Kenneth Schoon, Site Coordinator
A native of the Detroit area, Ken pursued an undergraduate degree in Urban Studies at the University of Cincinnati, where he graduated in 2010. Ken’s passion for urban affairs and ministry was nurtured during his college years through his participation in the local Wesley Foundation campus ministry.
After college graduation, Ken moved to Columbus, Ohio, where he began a ministry internship at Broad Street United Methodist Church downtown and matriculated at the Methodist Theological School in Ohio (MTSO). At Broad Street UMC, Ken founded Art of the City, an arts ministry that brought together volunteers and community members at the Manna Cafe, the church’s free, weekly meal. Ken was also responsible for closing up the building two nights a week, shedding him of any fear of large, dark, and empty historic church buildings. Ken graduated from MTSO in May of 2014 and began his role at the Waller Center in July.
Ken is thrilled to be working at the Waller Center and looks forward to broadening and deepening the relationships between the Waller Center, the Haight-Ashbury/Cole Valley neighborhood, and the city of San Francisco.
Ken can be reached at kschoon [at] wallercenter.org.
NaQuita Coates, Social Justice Seminar Coordinator
NaQuita Coates (Quita) is a Global Missions Fellow commissioned by the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church. She began her two-year assignment as Social Justice Seminar Coordinator at the Waller Center in August 2016.
Quita was born and raised in Calvert County, Maryland, where she lived on her grandfather’s old tobacco farm with her large family. In 2011 she graduated high school and began studying at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). Her studies at UMBC included psychology, Spanish language, and critical sexuality studies.
Throughout her college years, Quita was very involved in the student body. She utilized her education, personal experience, and natural abilities to engage her colleagues in tough discussions and culturally diverse events. After completing college she felt as though she needed to continue to use her knowledge and talents, but now for the Lord. She had not been very involved in church during college, and she answered God’s call to change that through the Global Mission Fellows program. Quita is excited to see what God’s plan is for her in San Francisco.