Atlanta, Georgia, where she is a Community Engagement Church and Community Worker, bridging relations between the General Board of Global Ministries, headquartered at the Center for Mission Innovation and the immediate and larger Atlanta communities. Her assignment started in late 2016.
Church and Community Workers respond to God’s call to ministry among the poor and disenfranchised in rural and urban areas throughout the United States. They work to change the social inequities of poverty, racial injustice, and domestic violence.
Related to Global Ministries’ Center for Mission Innovation, Quest’s work seeks to build creative interaction and relationship among the agency and its staff, the Grace United Methodist Church congregation, the surrounding community, and partners in the region. This entails dialogue, community development, and concern for social justice and poverty issues.
Quest is from New York City, where she grew up in Vanderveer Park United Methodist Church, Brooklyn. She is a former US-2 young adult missionary who received her bachelor’s degree in culture and communications from Antioch College in Yellow Spring, Ohio, and a Master of Divinity degree from Candler School of Theology, Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. She has worked for the Wesley Fellowship at Emory and in community service projects.
Quest’s faith journey includes a great deal of church-based activity often punctuated by a desire for God to fix challenges she encountered, including a including domestic violence at home and the problems that it caused in her life. Her experience as a US-2 missionary, she recalls, supplanted a “fix it Jesus” mentality with an attitude of “walk with me God." She learned that “God doesn’t just fix; God heals through revealing and teaching.”
Her faith, Quest says, stands in “the gaps between the spiritual and secular needs of the church and its surrounding communities. I am inspired to serve as a passionate candidate who seeks to learn where the gaps are…and to address them.”
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