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.


Our vision is that “Once again men and women of ripe old age will sit in the streets, each of them with cane in hand because of their age, telling stories to one another. The city streets will be filled with boys and girls playing there” Zach 8:4-5.


Our mission is that through education, employment and economic development, Central Detroit Christian CDC strives to transform individuals to reach their highest potential while transforming the community to be a place of Shalom (peace and wholeness).

About the Founder

Lisa is the Founder and 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 property management as well. They have two children, Justin and Emma and many non-biological children. They live where they serve in central Detroit.

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The Staff

Arleen Allen

Pathways of Promise
Center Director

Cathy Bindschadler

Adamah Farms

Dan Johanon

Solid Rock Property Management

Danielle Franklin

Intake Specialist

Erica Mixon

Community Advocate

Evan Neubacher

Garden Production Manager

Helen Logan


Justin Johanon

Manager, Fit & Fold

Lisa Johanon

Executive Director/Housing Director

Matt Corbin

Real Estate Development

Megan Williams

Assistant Youth Director

Micah Williams

Youth Director

Mimi Jamila Trent

Housing Counselor

Nate Gangwer

Operations Director, Volunteer Coordinator

Nate Phillips

Property Manager, Solid Rock Property Management

Rick Sailes

Construction Manager

Sarah Johnson

Finance Director

Stephanie Avery

Education Director

Tabitha Ramos

Peaches & Greens Produce Operations Manager

Tanisha Frasard


Tracy Smith

Housing Counselor, Financial Wellness Coach

Kyle Lake

Program Director

Shanell Riddick

Building Maintenance

Britney Hardy


Chris Martin

Maintenance Tech

Donnell Reed

Maintenance Tech

DeShawn Lott

Youth Sports Tech

Christa Cuffie

Youth Sports Tech

Darrell Horton

Asst. Construction Manager

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

Carly Mitchell
Committee: Fund Development

Jonathan Wynne (Secretary)
Committee: Governance
Affiliation: Kingdom Concepts

Courtney Eldridge
Committee: Governance
Affiliation: Huntington Bank

Keona Cowan
Committee: Finance Committee
Affiliation: Invest Detroit

Renard Wilson
Committee: Fund Development
Affiliation: Community

Ken Hoganson
Committee: Governance

Kevin Watkins
Committee: Finance

Brian Meagher
Committee: Fund Development

Chris Meagher
Committee: Governance

2023 Annual Report

2022 Independent Audit