In September 2011, Dr. Edwards established the Resurrected Community Development Corporation, Inc. as a 501 (c) nonprofit organization in order to assist the church in addressing the overwhelming, long standing community needs for culturally competent childcare, early education, youth programming and employment. This entity, RCDC, now owns and operates the Resurrected Life Children’s Academy, the James Lawson Freedom School, the Urban Angels Awards Gala, and other informal opportunities for community organizing, and civic engagement on issues pertinent to educational excellence, economic dignity, and social justice.
In May 2019, after a two year long process of prayer, discernment, and preparation Resurrected Life became an official United Church of Christ (UCC) congregation, Paving the way for an inevitable trifecta impact on the formerly independent, non-denominational congregation:
- Affiliation and fellowship with Christian denomination unapologetic in advancing racial, economic, and social justice;
- Resources to advance the church’s vision and ensure it’s sustainability, longevity and legacy for generations to come;
- Global connection to missional opportunities around the world Based on theology of justice and mercy.
Now as Resurrected Life Community Church, UCC approaches 2022 and its 20th year in ministry, Pastor Edwards and the leadership of the church have developed a multi-faceted, comprehensive strategic plan to address the emerging and Future needs of the church, and community.