Robert (Bob) Downs, Board Chairperson
Bob Downs joined the Board of Greater Dayton Christian Connection (GDCC) in 2012. He is a graduate of Cornell University in Ithaca NY with a Bachelors of Engineering Physics (’71) and Masters in Applied Physics (’73) with a biophysics emphasis. He spent 30 years in the Air Force as an engineer, physicist and program manager and also consulted for the Georgia Tech Research Institute in Atlanta GA and Riverside Research Institute in New York NY. Bob is an active member of GDCC’s Creation Connection; his involvement driven by his belief in a Creator God who expects us to “tend the Garden” and concern that we are failing that commission. He founded the Green Team at his home church and is a Board Member of Ohio Interfaith Power and Light. He co-chairs the Creation Care Task Force of the West Ohio Conference, United Methodist Church, and supports in the denominational ministry, Caretakers of God’s Creation. As a member of the GDCC Board, Bob worked on the annual community Easter Sunrise service in Carillon Park, and he recently organized an ecumenical service to honor military veterans as part of the Patriots Freedom Festival at the Dayton VA Center on Memorial Day week-end. Bob resides in Dayton OH with his wife, Barbara. They have two grown children and are members of Christ United Methodist Church in Kettering OH.
Barbara Hayden, Board Vice Chairperson
Barbara is a native of Dayton, Ohio. She is one of six children; a graduate of Dunbar High School Class of 1964; graduated from the Southern Ohio Business College receiving a certificate in Data Processing. She is a lifelong member of Dixon United Methodist Church. Her heart lead her to serving on the Senior Usher Board; Communion Steward; President of Dixon’s United Methodist Women and the Trustee Board. She was employed with NCR Corporation for twelve years. Retired December 31, 2012 after twenty-eight (2() years from the Alcohol Drug Addiction and Mental Services Board for Montgomery County. Barbara is the proud mother of a son and three grandsons. Hobbies are walking, bowling, crocheting and reading. Barbara volunteers throughout the community.
Ina Green, Board Treasurer
Mrs. Ina Green is involved in various organizations showing her passion and commitment for making a difference in her community and the world. After working for 35 years at General Motors Corporation, she retired and became more involved with serving her church Summit Christian (Disciples of Christ) and volunteering in the community. One of her greatest loves is working with people to bring about peace, justice, love, and understanding our rights as citizens in this country. As a devoted Summit member she is actively involved in service as Christian Women’s Fellowship Vice President, Deaconess, study and worship leader for the CWF (Deborah Group), Christian Action Social Concerns Chairwoman; co-editor of the 2012 Souvenir Booklet commemorating the 100th Anniversary of Summit Christian Church. She has been the president of Church Women United in Greater Dayton, a diverse ecumenical group of Christian women. A Life Member of the NAACP, and Ina is Summit Christian Church’s representative for procuring NAACP memberships. As a member of the League of Women’s Voters she also helped in distributing The Voter’s Guide throughout the community; she is a Presiding Judge for the Board of Elections.Other affiliations and organizations she is associated with include: American Business Women’s Association, Polaris Chapter; Dayton Convention and Visitors Bureau (Ambassador); member of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. Ina is native Daytonian, and a graduate from Roosevelt High School in 1964 and attended Sinclair Community College. She has been happily married to Raymond for 32 years and together, they have 4 children, 7 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren. Her motto is: “For I can do everything with the help of Christ who gives me the strength I need.”
Jim Hagen, Board Secretary
Jim Hagan is a life-long resident of the Dayton area and a service connected disabled, Vietnam era vet, serving for 12 years in the U.S. Navy. He received his BS in Social Work from Wright State University and MSSW from University of Louisville. Jim is an active member of the Kettering Baha’i Community. He has served on many local non-profit boards and volunteers on the Community Impact Panels at the Dayton Mediation Center. He is a trained facilitator with Healing Our Nation and Dayton Dialogue on Race Relations and is a passionate advocate for Social Justice envisioned by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and in 2007 was given the Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award. Jim is a docent at the Dayton International Peace Museum and networks tirelessly for the recognition of the oneness of humanity which will lead the world to unity and peace. He has been married for over 35 years, is the proud father of two sons and has three granddaughters.
Rev. Terry Bruns, Board Member
Terry Bruns is the Executive Director of Jeremiah’s Letter a not for profit ministry that provides Food and Hygiene for emergency needs. They also have a Summer Youth Program, an Adopt a Family program which pairs needy families with donors providing gifts. In addition on Mondays and Wednesdays, the church they are housed in provides hot meals for the community aptly entitled Community Blessings. There is also a passages program which helps people in need obtain their birth certificates or state identification cards which helps persons in hopes of finding jobs or getting a needed prescription. Terry is also an accomplished wood worker, designing many fine works of art. He is a Viet Nam veteran and has powerful stories about his journey.
Pastor William Moore, Board Member
Pastor William Moore is the Senior Pastor of Santa-Clara Apostolic Temple. He is ordained with the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World and is a 33 year retiree from Wright Patterson Air Force Base as a budget analyst. He is the current foster parent to Safy and is an active member of Abolition Ohio, the Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force and is the facilitator for Darkness to Light Steward of Children. Stopping Human Trafficking is a passion of his. Pastor Moore was chosen as one of the Top Ten African American Men of Dayton in 2015. He is also a member of Demand Reduction Task Force and the Co-Founder of Life Catalyst International. He is a member of the Hallowed Hills Campground Committee/Ohio District Council and is an accomplished Musician and Choir Director with 60 years in the industry.
Dr. Doris Moore, Board Member
Dr. Moore is the Co-Founder/Co-Pastor of Santa Clara Apostolic Temple. She is an ordained Evangelist with the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World. She is a 38 year retiree from Dayton Public Schools where she served as a Special Needs Teacher. She is the current foster mother to Safy. She is a member of Abolition Ohio and volunteers at the Oasis House. She is a member of the Ohio Human Trafficking Taskforce where she and her husband share the abolishment of Human Trafficking as a passion. She is a member of the National Education Association, the Dayton Education Association, Church Women United and a facilitator for Darkness to Light Stewards of Children. She is the Founder of Life Catalyst Institute International and a founder of Royal Priesthood Worldwide Deliverance Ministry.
Percy Vera, Board Member
Percy W. Vera, II enjoys very much what he does in the community. Born and raised in Dayton, Ohio, his parents were always active in the community; whom he credits for getting him involved.Prior to Vera going to work at the State Treasurer’s Office in Columbus, Ohio in 1983, he had a brief stint working with the Rev. Jerome McCorry while he was President of the SCLC. Though his role was small, assisting with Rev. McCorry’s speaking engagements, Vera credits him with gaining a better understanding what the Civil Rights movement was, and is, supposed to be about. Percy is the current President and CEO of the Adam Project, one of his goals is to help end mass incarceration. Vera has received numerous medals and awards from the United States Army. In addition to graduating with a Bachelors of Science degree in Organizational Leadership from Wright State University in 2007, he has certificates of training from Parity, Inc.’s Black Leadership Development Program, The Community Re-Investment Institute and is also certified as a facilitator for the Dayton Dialogue on Race Relations. Vera has three beautiful children, Kevin, Natascha and Vanessa, who live and work in Germany.
Noreen Sharp Wendeln, Board Member
Rev. Dr. Crystal Walker, Executive Director
Rev. Dr. Crystal Walker is the Executive Director of Greater Dayton Christian Connections. She has a heart for social justice working with efforts in domestic violence training and counseling, race relations, mass incarceration, revising death penalty laws, gun violence legislation, immigration reform, prison ministry, discrimination laws, human trafficking and a multitude of other issues. She is ordained in the Christian Church Disciples of Christ and serves under the leadership of her husband, Rev. Shelby Walker, Senior Pastor of Summit Christian Church in Dayton. She has a rich history in the hospitality industry and serves on various boards in the Dayton community. Rev. Dr. Crystal is the recipient of various awards including the Coretta Scott King Award from the Dayton Chapter of S.C.L.C. and the Marsha Froelich Survivor Award from the Y.W.C.A. of Greater Dayton. She is a graduate from the University of Louisville with a degree in Business Management, Payne Theological Seminary with a Masters of Divinity and United Theological with a Doctor of Ministry degree. She has a blended family of (5) children-one deceased and five grandchildren. Contact: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org