Delta Grace was founded by the Sunflower + Moorhead United Methodist Churches, and our facilities are still on Sunflower UMC’s grounds.
Since Delta Grace’s beginnings, however, we have been supported by multiple denominations, including the Baptist, Episcopal, and Catholic churches. Members of several different churches serve on our Board of Directors.
Delta Grace is a non-profit, multi-denominational, faith-based organization that matches mission teams with those in need of home repairs.
The Delta Grace facilities serve as a year-round hub to provide mission opportunities for teams of all sizes, ages, and skill levels.
Teams are charged a fee to stay at the mission hub, which is then used to purchase project materials.
99% of all work done at Delta Grace is done through the gifts and graces of volunteers. Mission teams work on homes of many who have lost hope. As participants in Delta Grace, volunteers become that hope as they spend time with those in need and walk with them on their journey to experience God’s Grace.
Volunteers are of a variety of different ages and skill levels, but all come for the same reason — because they have been blessed by God and want to share that blessing with others.
Sunflower United Methodist Church — located on Sunflower Avenue in Sunflower, Mississippi — is a unique, small membership church with a big passion to serve Christ. In 1968, the church moved from a small building to their current location, an 18,000 square foot former public school that was built in the 1940s.
Over the years, the facility had deteriorated badly. A leaky roof caused major damage to the ceilings, floors, and walls, but the building was still structurally sound.
Driven by the belief that God called Sunflower United Methodist to be an integral part of reaching out to those in need, the church began renovations in March of 2013. They envisioned a mission hub that would enable volunteers to serve people within a half-hour’s radius of Sunflower.
This vision birthed the ministry that is now Delta Grace.
Another area church, Moorhead United Methodist, has partnered with Sunflower to become a primary sponsor of Delta Grace. Thanks to God’s provision, through the help of many churches, organizations and individuals, the Sunflower facility is now a fully-functioning mission hub that has hosted thousands of missioners.
The Mississippi Delta is one of the poorest areas in the United States — often described as ‘a third world country in the heart of America.’ Historically, the region has remained entrenched by the force of deep poverty.
According to the Census Bureau, as of 2018, more than 19.7 percent of Mississippians live below the poverty level. This makes the state the poorest in the nation.
The 18 counties that make up the region known as the Mississippi Delta have much higher poverty rates than the state average.
Because of this, the region has higher infant mortality rates than some third-world countries and has a lower life expectancy than Bangladesh, according to the Los Angeles Times and Bloomberg-Quint.
Sunflower United Methodist Church is situated right in the middle of the Delta in Sunflower County, which has a poverty level of 32.6 percent –almost three times higher than the national poverty average.
This provides a unique opportunity for the church and volunteers to make a large impact on a community in need.
David + Veronica Pritchard
Veronica Pritchard – Executive Director
David Pritchard – Construction Manager
Paula Barner – Office Administrator
Jeff Tatum, President
Giulianna Gray, Vice President
John Robert Griffin, Treasurer
Paula Barner, Secretary
Annie Parker Miller
Veronica Pritchard, Executive Director
David Pritchard, construction manager