The mission of DurhamCares is to mobilize Durham residents and institutions to love their neighbors. We do this by partnering with communities as they identify their assets and meet their needs, cultivating a landscape for Christian Community Development through informing, inspiring, and connecting the city of Durham.

The programs we run based on this mission can be found on our programs page.

At DurhamCares we believe that there are no simple solutions to the complex challenges our city faces. We believe that the gifts our city has to offer are found throughout, even in places that have been overlooked. This is why we take a wholistic and community-driven approach, creating initiatives for collaboration and teaching principles that foster healthy community engagement in a variety of settings.

DurhamCares takes its mission inspiration from the story of the Good Samaritan – the call to love God first and love our neighbor as ourselves (Matt 22:37-39). Our vision is the biblical concept of shalom (Jer. 29:7), a comprehensive flourishing for all people. We envision a city where there is peace and justice, where there is nothing missing and nothing broken. 



Reynolds Chapman, Executive Director (




Rev. Dr. Keith Daniel, M.Ed

Board Chair

CCD Practitioner/Education Consultant

Mark Atkinson

Board Director

Retired Sr VP Kimley-Horn
Law Student NCCU
Patrick Bria

Board Director

Gina Chung

Board Director

Community Builder

Mimi Every

Board Director

Retired Executive Director
Desmera Gatewood

Board Director

Graduate Student
Christina Gonzalez

Board Director

Stewardship Coordinator
Duke Office of Development
K.J. Hill

Board Director

Associate Pastor
Charles Robinson

Board Director

The Thinker
Charles and Whitney, LLC
Joye Speight

Board Director


Rev. Joe Harvard (retired)

First Presbyterian Church

Rev. Chris Garrett

The Church of the Good Shepard

Rev. Dr. Warren Herndon

The City of Joy Church

Rev. Mel Williams (retired)

Watts Street Baptist Church

Kim Nichols

Union Baptist Church

Rev. Dr. Daphne Wiggins

Apex School of Theology

Cofounder: Henry Kaestner; co-founder of DurhamCares and

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