Jubilee UMC Freedom Center and Broader Community


Modeled after the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference (SDPC), MLK New Jerusalem was birthed with the "hope and faith that the organization would focus on what was proclaimed in the fourth chapter of Luke,  to set captives free and to give liberty to those who are oppressed."  We, too, "seek to change the socio-political landscape for those in need as we continue our fervent quest and biblical directive to do justice."

With this calling, MLK New Jerusalem boldly enters into the public square with an engaged prophetic imagination to work with clergy, organizational leaders of all socio-political stripes and "everyday ordinary blues people" to bring about constructive change on behalf of vulnerable and marginalized populations in our community.  To date, we have focused on sexual and domestic violence issues; issues associated with mass incarceration and the "returning citizen" to community; and the ongoing challenges associated with poverty and its intersections with race and class. 

COVID has either slowed or paused some of our work.  But normally, features of our programming at the Freedom Center include Intentional Faith Development (IFD) opportunities for those interested in "fleshing out" their faith.  These include a myriad of opportunities that cannot necessarily all be captured here, but the IFD opportunities are inclusive of the following:  

  • monthly offerings of LeChristopher's Southern Cuisine (and also now the ever popular LeChristopher's Cafe, which is in development phase); 
  • Tyson-Hurst Food Pantry and Food Distribution work with various partners, including the Northeast Iowa Food Bank;
  • Catalyst for community-wide book reads as well as Movie Viewing and Group Discussions on a host of issues, including International Human and Civil Rights Subjects;  
  • Recruitment and financial assistance for Higher Education opportunities with Rust College, an HBCU in northern Mississippi;
  • and the annual MLK Freedom Bus Tour (Memphis, Birmingham, Montgomery, Selma) with attendant educational discussions, personal reflections and curriculum (For more information about the Tour, please see "Links" tab on this website, then click on MLK Freedom Bus Tour, or Human Rights Commission MLK Freedom Bus Tour).


We champion, support and/or co-sponsor the following event(s):

MLK Freedom Bus TourSM

Presenting Sponsor(s)



2024 November 11-15, Monday- Friday

Memphis, Birmingham, Montgomery and Selma

Cost $450/person

Checks/Money Orders made out to MLK New Jerusalem with MLK Freedom Bus Tour in the memo line

For more information and registration for the trip,

please contact Nancy Culpepper or Abraham L Funchess, Jr.,  at


You can also pay by Venmo

FMI, See "Links" tab on this website, then click MLK Freedom Bus Tour or Human Rights Commission MLK Freedom Bus Tour.


LeChristopher's Southern Cuisine

Second Sundays of the Month (12:00 PM, $20 donation per adult)

Contagious Hospitality

Restaurant-Style Ambiance

Jazz Background Music

FMI, call 319-504-0081(Funchess) or 319-234-5307(Jubilee)






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More to come!  Stay tuned.

For more information, you may call 319-504-0081 (or 319-291-4441, Director Funchess)