Disaster Response

Sonja Edd-Bennett

Director of the California-Nevada Conference Disaster Response Ministry
916-374-1525

 

The role of the Director of the California-Nevada Conference Disaster Response will be to represent and equip conference engagement with long term recovery groups in communities impacted by disasters, to increase the capacity of the conference to respond to future disasters, and to positively impact disaster survivors in their recovery process.
 
"I am so blessed to have the opportunity to serve within the Methodist Church in this role. God continually amazes me.  In my short 2 ½ years of participating in the church I have come to love the people and am moved by their commitment and willingness to jump in and serve those in need," says Edd-Bennett. "I have sensed a call to join in that work specifically through the UMC, and am excited to see how God is working it all out."
 
Edd-Bennett comes to the conference after seven years in ministry with The Salvation Army as the director of government relations for California and the director of programs for the Alhambra campus in Sacramento.  Prior to The Salvation Army, she worked in the Sacramento City Unified School District in the areas of school safety, youth development, and academic mentoring programs. Before the school district, she served as the Corps Officer (Executive Director/Pastor) for The Salvation Army in Visalia. 
 
She has served in leadership for the Northern California Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters and is the current President of the organization. Edd-Bennett has advocated at the State Capitol for strategies to improve communication between public agencies and volunteer organizations in all stages of disaster, and is now in the beginning stages of conversation on supporting mental health needs among survivors, and how to better provide the most vulnerable survivors much needed affordable housing in areas already experiencing a housing shortage.

She is married to the Rev. George Edd-Bennett, pastor at Lodi First United Methodist Church.  They are the parents of three adult children, Kaela, Emily, and Bradley, as well as companion dog Rollie.

Open hearts. Open minds. Open doors.