Urban Ministry names new Executive Director


Urban Ministry is pleased to announce that Hill Carmichael has been named Executive Director. Hill comes to Urban Ministry with a strong background in the public and private sectors, and will assume the role of executive director on June 15. Hill is currently working at Alabama Power Company as a program manager and senior communications specialist where he is responsible for coordinating the company’s education initiative, Brighter Minds.
Urban Ministry Board Chair, Ken Nolen, said “On behalf of the Urban Ministry Board of Directors, I would like to express our excitement concerning the announcement of Hill Carmichael as our new Executive Director.  Hill comes to Urban Ministry with the experience and excitement that will allow this organization to continue its great work in the West End and surrounding communities”.
Prior to his work with Alabama Power, Hill worked on special projects with the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham, First United Methodist Church, has been active in political and advocacy campaigns, and is currently a certified candidate for ministry with the North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church. 
Hill has been active in missions, youth ministry and has a history of service-learning leadership.  He has served as a volunteer board member to Community Church Without Walls and Alabama Possible.  He is a graduate of Birmingham-Southern College and holds a Masters of Public Administration from UAB. 
“It truly is an honor to be named executive director of Urban Ministry. I’m so grateful for the strong foundation laid by Melissa Patrick, the Urban staff and the West End Community, and to have the opportunity to help lead the important work this organization is doing,” said Hill.
Hill Carmichael is filling the position vacated by the Rev. Melissa Self Patrick, who will be appointed in June by North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church Resident Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett as Senior Pastor of Lesters Chapel United Methodist Church in Shelby County. Ken Nolen noted, “We are grateful for the hard work and dedication that our departing Executive Director, Rev. Melissa Self Patrick, has done during her tenure and wish her the best as she moves into her new role as full-time pastor. “
The programs of Urban Ministry provide compassion for today and wholeness for tomorrow to the West End Community and beyond.  Ministry focus areas include; WE Eat initiatives which address hunger, healthy eating and food access; WE Grow initiatives addressing youth development efforts from academic support to internship programs and WE Care programs which support our most vulnerable neighbors, particularly the elderly.
Urban Ministry is located at 1229 Cotton Avenue in West End and is a nonprofit, faith-based organization that impartially serves the needs of the community through programs of compassion and wholeness.  Founded by the United Methodist Church in 1976, Urban Ministry invites ALL to serve and be served through our programs.
To learn more about URBAN Ministry visit the website at www.urban-ministry.org.

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