On behalf of the Board of Directors and staff at Urban Alliance (UA), we are writing to inform you that Russell Jarvis has announced that he will be stepping down as UA President in 2021 to pursue a pastoral ministry calling. Russell has served in leadership at Urban Alliance since the organization’s founding in 2008.

“I am grateful that God has allowed me to be part of shaping such an exciting and transformational movement, and for the incredible relationships with everyone who is part of the UA mission,” Russell shared.

“Urban Alliance is a unique collaboration of diverse Christian ministries, churches, community partners, volunteers, and donors who are passionate about helping people,” he continued. “Together, we have demonstrated the love of Christ to hundreds of thousands of people in our Greater Hartford region.”

Russell has been an outstanding and inspired leader at Urban Alliance for 12 years, and although his departure will represent a significant transition for Urban Alliance, we are confident about what God has in store for our future.

We have an involved Board of Directors that will begin the process of identifying UA’s next President soon and is working closely with staff to inform the process. We are grateful that Russell will remain with the organization so that we can ensure a seamless transition.

We have a highly skilled and caring staff team, dedicated donors, selfless volunteers, and an amazing network of churches and organizations. UA’s initiatives and services will remain strong as we work together to help people in our community meet their physical, spiritual, social and emotional needs.

We look forward to continuing our partnerships with you and creating opportunities for people to experience lasting change in their lives.

Jeffrey Vanderploeg, PhD
Chair, Urban Alliance