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Movement Day Charlotte 2019

March 16, 2019 / 7:30a – 4:30p
Charlotte Convention Center
Charlotte, NC

Movement Day Charlotte 2018 Highlights

  • “Movement Day Charlotte was the most significant gathering of Christian leaders in Charlotte since Billy Graham‘s crusade in the 1990s.”


    Leighton Ford
    President, Leighton Ford Ministries

  • “Our city is poised for tremendous change and I am confident that this gathering will be one of the key elements that catalyzes leaders for what is to come. This will be something you won’t want to miss!”


    Nicole Martin
    Charlotte City Mobilizer, American Bible Society

  • “Movement Day is a time to celebrate what God is doing, see God’s vision, and hear God’s call to serve our city. The possibilities are immense. Imagine all God’s people in Charlotte united in a movement of loving, compassionate service for the whole city. Movement Day is a critical next step for collaboration and Kingdom impact for Charlotte. I will not miss it.”


    John Bernard
    President, United World Mission

  • “Movement Day has a unique ability to gather influential Christian leaders from every sector of society to engage the most pressing Gospel needs of the city. Mark your calendars to attend Movement Day Charlotte. It’s going to be an incredible time!”


    Dave Hickman
    Regional President | Apartment Life

Speakers


Plenary Speakers


  • Claude Alexander

    Claude Alexander
    Senior Pastor, The Park Church


  • Casey Crawford

    Casey Crawford
    Founder and CEO, Movement Mortgage


  • Alex Kennedy

    Alex Kennedy
    Senior Pastor, Carmel Baptist Church


  • Bob Doll

    Bob Doll
    Senior Portfolio Manager, Chief Equity Strategist, Nuveen Asset Management, LLC


  • Dave Runyon

    Dave Runyon
    Executive Director, CityUnite


  • Frank Harrison

    Frank Harrison
    Chairman & CEO, Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated


  • John Parker

    John Parker
    Outreach Director, Forest Hill Church


  • John Putnam

    John Putnam
    President, NCF Carolinas


  • Lucas Ramirez

    Lucas Ramirez
    Director, The Gathering Place


  • Munro Richardson

    Munro Richardson
    Executive Director, Read Charlotte


  • Nicole Martin

    Nicole Martin
    Senior Mobilizer, American Bible Society


  • Nicole Taylor

    Nicole Taylor
    Executive Director, Congregations for Kids


  • Peter Greer

    Peter Greer
    President & CEO, HOPE International


  • Rob Kelly

    Rob Kelly
    President & CEO, FORCLT


  • Stephanie Cooper-Lewter

    Stephanie Cooper-Lewter
    Executive Director, Leading on Opportunity


  • Vi Lyles

    Vi Lyles
    Mayor of Charlotte

Track Speakers


  • Daniel McCollum

    Daniel McCollum
    CEO, Torrent Consulting


  • Dave Runyon

    Dave Runyon
    Executive Director, CityUnite


  • John Putnam

    John Putnam
    President, NCF Carolinas


  • Lucas Ramirez

    Lucas Ramirez
    Director, The Gathering Place


  • Munro Richardson

    Munro Richardson
    Executive Director, Read Charlotte


  • Nicole Taylor

    Nicole Taylor
    Executive Director, Congregations for Kids

Claude Alexander
Senior Pastor, The Park Church

Bishop Claude Alexander is Senior Pastor of The Park Church in Charlotte, NC.  Under his leadership, The Park has grown from one local congregation of 600 members to a global ministry of thousands with three locations and weekly international reach.  A leader among both Christian and civic organizations, Bishop Alexander has worked with government and community officials to address the community’s most critical issues. Over the years, he has served as a board member of the Urban League of Central Carolinas, United Way, the Arts and Science Council, the N.A.A.C.P. Educational Committee, the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Culture, and The Community Building Initiative. In addition, Bishop Alexander is the immediate past president of the Hampton University Ministers Conference. He currently serves on the board of the Charlotte Center City Partners, Christianity Today, Wycliffe Bible Translators, Mission America Coalition Facilitation Committee, the For Charlotte Mission Network and as Vice-Chair of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Co-Chair of Gordon-Conwell Charlotte Board of Advisors, and Vice-Presiding Bishop of the Kingdom Association of Covenant Pastors.

Bishop Alexander has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from Morehouse College (1985), a Master of Divinity Degree from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary (1988), and a Doctor of Ministry Degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (2004). In 2013, Bishop Alexander extended his many roles to include that of author. He published his first book, Necessary Christianity, through which he examines the ‘must’ statements of and about Jesus Christ within the Gospels.

Bishop Alexander is committed to his family above all else. He is married to Dr. Kimberly Nash Alexander and is the proud father of two daughters, Camryn Rene and Carsyn Richelle.

Casey Crawford
Founder and CEO, Movement Mortgage

Casey Crawford, a former NFL Super Bowl champion, co-founded Movement Mortgage amid the 2008 financial crisis. Taking note of the glaring inadequacies in mortgage lending, Casey aimed to build a company that glorified God and emphasized His command to love our neighbors. Under Casey’s leadership as CEO, the company is one of the nation’s 10 largest retail mortgage lenders. Movement is also a 5-time member of the Inc. 5000 list of America’s fastest-growing companies, has been certified as a national Great Place to Work and one of the Charlotte Business Journal’s Healthiest Employers.  Chief among Casey’s priorities is the work of the Movement Foundation, which uses the mortgage company’s profits to bring life, light and hope to the underserved. Since its founding in 2012, Movement Foundation has invested more than $25 million in causes that include opening the Movement Center, a coworking space for ministries and nonprofits, and the Movement School, a tuition-free public charter school serving students in kindergarten through second grade. Casey worships at Transformation Church and lives in Charlotte with his wife Michelle and their two daughters.

Alex Kennedy
Senior Pastor, Carmel Baptist Church

Pastor Alex began his walk with Christ when a friend in Elizabethtown, NC named John reached out to the “new guy” at East Bladen H.S. and shared the gospel with him. He was then discipled through the ministry of Fellowship of Christian Athletes at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill where he ran track for two years. He met his wife Christy (Alexander) who grew up in Asheville while attending FCA. After graduation and a short stint as a youth pastor in Durham, they moved to Virginia Beach, Va. to attend seminary at Regent University.

After a long and beautiful season of pastoring in Katy, Texas, Pastor Alex joined the Carmel team as Senior Pastor in October of 2012.

His pastoral passions are…

shepherding and loving his wife and family
preaching the gospel
pouring into men to lead, love, and serve their families
equipping the church to ‘make disciples of those Nearest, our Neighbors, and the Nations.’

Alex and Christy have four children. Joy and Zach who live in Houston, Anna Grace who lives abroad and Lexi who lives upstairs.

Bob Doll
Senior Portfolio Manager, Chief Equity Strategist, Nuveen Asset Management, LLC

Bob Doll is Chief Equity Strategist and Senior Portfolio Manager at Nuveen Asset Management. Bob manages the Large Cap Equity Series. Board chair of The New York City Leadership Center, he serves on a number of other boards including the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, Word of Life Fellowship, New Canaan Society, Kingdom Advisors, National Christian Foundation, The Lausanne Movement, The New York City Leadership Center, Cairn University, the Wharton Graduate Executive Board, and the Princeton HealthCare System. He is also choir director at his local church. Bob and Leslie have three children.

Dave Runyon
Executive Director, CityUnite

Dave Runyon helps faith, business, and government leaders unite around common causes in the Denver metro area. He serves as the Executive Director of CityUnite and as a consultant for businesses who have a desire to make a positive impact in their communities.

Dave helped to start a neighboring movement in 2010 that has now spread to over 3,000 churches around the country. This experience prompted him to co-author “The Art of Neighboring,” which was published by Baker Books. He speaks locally and nationally encouraging leaders to collaborate for the good of their cities. Before founding CityUnite, Dave served as a pastor for ten years at Foothills Community Church and The Next Level Church. He graduated from Colorado State University where he studied history, economics, and education. Dave and his wife, Lauren, have four kids and do not plan to have any more.

Frank Harrison
Chairman & CEO, Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated

J. Frank Harrison, III officially began his career with Coca-Cola Consolidated in 1977, but his roots in the Coca-Cola system date back to 1902, when his great-grandfather, J.B. Harrison first introduced Coca-Cola to the Carolinas. Early in his career Frank worked in a number of entry level positions including running routes and operating bottling lines.

He graduated from the University of North Carolina with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration, and in 1983 he obtained an MBA from Duke University. Since 1977, Frank has served in a variety of operational and leadership roles throughout the company until becoming Chairman & CEO in 1996.

As the fourth generation family leader of what has become the nation’s largest independent Coca-Cola bottler, Frank is focused on creating a culture of servant leaders whose values and actions honor God. Even though Coca-Cola Consolidated is a public company, Frank believes that God owns it all. He sees himself as the “chief steward,” accountable to the Owner for using the resources he has been entrusted with to make a positive difference in the lives of over 17,000 employees and their communities.

In 2008, Frank and his late son James Franklin Harrison, IV co-founded With Open Eyes, a public, non-profit ministry dedicated to equipping leaders throughout the world who serve those in need, share the message of Jesus Christ and disciple believers. Frank has personally led multiple teams to the war torn country of Sudan, just one of the countries where With Open Eyes is currently focusing its efforts.

Some of Frank’s Harrison’s directorial affiliations include several well known organizations:
Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated, Chairman/CEO
The Coca-Cola Bottlers’ Association, Board of Governors
American Beverage Association, past Chairman,
Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Board of Directors
With Open Eyes, Co-Founder/Board Chairman
YMCA of Greater Charlotte, Board of Trustees, past Chairman
Youth Commission International, Board of Trustees, past Chairman

Frank lives in Charlotte, NC but also enjoys spending time on his farm outside of Charlotte with his wife Jan of 41 years, their three married daughters, and six grandchildren.

John Parker
Outreach Director, Forest Hill Church

John has served as Outreach Director for Forest Hill Church in Charlotte since 2004. In his role, he directs all local and global outreach, including partner development, city engagement, and global missions. He oversees the stewardship of the church’s Outreach budget, which involves the administration of 18% of the church’s annual operating budget. John also engages in shaping the church’s important strategic initiatives as part of the Vision Team.

Prior to joining staff at Forest Hill, John served as Director of Leadership Development with the YMCA of Greater Charlotte from 2002-2004, where he initiated the Servant Leadership Academy. Previously, he operated an organizational development consultancy focused on small-to-mid sized businesses and non-profits. He spent the first 15 years of his career in the financial services industry. From 1988-2001, he held various leadership positions with First Union Corporation, specializing in key strategic business units and corporate initiatives during a period of rapid expansion through merger and acquisitions.

Over the past 13 years, John has served on numerous Boards, including Urban Promise Charlotte, YMCA of Greater Charlotte, African Leadership and Reconciliation Ministries, and South America Mission.

John and his wife, Babbs live in the Charlotte area and have three grown children: Davis (23), Raleigh (21), and McKenzie (19). He enjoys golf, snow skiing, reading, and volunteering.

John Putnam
President, NCF Carolinas

John is an author, speaker, Kingdom entrepreneur and non-profit leader of NCF Carolinas. He led a thriving financial services practice for over 20 years advising high-capacity families and private businesses around their personal & business planning, life goals and community impact. Following his passion for stewardship, he closed his practice in 2012 and launched a Charlotte, NC affiliate of National Christian Foundation. On January 1, 2018, the office merged with NCF Raleigh to become NCF Carolinas, working with families, advisors and the organizations they love, mobilizing resources by inspiring biblical generosity through the latest charitable giving strategies and tools so every person is reached and restored through the love of Christ. To His glory alone, God has used the NCF Carolinas team to help mobilize hundreds of millions of dollars for Kingdom impact. John’s professional background is as a former Certified Financial Planner, a trained Life Planner through The Paterson Center and a graduate of Charlotte Leadership Forum. He has worked alongside the Halftime organization, a two-time graduate of The Masters Program and a past Strategic Coach participant. John enjoys sharing through media, workshops and his website at JohnPutnam.com where you can read the first chapter of his book, He Spends She Spends – Why God Wants You to Live for Free, and learn about the accompanying 5-week curriculum for churches and life groups. John grew up on a cattle farm in Cherryville, NC (that’s ‘Churvul’ for you locals ☺), attended college at N.C. State, has been married to Anne for 30 years, has three incredible children and they worship at Church at Charlotte.

Lucas Ramirez
Director, The Gathering Place

Lucas Ramirez is a non-profit executive, author and keynote speaker to a diverse group of audiences including students, politicians, CEOs, educators, pastors and leaders. He has spoken at venues such as the Catalyst Conference, TEDx, and the Georgia House of Representatives and has been featured on Fox & Friends. He is an organizational leadership expert and loves sharing and learning new ideas.

Ramirez lives out his passion for raising up the next generation of leaders in his role as the President and CEO of The Gathering Place, an innovative student mentoring and Christian leadership development organization in Georgia that impacts nearly 10,000 students annually.

Ramirez is also the author of Designed for More: Unleashing Christ’s Vision for Unity in a Deeply Divided World, which FaithWords released in June 2018. By drawing lessons from a beautiful natural phenomenon of flocking starlings known as a “murmuration,” Ramirez, with co-author Mike DeVito, offers seven principles for how Christians can move in unity. The follow-up book will apply the murmuration principles to businesses, schools, teams and communities.

Ramirez was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. At the age of six, he immigrated to the United States with his family. He earned a degree from Eastern University and served as a youth director for the Wesley United Methodist Church for over five years before stepping into executive roles at The Gathering Place.

He is married to his college sweetheart, Thea, who is the founder and CEO of Adoption-Share. The couple has three children and lives on the Georgia coast.

Munro Richardson
Executive Director, Read Charlotte

Munro co-founded two education technology startup companies and is now leading Read Charlotte, an initiative to double the number of third graders reading on grade level in Mecklenburg County from 40% to 80% by 2025. Munro worked for ten years at the Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City, Missouri, before joining Read Charlotte. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas, masters degrees from Harvard University and Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar, and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois

Nicole Martin
Senior Mobilizer, American Bible Society

Reverend Doctor Nicole Martin was born and educated in Baltimore, Maryland. She graduated magna cum laude from Vanderbilt University with a triple major in Human and Organizational Development, Educational Studies, and French.

Dr. Martin received her Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary where she was the recipient of the Jones Prize in Music and the Swink Prize in Preaching. During her time in seminary, she served as the Director of Evangelism at St. James AME Church in Newark, New Jersey and spent a summer in ministry at Mandalay Baptist Church in Cape Town, South Africa. She earned a Doctor of Ministry at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary with an emphasis on African American Redemptive Leadership.

Dr. Martin is currently the Assistant Professor of Ministry and Leadership Development at Gordon-Conwell in Charlotte. She is also a consultant with American Bible Society where she serves churches in the city to equip them for greater engagement in God’s Word. She is a minister at The Park Church in Charlotte, North Carolina under the direction of Bishop Claude Richard Alexander, Jr, where she formerly served as the Executive Minister.

She has been inducted into the prestigious Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Board of Preachers at Morehouse College. Dr. Martin is a gifted writer and author of the book, Made to Lead: Empowering Women for Ministry. She is a regular columnist for the Faith and Values section of The Charlotte Observer, is a contributor for Christianity Today, and was also named one of the “Top Seven to Watch in 2011” by The Charlotte Observer. Most recently, she was named one of the “Top 40 Under 40 for 2017” by the Charlotte Business Journal.

Dr. Martin has been selected to participate in ministries locally and globally, including the Lausanne Younger Leaders Conference in Indonesia, the Evangelical thought leaders gathering in Israel and being appointed by the Mayor to serve as the faith-based representative on the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Housing Advisory Board. Dr. Martin is also the founder of The Clergywomen of Charlotte and Executive Director of SoulFire International Ministries, which focuses on empowering others to reach their fullest potential in Christ.

Dr. Martin is married to her best friend, Minister Mark Martin, and they have two beautiful daughters, Addison and Josephine. Above all, she has a passion for God, a contagious excitement for the Gospel, and an insatiable desire that God be glorified in her life and in the world.

Nicole Taylor
Executive Director, Congregations for Kids

A former journalist, Nicole Taylor, has spent much of her life telling stories of vulnerable children and families. In 2009, she began working with a non-profit that focuses on international orphan care giving her the opportunity to travel to several third world countries. In 2015, Nicole and her husband felt led to become foster parents and after the experience of their first foster son, Nicole’s focus shifted to what was happening with the foster system in Charlotte, NC. Earlier this year, Nicole joined the Congregations for Kids (CFK) team as their executive director. CFK works to unite the Church in transforming the lives of vulnerable children in the city.

Peter Greer
President & CEO, HOPE International

Peter Greer is President and CEO of HOPE International, a global Christ-centered microenterprise development organization serving throughout Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Eastern Europe. Prior to joining HOPE, Peter worked internationally as a microfinance advisor in Cambodia and Zimbabwe and managing director of Urwego Community Bank in Rwanda. He is a graduate of Messiah College and received a master’s in public policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School. Peter has co-authored over 10 books, including Mission Drift which was selected as a 2015 Book Award Winner from Christianity Today. More important than his occupation is his role as husband to Laurel and dad to Keith, Liliana, and Myles.

Rob Kelly
President & CEO, FORCLT

Rob Kelly serves as the founding President & CEO of For Charlotte. In this role, Rob is the primary directional leader of Movement Day Charlotte, the lead author of the Charlotte State of the City Report and architect of the For Charlotte network platform. Prior to this, Rob served 13 years as a pastor, along with numerous other leadership positions, including co-founding CHARLOTTE/ONE and lecturing at Gordon-Conwell Seminary. Rob is a graduate of the University of Washington and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary-Charlotte. Rob is married to Ani, and they are the proud parents of Addison and RJ.

Stephanie Cooper-Lewter
Executive Director, Leading on Opportunity

Dr. Stephanie Kripa Cooper-Lewter is a longtime leader in the nonprofit and philanthropic communities, devoted to the cause of equal opportunity for all. She is the Executive Director of Leading on Opportunity, charged with addressing the finding that Charlotte ranks last among the 50 largest U.S. cities in upward mobility.

Dr. Cooper-Lewter comes to Charlotte from Columbia, S.C., where since 2016 she served as Vice President of Initiatives and Public Policy for the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina. With assets of $110 million, the Foundation has invested more than $67 million statewide over 20 years to reduce poverty. She managed the Foundation’s organizational strategy and mission effectiveness, ensuring community engagement and impact. Her signature portfolios included supporting fatherhood, immigrant families, kinship care and advocating for public policy system changes. She also led the Foundation’s diversity, equity and inclusion investments statewide. Before joining the Foundation staff in 2009 as Senior Research Director, she served from 2007-2009 as Director of Research and Evaluation for Healthy Learners in Columbia, helping children secure access to basic health care. She previously served (2002-2004) as President & Chief Executive Officer of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Columbia. In that role, she was the first Indian American CEO in the United Way of the Midlands community partner network. While living in Minnesota, she worked as a school and hospital social worker, as well as in child welfare. In all, she brings nearly 25 years of experience to her nonprofit service.

Dr. Cooper-Lewter’s inspiring story informs her passion. Left in a cradle on the doorstep of Mother Teresa’s orphanage in Kanpur, India, she was placed with an Indian foster family. She arrived in the United States as a toddler on an immigrant orphan visa through international adoption. Her American adoptive mother raised her in Minnesota. Difficult beginnings taught her to see the infinite possibilities in any situation, no matter what the statistics predict.

With community support, Dr. Cooper-Lewter, 45, transformed her own young adult challenges into achievement as a single mother. At age 22, with her two-year-old daughter beside her, she graduated in 1995 from Bethel College in St. Paul, Minn., with a Bachelor of Social Work degree. She went on to earn a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Minnesota in 1999. In 2012, she received her Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina’s College of Social Work and received the 2017 Alumna of the Year Award. In 2013, she completed the Certified Personal and Executive Coaching Program through the Coaching and Positive Psychology Institute. In 2015, she became a graduate of the Spring Midlands Diversity Leaders Initiative through the Riley Institute at Furman University and is a Riley Fellow. In 2018, she received the College of Education and Human Development Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Minnesota.

She currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Southeastern Council of Foundations, and previously served as a Board member of Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees.

Vi Lyles
Mayor of Charlotte

Viola Lyles serves as the 59th and current mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina, since 2017. Lyles was a member of the Charlotte City Council before taking office as mayor. Her commitment to leading us toward a better Charlotte has remained unwavering for her career in public service for over 40 years.

Daniel McCollum
CEO, Torrent Consulting

Daniel is the CEO of Torrent Consuliting and is passionate about:

Dave Runyon
Executive Director, CityUnite

Dave Runyon helps faith, business, and government leaders unite around common causes in the Denver metro area. He serves as the Executive Director of CityUnite and as a consultant for businesses who have a desire to make a positive impact in their communities.

Dave helped to start a neighboring movement in 2010 that has now spread to over 3,000 churches around the country. This experience prompted him to co-author “The Art of Neighboring,” which was published by Baker Books. He speaks locally and nationally encouraging leaders to collaborate for the good of their cities. Before founding CityUnite, Dave served as a pastor for ten years at Foothills Community Church and The Next Level Church. He graduated from Colorado State University where he studied history, economics, and education. Dave and his wife, Lauren, have four kids and do not plan to have any more.

John Putnam
President, NCF Carolinas

John is an author, speaker, Kingdom entrepreneur and non-profit leader of NCF Carolinas. He led a thriving financial services practice for over 20 years advising high-capacity families and private businesses around their personal & business planning, life goals and community impact. Following his passion for stewardship, he closed his practice in 2012 and launched a Charlotte, NC affiliate of National Christian Foundation. On January 1, 2018, the office merged with NCF Raleigh to become NCF Carolinas, working with families, advisors and the organizations they love, mobilizing resources by inspiring biblical generosity through the latest charitable giving strategies and tools so every person is reached and restored through the love of Christ. To His glory alone, God has used the NCF Carolinas team to help mobilize hundreds of millions of dollars for Kingdom impact. John’s professional background is as a former Certified Financial Planner, a trained Life Planner through The Paterson Center and a graduate of Charlotte Leadership Forum. He has worked alongside the Halftime organization, a two-time graduate of The Masters Program and a past Strategic Coach participant. John enjoys sharing through media, workshops and his website at JohnPutnam.com where you can read the first chapter of his book, He Spends She Spends – Why God Wants You to Live for Free, and learn about the accompanying 5-week curriculum for churches and life groups. John grew up on a cattle farm in Cherryville, NC (that’s ‘Churvul’ for you locals ☺), attended college at N.C. State, has been married to Anne for 30 years, has three incredible children and they worship at Church at Charlotte.

Lucas Ramirez
Director, The Gathering Place

Lucas Ramirez is a non-profit executive, author and keynote speaker to a diverse group of audiences including students, politicians, CEOs, educators, pastors and leaders. He has spoken at venues such as the Catalyst Conference, TEDx, and the Georgia House of Representatives and has been featured on Fox & Friends. He is an organizational leadership expert and loves sharing and learning new ideas.

Ramirez lives out his passion for raising up the next generation of leaders in his role as the President and CEO of The Gathering Place, an innovative student mentoring and Christian leadership development organization in Georgia that impacts nearly 10,000 students annually.

Ramirez is also the author of Designed for More: Unleashing Christ’s Vision for Unity in a Deeply Divided World, which FaithWords released in June 2018. By drawing lessons from a beautiful natural phenomenon of flocking starlings known as a “murmuration,” Ramirez, with co-author Mike DeVito, offers seven principles for how Christians can move in unity. The follow-up book will apply the murmuration principles to businesses, schools, teams and communities.

Ramirez was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. At the age of six, he immigrated to the United States with his family. He earned a degree from Eastern University and served as a youth director for the Wesley United Methodist Church for over five years before stepping into executive roles at The Gathering Place.

He is married to his college sweetheart, Thea, who is the founder and CEO of Adoption-Share. The couple has three children and lives on the Georgia coast.

Munro Richardson
Executive Director, Read Charlotte

Munro co-founded two education technology startup companies and is now leading Read Charlotte, an initiative to double the number of third graders reading on grade level in Mecklenburg County from 40% to 80% by 2025. Munro worked for ten years at the Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City, Missouri, before joining Read Charlotte. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas, masters degrees from Harvard University and Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar, and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois

Nicole Taylor
Executive Director, Congregations for Kids

A former journalist, Nicole Taylor, has spent much of her life telling stories of vulnerable children and families. In 2009, she began working with a non-profit that focuses on international orphan care giving her the opportunity to travel to several third world countries. In 2015, Nicole and her husband felt led to become foster parents and after the experience of their first foster son, Nicole’s focus shifted to what was happening with the foster system in Charlotte, NC. Earlier this year, Nicole joined the Congregations for Kids (CFK) team as their executive director. CFK works to unite the Church in transforming the lives of vulnerable children in the city.