Abraham L Funchess Jr

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Pastor Funchess is Recipient of the Iowa Annual Conference Bishop James Samuel Thomas Leadership Award  and the

 2015 State of Iowa Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Achievement Award


Reverend Abraham L. Funchess, Jr., is the oldest of three children of Abraham and Bernice Funchess in St. Matthews, South Carolina.  Funchess graduated Valedictorian from Calhoun County High School in 1986 and matriculated into Duke University in Durham, NC, in the fall of that year.  He transferred to Hampton University in Hampton, VA, in the fall of 1988.  Funchess majored in Sociology with a minor in Psychology, receiving upon graduation the W.E.B. DuBois Award for Scholarship and Activism from the department of Sociology, in recognition of his leadership in both the faith and academic arenas.  In December 2010, Funchess completed a Certified Public Management Course, a nationally accredited professional certification for upper level public sector managers and directors, through the Center for Professional Studies, College of Business and Public Administration, at Drake University in Des Moines.


Funchess has served as an Executive Director of Christian Community Development in Waterloo, as Pastor of the Second Baptist Church in Ottumwa, Ia, and as an Adjunct Professor at Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo.   In 2003, Funchess was appointed by Resident Bishop Gregory V. Palmer to serve in the Iowa Annual Conference to work at Jubilee United Methodist Church in Waterloo, where he still serves, and he has been reappointed to Jubilee by current Resident Bishop Julius C. Trimble.   In February 2006, Funchess was appointed by Governor Tom Vilsack to serve as Division Administrator of the Iowa Commission on the Status of African Americans within the Iowa Department of Human Rights.  Funchess was reappointed to the position by Governor Chester J. Culver in 2007.


Since June 21, 2010, however, Funchess was appointed by Mayor Buck Clark to the position of Human Rights Director for the city of Waterloo. It was here that Funchess received the “Building Unity and Developing Understanding” Award from the City of Waterloo Commission on Human Rights in 2008.  In 2015, Funchess received the State of Iowa Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Achievement Award from the Branstad Administration, and from Resident  Bishop Julius C. Trimble of the Iowa Annual Conference, Funchess received the Bishop James Samuel Thomas Leadership Award.


Funchess was ordained into ministry under the leadership of the Reverend Michael E. Coleman, pastor of Antioch Baptist Church in Waterloo, Iowa.  Funchess is married to Veronica McGee of Waterloo.  They have one son - Solomon Diara Akello.


New Jerusalem Press

Funchess' first children's book--Rise!--is now available for public consumption.  It is the first of a three-book installment for youth in conjunction with BaHar Publishing.  Funchess is also currently working on a piece for more mature audiences entitled "Nobody's Toy."  To connect with secretarial support regarding books (or any other matter), please call 319-504-0081.

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