Rev. Francis Kinyua is Director of The Garden at Spring Forest, and lead pastor of The Church at Spring Forest. Pastor Francis has served as a Superintendent Minister in the Methodist Church of Kenya and as a United Methodist pastor in Kansas. He is also a veteran organic farmer and is married to Agnes Kirimi, an agricultural biologist. They are the parents of three beautiful children.
Our church is a network of neighborhood communities, all of which share a common set of spiritual practices: prayer, work, table, and neighbor. Each of these neighborhood groups meet 1-3 times per month, depending on their focus. The leaders of the groups meet together with Pastor Francis monthly for spiritual formation and leadership development. All the groups meet together quarterly for a meal, worship, and fun. During the COVID-19 pandemic all our meetings are held via Zoom.
The neighborhood groups include:
The Garden at Spring Forest: An interfaith community garden that especially welcomes and supports the cultural adjustment of new, global neighbors who come to the United States as immigrants. For more about this program click on The Garden page, and to find out how you can participate or support this program email office@SpringForest.org.
Breathe: A monthly gathering to foster contemplative spirituality. Our group meets via Zoom on the 4th Thursday of each month from 6:30 - 8 PM. (If you would like to eat together via Zoom join us at 6 PM with your dinner.) To find out more about this group, email office@SpringForest.org.
Hope 4 Humanity: A mission dedicated to making disciples of Jesus Christ who share Jesus’ compassion and calling for prophetic action on behalf of the least of these. The mission of H4H is an ecumenical and interfaith mission of hope, reimaging all people as the image of God and of sacred value.
Global Neighbors: An interfaith hospitality group that focuses on welcoming immigrant neighbors through shared meals, birthday parties, and other cross-cultural expressions of friendship. To find out more about this group, email office@SpringForest.org.
Forest Kids: A monthly group for children that focuses on creation care. During the pandemic families can sign up for a "one family at a time" 90 minute customized, guided, outdoor learning experience with ecologist and pastor Jane Almon or one of her team leaders. Parent or other adult care-giver must accompany children in this experience, and for everyone's well being, children and adults must wear masks. To find out more about this group, email office@SpringForest.org.