Rev. Neema Cyrus-Franklin is Co-Organizer for RE:BIRTH, a faith-based initiative in development to partner with churches and community organizations to develop creative worship and bible study experiences to support social change movements. Neema is the Stated Clerk for the Presbytery of the Pacific (PCUSA) and formerly served as the Director of Communications and Congregational Consultant for the 100+ churches and 25 congregational fellowships of the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta. In addition to her work in marketing, I.T., and communications, she has provided leadership in youth and camp and conference ministry and mission for the national, regional and local levels of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) for over 20 years.
Neema is a graduate of Agnes Scott College with a B.A. in psychology and a concentration in early childhood education. She later attended Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary of the Interdenominational Theological Center, earning a dual master’s degree in divinity and Christian education with a concentration in Hebrew Bible.
Neema loves spending time watching movies with her husband Victor Cyrus-Franklin and spending time with her two children, Victor III and Nhani Simone.
Victor L. Cyrus-Franklin
Pastor Victor Cyrus-Franklin is Co-Organizer for RE:BIRTH, a faith-based initiative in development to partner with churches and community organizations to develop creative worship and bible study experiences to support social change movements. He currently serves as Lead Pastor of Inglewood First United Methodist Church in Inglewood, CA and formerly served on the pastoral staffs of Holman United Methodist Church in Los Angeles, CA and East Point First Mallalieu United Methodist Church in East Point, GA. Victor has served in leadership in local churches, campus ministries and through various boards and agencies of the United Methodist Church. He received his bachelor’s degree from Tennessee State University with a major in English and a minor in Philosophy and Religious Studies. Victor went on to earn the Master of Divinity degree from Gammon Theological Seminary of the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) with a concentration in theology.
Through teaching, preaching, living, and learning, Victor has a passion for ministry that fosters intergenerational dialogue, communication, and growth. He has particular interests in exploring the intersections of popular culture and theology with attention to nurturing the struggle for social change.
He and his spouse, Neema, met in seminary at the ITC and they are the proud parents of Victor Leon III and Nhani Simone.