Joe & Laurie Darrow
- Our Local
- Our Reach
- Our Self
Joe and Laurie Darrow serve 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 their community, the Darrows 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 and Laurie have 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.
The Darrows have served as InFaith field staff since 2001.
Joe and Laurie have been married over thirty years, and have five children and five grandchildren. They joined InFaith because of its focus on ministry in the United States. The Darrows feel called to reach inner-city communities.