Yehiel Curry is the Pastor of Shekinah Chapel, a mission community of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. His path to ministry began in 1996 when he discovered “The Simba (Safe in My Brothers’ Arms) Circle; an initiative of the ELCA to respond to youth violence and the need for mentorship among African American males in Chicago. Through that encounter Yehiel came in contact with Shekinah Chapel, a Lutheran ministry established to mentor young men and reach out to the unchurched in the community. The church’s commitment to youth convinced him to become part of this mission congregation. In 2005, after a change in leadership at Shekinah Chapel, Yehiel began to discern a call to ministry, which he had ignored for a long time. In 2007, Yehiel was accepted into the Theological Education for Emerging Ministries (TEEM) Program. In 2009, he was ordained and installed as pastor of Shekinah Chapel. He is currently a senior at Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, completing his Master of Divinity.