For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. – Jeremiah 29:11-13
My name is Wy Plummer and I am the African American Ministries Coordinator for the Presbyterian Church in America. The ministry’s chief aim is to facilitate the planting of new PCA churches led by African Americans throughout North America, as well as to encourage African Americans to prepare for leadership in the PCA and to assist them in funding their education. In the following few paragraphs, I want to share with you the mission God has given me for this ministry as well as some of the ways that, by His grace, we will carry it out.
Vision: To see the PCA grow in redemptive ethnic unity.
Mission: To work within the PCA to see an elevated, cultivated, and integrated African American presence in the PCA.
Why the PCA Seeks a Stronger African American Presence
Through the evangelistic efforts of our churches, the PCA is committed to reaching the multitudes for Jesus Christ and enfolding people of every ethnic group in a desire to more clearly reflect the passage in Revelation, “a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people, and language standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb.” African Americans are a key segment of this great multitude, yet they are not well represented in the PCA. Of the more than 4,500 PCA pastors, only about one percent are African American. MNA African American Ministries intends to bring in many more and to facilitate their work in planting a steadily increasing number of PCA churches with the ultimate goal of changing lives, reviving communities, and transforming the culture.
My wife Shirley and I have been in the PCA since 1982, and I was ordained as a PCA pastor in 1995. In addition to my position as MNA African American Ministries Coordinator, I also serve as part-time pastor at New City Fellowship, Chattanooga TN, and am a member of the Advisory Board of Covenant Theological Seminary. I earned my undergraduate degree from Howard University and graduate degrees from Johns Hopkins University and Chesapeake Reformed Theological Seminary.
- Develop “farm systems” from which to recruit pastors, church planters and ministry leaders.
- Increase the numbers of African Americans at theologically reformed seminaries.
- Create internships and apprenticeships at PCA churches.
- Encourage African American led churches to participate in and support their local presbytery, PCA’s standing committees and agencies and General Assembly.
- Support African American lay members in understanding the PCA and Presbyterianism.
- Assist Agencies and Committees, Presbyteries, local Churches and networks as they seek to minister with and among African Americans.
- Recruit, Mentor, and Coach African American college students, seminary students and lay leaders.
- Train and provide connections and resources for Church Planters who want to plant churches among African Americans.
We Invite Your Participation
Please join with us in praying that many people will find hope in Jesus Christ and that lives will be changed through this ministry. Pray that a growing number of African Americans will be called to serve as PCA leaders. We ask that you prayerfully consider participating with us through your financial support. You can make a tax-deductible contribution to this ministry online. You can also mail contributions, made payable to Mission to North America, to:
Mission to North America
PO Box 890233
Charlotte NC 28289-0233
Designate: African American Ministries
For additional information, contact
African American Ministries Coordinator