The new director of Restore Hope Ministries in Tulsa is Jeffry Jaynes.
Rev. Jaynes’ appointment to Extension Ministry follows his five-year pastorate at Southern Hills UMC, Tulsa. His new role is based in "a passion of my heart that was true before I even went into ministry," he said.
As a teen, Jaynes became aware of "a world of need" while working in a homeless shelter. "Since that time, in various ways, I have actively worked to help those who didn’t have the opportunities I had growing up," he said.
Jaynes said the Southern Hills congregation embraced that purpose, too. For example, the church hosts Project Transformation. And the church’s mission statement closely resembles that of Restore Hope, Jaynes noted. Both strive to help people overcome financial and spiritual crises.
The new director praised the success achieved by Restore Hope through its previous director, Lawrence Johnson, who retired at the 2011 Annual Conference. Rev. Johnson was appointed to that urban ministry in 1988.
"Restore Hope would not be what it is today without his service. The things he did that put us in the position we are now: incredible!" Jaynes declared.
He wants to expand the ministry to even more people, noting Restore Hope already impacts thousands of lives. For him, "The big picture was, is, and will be helping people see the Kingdom of God, especially those less fortunate."
Another goal is for the agency to connect as a resource to churches across the Oklahoma Conference. "When they ask, ‘How do we do ministry with the poor?,’ I want them to call Restore Hope to find out best practices, to understand poverty and work to fight it," Jaynes said. "Restore Hope has been doing that 30-plus years."
"They bless us with Apportionment dollars and beyond that in donations of various types. We want to be a blessing in return by being a resource."
In the short term, Jaynes hopes to begin repairs within weeks on the agency’s warehouse damaged in a February blizzard—the second roof collapse for the building. He said $175,000 is needed "to close our sunroof."