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Sheila M. Beckford

Rev. Sheila M. Beckford, a cradle Methodist, is an elder in the New York Annual Conference. Her deep roots in the life of the conference go back to her bake sales at Newman Memorial as a child, ushering, and Page Coordinator. Sheila has served on District Committee on Ministries, as a Cluster Leader in Connecticut district, and Dance Coordinator for the New York Annual Conference and co-founder of New Day Church. Currently, Sheila serves as a Senior Pastor in CT. Rev. Beckford serves as Chair of Black Methodists for Church Renewal, an organization that advocates for justice in the Global Connection especially as it relates to Blacks and those of the African Diaspora. She also co-chairs New York Annual Conference’s Committee on Religion and Race, seeking equity for all of God's Children. She currently resides in Connecticut with her 7 year old daughter. 

Since 2016, Rev. Michelle Ledder has walked alongside United Methodist Church, at all levels, live into increasingly honorable forms of diversity, inclusion, anti-racism, and racial equity. Having written and facilitated hundreds of workshops and learning activities, Michelle has helped thousands of Christians—especially white Christians—do the work of anti-racism rather than just talk about it.


Books by Sheila M. Beckford