Grace loves people and has a passion and gift for inspiring and nurturing communities of faith to live out loud the prophetic story of Jesus. For Grace, the quintessential expression of the resurrected Lord’s presence is a community whose very DNA is a radical hospitality which births a loving and a healthy tension that is ideological, theological, racial, ethnic and cultural. Grace thrives on diversity. Needless to say, red is Grace’s favorite color and Pentecost is Grace’s favorite liturgical season.
For Rev. Imathiu “the world is her parish”. As an African who is married to a European and is raising an American son, Grace is committed to advocating for the inclusion of all people. Her sermons are always exegeted as tools of justice on the intersections of religion, race, sexuality and gender. Grace has been an open ally and activist for the LGBTQI community since 1997. She has preached in Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, Togo, Liberia, Denmark, Australia, Malaysia, Brazil, and all throughout the United States. In 2016, Rev. Imathiu was a speaker at the World Federation of Methodist and Uniting Church Women as well as preaching for the third time at the World Methodist Conference held in Houston, Texas – an event attracting 3,000+ participants from more than 80 countries.
Grace is married to David Hay Jones and together they are the parents of Erik Imathiu-Jones an 11th grader at Providence St. Mel School in Chicago.
Dr. Ann A. Michel has served on the staff of the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary since 2005. She is co-editor of the Lewis Center’s online newsletter, Leading Ideas. She also teaches at Wesley Seminary in the areas of leadership and stewardship. She is the author of the book Synergy: A Leadership Guide for Church Staff and Volunteers (Abingdon Press, 2017) and co-author with Lovett H. Weems, Jr., of Generosity, Stewardship, and Abundance: A Transformative Guide to Church Finances (Rowman and Littlefield, 2021) and The Crisis of Younger Clergy (Abingdon Press, 2008).