- My Local
- My Reach
- My Self
Joe Darrow serves in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The area is a multi-cultural community, and residents are generally from low-income households. The needs in Kensington are typical of many inner-city communities. Crime, drug and alcohol abuse, insufficient housing, and a lack of education are all prominent issues.
The neighborhood in South Philadelphia has many southeast Asian and central African refugees and immigrants. Snyder Avenue Congregational Church, a local multi-cultural church plant, seeks to blend the seven congregations comprised of these families.
After seeing the need in his community, Joe and two other InFaith couples planted a church in Kensington to help reach the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of the community. Cornerstone Community Church focuses on bringing hope to the community through Christ and His church. “The heart of our ministry is to see people changed through the gospel,” explains Joe.
The church hosts many ministry and outreach events aimed at the surrounding Kensington community. It started by developing a teen and children’s ministry, including after-school tutoring, summer VBS, camps, and block parties. Through these programs, the church was able to start ministering to the parents of the teens and children in attendance.
Joe has recently invited Breathe Ministry to partner with them. Their vision is to create a healthier world physically and spiritually by caring for the young, the lost, and the poor. This partnernship will bring in millennials to serve alongside the communities in Kensington and South Philadelphia.
Joe has served as InFaith field staff since 2001.
Joe has five children and five grandchildren. He joined InFaith because of its focus on ministry in the United States. Joe feels called to reach inner-city communities.
Joe and his wife, Laurie, served faithfully together at InFaith for 19 years, until her passing in early 2020.