Who We Are
As a Christian ministry, Justice Revival seeks to respond to the divine call to “do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with God.” We are moved by concern about the discrimination, injustice and violence that too many face when their fundamental human rights are violated. Believing that God’s unconditional love gives each person equal human dignity and worth-whatever our gender or race, religion or ethnicity, sexuality or nationality, means or ability-we are inspired to strive toward a more equitable and just society, where each person’s dignity and rights are respected. Justice Revival is broadly ecumenical and strictly nonpartisan.
Our mission is to inspire, educate, and mobilize Christian communities to respond faithfully to the call to justice by standing in solidarity with the oppressed and defending the human rights of all.
Our vision is a just and equitable society in which every person can experience abundant life because the human dignity of all people is respected, the human rights of all are safeguarded, and all are treated as beloved members of the human family, formed in the image of God.
Allyson McKinney Timm, Founder and Director
Allyson McKinney Timm is a theologically trained human rights lawyer whose commitment to justice ministry has been inspired by her faith journey. Her writing has appeared in Sojourners, California Lawyer, USA Today and The Independent.
As the Robert M. Cover-Allard K. Lowenstein Fellow in International Human Rights at Yale Law School, Allyson taught and supervised students in the Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic, addressing a wide range of issues such as early and forced marriage, human trafficking, religious liberty, and rights to education and housing. Long concerned by religious resistance to human rights in the United States, Allyson went on to earn a master’s of divinity degree at Yale Divinity School.
Previously, Allyson established and led the Uganda Field Office of International Justice Mission. Under her leadership, the IJM Uganda team initiated a program to defend the property and inheritance rights of vulnerable widows and orphans. They educated communities, represented victims, and pioneered a police training program.
Earlier in her career, Allyson was an associate with Latham & Watkins LLP, where she was part of a team that successfully advocated for reform of unlawful conditions in California’s juvenile prison system. She also served pro bono with the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, Office of the Prosecutor.
Allyson is an elder in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). She has been part of a diversity of Christian communities over the years and celebrates the special gifts of each. She is a proud aunt and godmother and an enthusiastic novice gardener.
Derick Dailey, Founding Board Member
Derick is a corporate litigation attorney at Dowd Bennett, LLP in St. Louis, where he concentrates on commercial matters across a range of industries. Derick graduated from Fordham University School of Law, where he was a Stein Scholar for Ethics and participated in the Institute for Religion and Lawyering. In law school Derick served as the James E. Johnson Legal Fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law and as Board Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the National Black Law Students Association, leading 6,000 alumni and student members around the world.
Previously Derick graduated from Yale University with a Master of Arts in religion and a concentration in Black religion in the African Diaspora. He was President of the Yale Black Seminarians and a Yale Public Service Fellow, and served as a Christian Educator at Bethel AME Church in New Haven and Newington United Church of Christ in Newington. While at Yale, Derick participated in global ecumenical convenings in Ghana, Zambia, Switzerland, and South Korea.
Derick earned his bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Religious Studies at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri. After graduating from Westminster, Derick returned home to Arkansas where he taught 5th and 6th grade as a Teach for America Corps member.
Derick has served two terms as a board member for Bread for the World and Bread for the World Institute. He is currently an executive committee board member for the National Yale Black Alumni Association. He is a lifelong member of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.
James E. Ehrman, Founding Board Member
“It is my conviction that Christianity is most true to itself when involved in the risky business of cultural engagement and hence my research, teaching, and strategic planning interests follow that idea.” Jim lives into this statement by serving as the Dean of Academic Programs and the Assistant Professor of Leadership and Culture at Evangelical Seminary.
Previously, Jim served as the Executive Director for Love146, an international anti-human trafficking organization headquartered in New Haven, Connecticut. Before joining Love146, he served as the Executive Director of the World Christianity Initiative at Yale University. In that role, he aided both Yale University and the Western Church at-large in its engagement with the explosive growth of the worldwide Church. Inspiration for that focus stemmed from Jim’s years as a commissioned missionary and later as Director of Global Ministries for the Evangelical Congregational Church, a role in which he facilitated a world-wide service workforce and relationships with several hundred international churches, as well as relief and development works in several nations.
Jim has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from The Pennsylvania State University and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Master of Arts in Religion in World Christianity and Mission from Yale Divinity School. He is currently in the dissertation phase of his PhD at Eastern University.
In his plethora of spare time, Jim enjoys construction projects and motorcycling—but rarely simultaneously.
Jennifer Gee, Founding Board Member
Jennifer Gee is an Elder in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and has been an active member of Calvary Presbyterian Church in San Francisco for almost 20 years. Jen is passionate about helping youth in their faith journeys and finds that teenagers’ questions help keep her own faith fresh. Active on Calvary’s Personnel Mission Team, Jen has leveraged her experience in organizational development, communications, and change management to help the congregation navigate significant change over the past 10 years.
With the example of Jesus’ life as her model, Jen has advocated for Calvary’s congregation to use its voice and influence to speak out on critical justice issues that our country and world are grappling with today. Jen believes that people of faith are called to follow Jesus’ example even when it is scary or inconvenient. She also believes that putting grace and love at the center of our dialogue is critical to bridging differences and finding common ground.
Jen calls both Flagstaff, Arizona, where she grew up, and San Francisco, where she’s spent the last 18 years, home. Jen has spent the last 25+ years as an international communications professional in a variety of industries and is currently on a sabbatical. She’s studied or worked in Germany, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Mainland China, Japan and the United States. She loves traveling, hiking, and reading great books.
Erin Grayson, Founding Board Member
Erin Grayson is a certified candidate for ordained ministry in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and a graduate of Yale Divinity School. She has served the Lyme Union Chapel as interim pastor and the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme, Connecticut as the youth and family ministerial intern. Her academic interests include Reformation history and the intersection of theology and literature. Pastorally, she is committed to building up and inspiring God’s community to live according to Jesus’ great commandment: to love God with all our hearts, souls, and minds, and to love our neighbors as ourselves.
Even before divinity school, Erin’s career was informed by her faith and fueled by her desire to create a more peaceful world. She has interned in the pressroom at the U.S. State Department, worked for Human Rights Watch, conducted research on the Rwandan genocide and served on the conflict resolution team at The Carter Center. She taught foreign language and creative writing to high school students for five years.
Erin and her husband Tony have three great kids, Aiden, Corinne, and Caleb, and their family has just relocated to the Bay Area. You can follow Erin’s blog at www.erinkgrayson.com, where she writes about the art of faithful living.