Mission & Justice

Our Mission

Following in the Way of Jesus involves living out our faith through active engagement in the world. Through our Justice Ministries, we strive to live as Jesus lived—loving our neighbors, standing with the oppressed, enacting mercy, working for justice, caring for God’s Creation, and working for a more just and equitable world.

At the beginning of his ministry, Jesus announced:
 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” (Luke 4:18-19).
As people called and sent by God, empowered by the Spirit, we seek to embody Jesus’ ministry with and for individuals and communities whose fullness of life and inclusion is not yet realized. We often use terms like “the margins,” “the oppressed,” and “the poor” to name the reality of inequality and inequities in our world.
Our mission is to join God and these communities in proclaiming and upholding the dignity and humanity of all God’s people through the transformation of our own lives and communities to be more reflective of God’s shalom.

Our Justice Ministries

Radcliffe Room

For more than 45 years, NYAPC has invited people experiencing homelessness to a Sunday morning breakfast from 8:15 am – 9:45 am.

In addition to breakfast, the Radcliffe Room offers a clothing closet where guests can receive clothing and toiletries.

Community Club

For more than 60 years, Community Club has been pairing students from DC public and charter schools with adult volunteers for one-on-one mentoring.


Since 1999, NYAPC has partnered with First Presbyterian-Reformed Church of Havana, Cuba. Most years, people from several local Presbyterian churches go to Cuba to take supplies and foster relationships.


Since 2007, NYAPC has partnered with the Njoro Presbyterian Church of East Africa (P.C.E.A.) to support the Njoro KENYAPC Orphan and Vulnerable Children (OVC) Program. This program provides essential support to vulnerable children and their families in Njoro, Kenya.

Returning Citizens

NYAPC is part of the Returning Citizens Assistance Network (RCAN), a coalition of Washington, DC congregations addressing short-term needs of returning citizens. RCAN assists with clothing, food, housing, mentorship, employment support, and more for those reentering society.

Our Partners

Discover the incredible impact we create through our strong partnerships. We believe in the power of collaboration and are honored to work alongside our valued partners to make a meaningful difference in our local community and beyond.