CHAT team members welcome the opportunity to engage with the community through public and private speaking engagements. The CHAT Speaks team provides you with a source for expert speakers, versed in a variety topics relating to urban ministry, racial reconciliation, thinking through poverty and culture, entrepreneurship, discerning vocational calling, nonprofit management and more. Our speakers are well-versed in these areas as a result of years in the trenches of nonprofit work in the urban setting.
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With a background in the corporate sector, nonprofit management and volunteering, Stephen is a wealth of knowledge in several topics including: communication styles; preferences and ways to think critically; thinking through poverty and culture; fund development; managing vs. leading; race in America; The Book of Nehemiah, and CHAT mission, vision and history.
Chief Development Officer
For nearly 7 years, Jonathan worked with Haiti Partners, mobilizing Haitian pastors & leaders to deepen in faith & engage for justice. A resident of Church Hill since 2012, he served as a tutor & volunteer for several years before joining CHAT's staff. Jonathan has helped lead workshops and seminars for over 2,000 attendees at the Urbana Missions Conference & CCDA Conference. He preaches regularly at East End Fellowship, where he and his wife are members. View his latest speaking engagement at East End Fellowship here.
Director of HR and Operations
Sara engages her visionary ability, people management and systems skills. An accomplished speaker, Sara founded Richmond Justice Initiative in 2009, and served as the Virginia State Justice Advocate for International Justice Mission for 5 years. Sara's expertise includes speaking about God's heart for Justice, nonprofit establishment and management, anti-human trafficking efforts, human resources, development and strategic relationship building.
Director of Young Adult Development
A champion and developer of young adult leaders, Paul has lived, served, and ministered in the Church Hill neighborhood for over a decade. Paul's commitment to leading young adults has built a strong background in the areas of discerning vocational calling, urban ministry, loving your neighbor, serving vs. helping and healthy expectations and perspectives.
Work Leadership Institute Director
Chris serves as the Work Leadership Institute Director, which began as a program we called Entrepreneurship, an outgrowth of our hugely successful life skills class, Nehemiah’s Workshop. Students learn wood working, screen printing, gardening and more, and even have the opportunity to run a student-led business to sell their products. Chis is able to speak on the topics of servant leadership, stewardship and entrepreneurship.
Director of Church and Community Engagement
Murray builds partnerships with churches, corporations and civic organizations while doing Christian Community Development in the East End. Also an ordained pastor, Murray's knowledge and experience is in justice, reconciliation, cross-cultural relationships, incarnational ministry, urban ministry, discipleship and the CHAT'S history. View Murray's latest speaking engagement at East End Fellowship and Community West Church.
Director, Tiny Tykes Preschool
Tiny Tykes is a cherished program in our family of offerings to the East End. Through interactive play and discovery in a safe and nurturing environment, Tiny Tykes provides learning activities that meet the spiritual, emotional, intellectual and physical needs of our children. Director Becca has lived and served in the neighborhood for several years as a teacher, neighbor, mother and pastor, bringing a wealth of experiences to speak on in the areas of children's ministry, urban ministry, and urban education.
Rev. Gina Maio
Head of School, Church Hill Academy
Church Hill Academy, an independent, Christian high school, is part of the CHAT family of programming. As Head of School, Gina leads the effort to equip students to achieve academic success, develop character and serve the community. Working with high school aged youth for over twenty years, she can speak to adults as well as youth. As an ordained minister, Gina often speaks about scripture, specifically social justice, reconciliation and servant leadership.