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.


“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


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, 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

Donovan Allen

Coordinator, Youth Programs

Tony McDuffy

Programs Director

Helen Logan

Accounting Assistant

Justin Johanon

Manager, Fit and Fold

Tracy Smith

Housing Counselor & Financial Coach

Lisa Johanon

Executive Director

Lissy Gangwer

Pathways of Promise Staff

Matt Corbin

Manager Solid Rock Property Management

Nate Gangwer

Volunteer Coordinator

Russell Howard

Children’s Director

Sarah Johnson

Senior Accountant

Tanisha Finley

Family Advocate Pathways to Promise

Aiesha Jeter

Director Pathways of Promise

Curtis Mason

Youth Director

Board of Directors

Jason Hover (Chairman of the Board)
Committee: Finance
Affiliation: Blue Cross/Blue Shield

Denise Gray (Vice Chair)
Committee: Governance
Affiliation: 36th District Court; COMMUNITY

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

James Ewing
Committee: Development
Affiliation: Michigan Supreme Court

Joy Greer
Committee: Development
Affiliation: United Health Care

Quincy Jones
Committee: Finance
Affiliation: Osborn Neighborhood Association

Craig Nash
Committee: Development
Affiliation: Progressive Rehab

Sarah Pavelko
Committee: Governance
Affiliation: Corporate FACTS; COMMUNITY

Herman Shelton
Committee: Development
Affiliation: Right Choices, Inc.

George Thompson
Committee: Finance
Affiliation: Continental Group

Jonathan Wynne
Committee: Governance
Affiliation: Kingdom Concepts

Laura Davis
Committee: Governance

Adam Smart
Committee: Development

2018 Annual Report

2017 Annual Report

2018 Independent Audit

2017 Independent Audit