About

Central Detroit Christian Community Development Corporation (CDC) is a non-profit, faith based organization committed to empowering people, creating positive opportunities for the community and loving our neighbors as ourselves.

Vision

“Once again, men and women of ripe old age will sit in the streets . . . the city streets will be filled with boys and girls there. This is what the Lord Almighty says!”
-Zechariah 8:4-5

Mission

To transform individuals to reach their highest potential while transforming the community to be a place of peace and wholeness, “Shalom”.

About the Founder

Lisa is the Executive Director of Central Detroit Christian Community Development Corporation (CDC), a non-profit organization that she co-founded with Melvin Green in 1993. Central Detroit Christian CDC follows the tenets of the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA), relocate, reconcile, and redistribute. Lisa believes deep in her heart that the only way to serve a neighborhood is to live there and be a neighbor.

Detroit has been a racially and economically divided city for decades. Healing this divide takes time, presence, mutual trust, love and prayer. Redistribution of resources to remediate the resource and economic gap is a natural extension of the blessings we have received.

Central Detroit Christian CDC has aggregated resources from partner churches, our supporters, and foundations to help our neighbors get into affordable homes, learn new skills to get a job, get a house painted, and provide assistance during a crisis. Sometimes this means taking calls in the middle of the night to pray for and console a family that lost a loved one. Sometimes this means lending a helping hand during a time of need. Relocation, reconciliation and redistribution work together in Central Detroit to create peace (Shalom). Lisa, and her staff, strive towards the same goal, Shalom in the neighborhood and to hear Christ say, “Well done good and faithful servant!”

Lisa is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute and Wheaton College with a major in Education and Bible and a graduate of John Marshall Law School. Lisa’s husband Dan is active in several ministries, including The Urban Ministry Institute, TUMI, and Bring Our Men Back, BOMB Squad and Kingsmen, while holding down a job as an electrician. They have two children, Justin and Emma and many non-biological children. They live where they serve in central Detroit.

The Staff

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Calvin Kilgore

Assistant Property Manager

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Cathy Bindschadler

Aquaponics Manager

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Donovan Allen

Youth Director

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Evan Neubacher

Garden Production Manger

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Fikre Prince

Executive Director

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Helen Logan

Accounting

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Jonathan Shropshire

Manager, Youth Employment
& R.E.A.D.Y. Program

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Justin Johanon

Manager, Fit & Fold

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Lisa Johanon

Founder, Housing Director, Funds Development

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Lissy Gangwer

Pathways of Promise

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Matt Corbin

Property Manager, Solid Rock Property Management

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Natalia Whitley

Production Manager, City Kids Soup

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Nate Gangwer

Volunteer Coordinator

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Rick Sailes

Construction Manager

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Sarah Johnson

Financial Director

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Tracy Smith

Housing Counselor, Financial Wellness Coach

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Uclesha Ray

Manager, Peaches & Greens Market

Isaiah Foster

Reception Security

Emmanuel Benion

Reception Security

Board of Directors

Denise Gray (Chair of the Board)
Committee: Governance
Affiliation: 36th District Court; COMMUNITY

Marilyn Williams
Committee: Development
Affiliation: Retired from State of Michigan; COMMUNITY

James Ewing
Committee: Fund Development
Affiliation: J Ewing, LLC

Joy Greer
Committee: Fund Development
Affiliation: United Health Care

Quincy Jones (Treasurer)
Committee: Finance
Affiliation: Osborn Neighborhood Association, Community

Sarah Pavelko (Vice Chair)
Committee: Governance
Affiliation: DEGC; COMMUNITY

Jonathan Wynne
Committee: Governance
Affiliation: Kingdom Concepts

Laura Davis (Secretary)
Committee: Governance

Adam Smart
Committee: Fund Development

Courtney Eldridge
Committee: Governance
Affiliation: Huntington Bank

Sean White
Committee: Fund Development
Affiliation: Develop Detroit

Keona Cowan
Committee: Finance Committee
Affiliation: Invest Detroit

2019 Annual Report

2018 Annual Report

2017 Annual Report

2019 Independent Audit

2018 Independent Audit