Press Release from Chester Eastside, Inc. October 30, 2016
Rev. Zuline Wilkinson, Chester Eastside, Inc.’s new Executive Director, has worked in a number of cities – her native Philadelphia, the Boston area in Massachusetts, and Trenton, New Jersey, to be speciﬁc – during a remarkable career as a social worker and member of the clergy. So one might be moved to ask, Why Chester? Without hesitation she replies, “I feel called by a passion and commitment to serve those in need in cities like Chester.
“I am excited about joining Chester Eastside, Inc. and building upon the strong foundation that has been laid by Rev. Warren,” say the new Exec. “It has long been my desire to offer my gifts in a faith-based context and I look forward to working with the CEI Board, staff, community volunteers, government agencies, religious organizations and stakeholder groups.”
There are needs that are common to any of these communities, she says. But she knows that Chester, like other urban centers, has its own distinctive characteristics. “It’s too easy to focus just on the problems and forget the strengths.”
Rev. Wilkinson starts her new duties on October 31. For the ﬁrst two weeks, she is busy getting acquainted with Chester Eastside and the community, working closely with Rev. Warren.
Rev. Wilkinson has a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary. As an undergraduate at Temple University, she majored in Spanish. Over the years, she has developed her leadership skills in senior positions at several social service agencies and medical facilities.
And she comes with a wealth of knowledge about communities like Chester; as she says, their strengths as well as their challenges.