About The Cornelius Corps

Building transforming relationships through a network (Corps) of churches and individuals committed to a shared journey of racial justice/reconciliation and spiritual formation is the focus of a special ministry based in Washington, DC.

Our name is inspired by the Biblical story of Cornelius and Peter in the book of Acts (10:1 - 11:18).  Through visions given by God, these two men were able to transcend boundaries of race, culture, and privilege by the power of the Holy Spirit.

We believe that God is still calling and empowering us to this journey of racial justice/reconciliation and spiritual formation . 

New Community Church & Rev. Dr. Jim Melson

The Reverend Dr. Jim Melson, an ordained minister in The United Methodist Church, is the Founder and Director of The Cornelius Corps.  Our ministry is based at New Community Church in the historic Shaw neighborhood of Washington, DC.  New Community Church is a faith community in the tradition of The Church of the Saviour.

Our ministry continues through the financial gifts of individuals and churches that support our mission. You can donate to The Cornelius Corps by going to the "Donations" page or:

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