WHO WE ARE
Mary Lim-Lampe is the Executive Director of Genesis. She was called into organizing during a "perfect storm" at a Gamaliel Network organizer training when a good agitation by her mother was followed by her throwing up and making a decision to come out of the shadows and build power. She graduated cum laude from the University of Missouri-St. Louis (BA-Political Science) and has a juris doctorate from St. Louis University-School of Law.
Mary began her work as the community organizer for MORE2 (Metro Organization for Racial and Economic Equity), the Gamaliel Affiliate in Kansas City, Missouri (her home town). She cut her organizing teeth by leading MORE2 to monitor a community benefits agreement with the Missouri Department of Transportation that required that .5% of the total project budget must be reserved for training and apprenticeship programs to prepare minority workers for jobs on the Christopher S. Bond Bridge. This agreement was part of the “Missouri Model” which set a precedent throughout the country on how transportation/infrastructure contracts could benefit communities of color and women. Her current work includes a campaign to Disrupt the School the Prison Pipeline, and Bringing Justice to People with Different-Abilities. Mary is inspired every day by the support of her husband, Deron Lampe. The biggest reason “why” in her life is her 13-year-old daughter, Caitlyn.
Rev. Scott Denman, who is stepping up as Co-Chair of Genesis, was one of our founding clergy. Scott’s passion for the past several years has been community organizing in the Bay Area and was one of the leaders who stood up to the Metropolitan Transportation Commission when they tried to put millions of stimulus funds towards the Oakland Airport Connector and away from local transit services. More on this issue can be found here.
A native of Colorado, he has always loved building things. After graduating from Colorado College, Scott headed for New England, where he earned a Masters in Theological Studies from the Harvard Divinity School in 1981. Setting aside thoughts of the Church, he instead focused on creating a successful career as an independent building contractor in the Boston area and raising his young family.
A Call to the Church can be delayed, but not denied. In 1992, Rev. Denman collected his Masters in Divinity from Gordon-Cromwell Seminary. After an additional year of study at the Epsiscopal Divinity School, Scott was named a Cox Fellow and worked on the staff of the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Boston. In 1996, he was called as Senior Rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church, one of the founding congregations of Genesis.
Rev. Dr. Hubert Ivery has stepped up to serve as Co-Chair of Genesis and is currently the senior pastor at Geneva Avenue United Methodist Church in San Francisco. Born in Clayton, Alabama during Segregation, Dr. Ivery’s family moved to Miami, Florida when he was about 3 years old. Because of intermittent periods of time when he lived with his grandparents, he grew up in both Miami and Alabama. Dr. Ivery experienced the harsh reality of injustice towards African Americans in the post-Reconstruction South, while also experiencing firsthand the riots in Miami stemming from violence and injustice.
Dr. Ivery has a PhD from California Institute of Integral Studies (San Francisco) in East-West Psychology, where he did his dissertation on Howard Thurman. He also has Master degrees from Boston University School of Theology (Boston) and the Interdenominational Theological Center (Atlanta, Georgia) and a Bachelor of Science from Texas Southern University (Houston).
Dr. Ivery has facilitated Intercultural Communication workshops for the California Nevada Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. He has served as the Chair of the Committee of Christian Unity and Interreligious Relations. He is the current convener of Ecumenical Officers Committee of the Bay Area. Genesis’ goal to work towards dismantling structural racism dovetails with Dr. Ivery’s passion for working for the transformation of our society towards a Beloved Community.
Ethan Lowery is doing two years of field education with Genesis and is a third-year student at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley where he is in the ordination process to become an Episcopal priest. He also works as a youth minister at a church in Orinda. He most enjoys doing one-on-ones (but he’s still bad at scheduling them). In his spare time, he enjoys eating couscous, propagating succulents, and drinking lemon ginger probiotic tea.
Jemiya Jacob is a 2019 MICAH summer intern from Saint Mary's College of California. She is majoring in Justice, Community, and Leadership and minoring in Law and Society as she makes the transition to her second year at SMC. Being born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana has shaped Jemiya's passion for social justice. Because of her heavy involvement at her high school De La Salle (New Orleans), she has a passion for leadership. Jemiya's interest in social justice and ending mass incarceration is what led her to Genesis. Jemiya hopes to one day start her own non-profit mentoring program/ community center for youth! A fun fact about Jemiya is that she's an All-American Cheerleader who got to march and perform in London's New Year's Day Parade!