Staff and Ministries

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Urban Hope

Urban Hope is a community-based initiative of The Navigators, focused on bridging spiritual, economic, and educational resources to young people and their families in the Walltown neighborhood of Durham, North Carolina. Our mission is to raise up generations of young heroes – who are beating the odds by the grace of God – through creating safe places in our neighborhood to grow together into wholeness. We offer a summer camp, academic coaching and tutoring, life-on-life mentoring, sports teams, spiritual formation, vocational enrichment, and leadership development. The Urban Hope Leadership Team consists of young adults from Walltown and Navigator staff, including Brandon Hudson, Ed and Page Cvelich, and Dan Keegan.

Brandon Hudson

Brandon (second from left on second row) has a heart for community and a passion for working with young people. He is the second director of Urban Hope beginning his tenure in 2013 after graduating from Duke Divinity School (MDiv). He desires to come alongside youth as they cultivate the critical Christian consciousness needed to bring about freedom, justice and reconciliation as experienced in Jesus Christ.

Ed and Page Cvelich

Ed and Page (bottom left and top right corners) have worked with The Navigators for thirty years and have led ministries on college campuses and among young professionals in the Southeast United States and the Philippines. They serve through strategic planning, fund-raising, staff development, sports coaching, and tutoring. Their hearts' desire and prayer is for God to raise up a new generation of African American leaders to be missionaries to Durham and the cities of this nation.

Ed and Page serve on the Urban Hope Leadership Team. Ed coaches basketball and golf with youth as well as mentoring potential leaders. Page offers her strengths in strategic planning and curriculum development.

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