1404 Brooke Road
Rockford, IL 61109
815-398-8914

Pastor Violet & Kyle Johnricker

Violet Johnricker is honored and excited to be appointed to Brooke Road UMC and looks forward to meeting you!  Violet will be coming to Rockford from Chicago, where she is completeing her Master of Divinity degree at McCormick Theological Seminary, an ecumenically diverse school with a stident body that is predominantly people of color.  while in seminary, Violet is aslo studying at  Adler University and will be graduation this summer with a Master of Public Policy degree, which she describes as the study of how we love our neighbors and take care of one another.  She has been involved with faith-based policy advocacy and social justice work ever since her undergraduate internship at the General Board of Church and Society, the United Methodist agency devoted to working for policies that live our faith, see justice, and pursue peace.  She began her undergraduate studies in political science at George Washington University, later transferring to North Park University in Chicago, where she earned a bachelor's degree in nonprofit management.  

Prior to attending graduate school, Violet served as Executive Director of Waukegan Main Street and later as Director of Downtown Kenosha Inc., two community and economic development nonprofits dedicated to neighborhood revitalization.   She holds certificates from the International Economic Development Council in strategic planning, finance programs, credit analysis, and business retention & expansion and is passinate about the role of churches in community development.  Most recentlu she has worked as a chaplain at Northwestern Hospital, administrator of St. Pauls United Church of Christ in Chicago, and as a teaching assistant during seminary.

Violet grew up in church and discerned her call to ministry over time, feeling affirmed in church leadership and loving to write and preach sermons.  Today as she works toward ordination as an elder in the United Methodist Church, Violet's theology of radical inclusion centers on the belief that the teachings of Jesus and John Wesley continue to have new meaning in our current