Alvin Edwards

Pastor, Mt. Zion First African Baptist Church

The Rev. Dr. Alvin Edwards has been pastor of Mt. Zion First African Baptist Church in Charlottesville, Virginia, since 1981. A graduate of Wheaton College, he earned an M.Div. from Virginia Union University and a doctorate from George Mason University.

Edwards is the founder of the Charlottesville Clergy Collective. He has served on the Charlottesville City School Board and as the city’s mayor.

Nathalie Nelson Parker

Reflective Leadership Grants offer a step back

“The ability to slow down ... allowed me time to listen, explore and be more impactful for the communities I am called to serve.” 

— Nathalie Nelson Parker, Civitas Consulting Group 

Christian leaders from a variety of roles are welcome to apply. The grants provide “balcony time” to reflect on accomplishments, broaden perspectives and discern next steps. The application deadline is May 28, 2024.

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