“For me, being a pastor is a privilege and a calling to be a spiritual support, guide and inspiration to all who come across my path.”
Pastor Jessie A. López Abdul-Karim was born and raised in New York City to Puerto Rican parents. Culture, family and food have influenced how she approaches ministry. She strongly believes in providing safe places with no agenda for people to feel belonging. Pastor Jessie loves people and does not shy away from the tough questions even if she is a self-proclaimed “hard-core introvert”. Pastor Jessie holds a Master in Divinity degree and a Master in Social Work degree from Andrews University and has been pastoring for the last eight years. She is currently the Young Adult and Missions Pastor at Azure Hills Church. She is newly married to her best friend, Pastor Robert E. Abdul-Karim and looks forward to doing life, family and ministry together with him. Lastly, Jessie claims that pizza in California doesn’t come close to the pizza found back in NY but is willing to keep searching one pizza slice at a time.