Our Mission. As the Park is to the City, so the Word is to Life. This is what we believe about the Bible – that we can rest, play and run in the Word. We exist to promote Bible engagement in the urban church on a daily basis by creating short and smart materials – for individuals and small groups.
Our Unique Small Group Curriculum. Subway Series. The Subway Series is our unique small group curriculum that provides regular quiet times of 750 words or less – the same word limitation as op-eds in the New York Times.
Our Daily Urban Devotional. A 400 word (or less) reflection on one of two daily readings taken from the M’Cheyne Reading Plan.
Our Founder: Bethany Jenkins. As a member of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, Bethany has served as a leader of small groups and a leader-coach of other leaders for the past eight years and is mentored by Kathy Keller. Currently, she serves as Chair of the Board for The Park Forum. Prior to its founding, Bethany worked at the New York Stock Exchange, at the U.S. Department of State, and on Capitol Hill for Jennifer Dunn and Joe Scarborough. Bethany received her J.D. from Columbia Law School, where she was a Stone Scholar and served as the Executive Writing and Research Editor on The Journal of Law and Social Problems. She received her M.A. from George Washington University and her B.A. from Baylor University. Bethany makes her home on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.
Our Executive Director: Steven Dilla. Steven and his wife Emily lead the founding team for The Metropolitan Faith Church of New York Following Superstorm Sandy their community helped plan and coordinate a collaborative response effort that served over 20,000 people. This collaboration of churches hosts the annual Refresh block party, at which 1,000 copies of Scripture were distributed on the Lower East Side in partnership with the American Bible Society.
In addition to writing for The Park Forum, Steven writes for OnFaith and wrote on ministry burnout in Collaborate: Family + Church (Minister’s Label Press, 2010). He launched, produced, and directed Elevate Jr. an interactive video-based curriculum for children (Creative Pastors, 2007-2009). Steven attended the Redeemer Church Planting Center Incubator Program in 2013, Dallas Theological Seminary, Oklahoma Baptist University, and is currently a Fellow at the New York City Leadership Center. He and his wife live with their two children in the East Village of Manhattan.
- Bethany Jenkins, Chair
- Steven Dilla
- Adair Webb
- Rodney Gibson
- Logan Hennessey, Esq.
Legal Status. The Park Forum (TPF) is exempt from Federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to TPF are deductible under section 170 of the Code and TPF is qualified to receive tax deductible bequests, devises, transfers or gifts under section 2055, 2106 or 2522 of the Code. TPF is incorporated under the laws of the State of New York.