Director, Spiritual Formation Program
D. Min., Union Theological Seminary
The Rev. Dr. James (Jim) Melson is the Director of The Cornelius Corps (www.corneliuscorps.org), a ministry of New Community Church in Washington, DC. New Community is one of the faith communities of The Church of the Saviour. The ministry of The Cornelius Corps focuses on working with churches in the areas of spiritual formation and racial justice/reconciliation. Jim also serves as the Director of Spiritual Formation at the John Leland Center for Theological Studies in Arlington, VA. He is an ordained pastor in The United Methodist Church where he served for 19 years as the pastor of local churches in the Virginia Annual Conference before founding The Cornelius Corps in 2001. Jim is a graduate of Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA (1978 BA in Greek and Religion) and Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, VA (1982 D.Min.).