Rev. Jim Dickerson
Founder and Board Chair
Rev. Dickerson is an Arkansas native and a 37-year resident of inner-city Washington, D.C. He is married and the father of 3 adult children all born, raised and educated in District of Columbia. Two of his children are graduates of DC public schools and one graduated from the Lab School of Greater Washington. All three are college graduates and are currently living and working in D.C and Chicago, IL.
Jim is the Founder and Chair of Manna, Inc., a non-profit affordable housing and community development organization in the District of Columbia established in 1982. Jim is also the Founder and Pastor of New Community Church which was established in 1982, as one of the original affiliate Churches of the Church of the Saviour located in the District of Columbia. New Community is a small (by conventional standards) diverse, neighborhood- based Church which stands in the tradition of the Church of the Saviour in it's unique approach to membership. It operates a variety of community service ministries out of its facilities in the historic D.C. Shaw neighborhood near Howard University.
Jim has founded and participated on many boards and commissions including: FLOC Hope and a Home, the Mayor's Commission on Homelessness, the Coalition for Nonprofit Housing and Economic Development, the DC Housing Finance Agency, the first Advisory Council of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta, the Consortium for Services to Homeless Families, New Community For Children (a After School & Advocacy Program) and the I Have a Dream Neighborhood Association.
Jim has been a member of Leadership Washington and was named a 1997 Washingtonian of the Year by the Washingtonian Magazine. In 2004 he received the "Amos Award" from Call to Renewal, a national Christian anti-poverty and advocacy organization affiliated with Sojourners Magazine. Jim was selected by LISC (Local Initiative Support Corp.) to receive the Mike Sviridoff Leadership Award given to 25 outstanding Community Development Corporation founders and leaders throughout the country as part of LISC's 25th anniversary celebration in October 2005.