School for Conversion

Jonathan Wilson Hartgrove – Director, SfC

Jonathan lives with his family at the Rutba House in Durham, NC. A celebrated author, he speaks often about community, peacemaking, monastic wisdom, and faith in public life.

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Project TURN

Sarah Jobe – Project TURN Founder and Site Coordinator

Sarah Jobe is an ordained pastor, prison chaplain, mother of two and ThD candidate in Practical Theology at Duke University. She lives with her family in Durham, NC.


Walltown Aspiring Youth

Dan Keegan – Director, The WAY

Dan lives in Durham and works closely with Urban Hope, a ministry among teens in the Walltown neighborhood. He has worked within Durham Public Schools and coaches a basketball team in Durham’s city league.

Jennifer Jones – Girl’s Coach, The WAY

Jennifer T. Jones was raised in Durham, NC. She is a co-director of Urban Hope with a passion to empower, encourage, and support the young women of Walltown.


Church Beyond the Walls

Will Elmore – Program Manager, Church Beyond the Walls

William has been working as a teacher with School for Conversion since 2015, beginning when he was incarcerated at Orange Correctional Center in Hillsborough, NC. Since his release William joined SFC as an Abraham Galloway Fellow before transitioning into leadership of Church Beyond the Walls.


Community Education

Ann Atwater – Freedom Teacher

A veteran of the Civil Rights Movement in Durham, North Carolina, Ann G. Atwater is best known for her work with former Klansman C.P. Ellis to integrate Durham's public schools peacefully. Her life has been celebrated in the book, The Best of Enemies, and in a play and soon-to-be released Hollywood movie by the same name. Ann joined the ancestors in June 2016 but remains an inspiration to our work.

Bob Zellner – Freedom Teacher

A veteran of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and the Southern Conference Education Fund (SCEF), Bob works with SFC to intergrate a freedom curriculum into all of our programming.

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Board of Directors

Gann Herman – Board CHAIR

Gann is retired from Mennonite Central Committee and Duke Divinity School Center for Reconciliation. She is a member of Church of Reconciliation (PCUSA) in Chapel Hill, NC, lives with her husband Dale in the Northgate Park neighborhood in Durham.

Keith Daniel – Vice Chair

Keith is a native of Washington, DC with deep family roots in Durham. Ordained in the American Baptist Church tradition, Keith and his family attend CityWell Church, Durham, NC. Keith is the Board Chair at DurhamCares and principle with Madison Consulting.

Debbie Buffaloe – Secretary

Debbie is a retired public school teacher and member of St. John's Missionary Baptist Church in Durham, NC.

Steve Swayne – treasurer

Steve is Co-Founder of Yip Yip Digital, an enterprise platform for digital communications, and a member of Church on Morgan. He is a husband, father of four and loves anything to do with his family.

Byron McMillan – Board Member

Byron lives with his family in the Research Triangle and is co-chair of the local host community for the Christian Community Development Association.

Louis Threatt – Board Member

Louis is an ordained minister and prison chaplain. He lives in Durham with his wife and daughter. Louis is passionate about serving God and empowering others--especially those that are pushed to the margins of life by race, economic status, and/ or incarceration.

Luke Everett – Board Member

Luke is a professor at the UNC School of Law and member of First Presbyterian Church in Durham, NC.

Miea Walker – Board member

Miea works as Criminal Justice Manager at Forward Justice and serves on the steering committee of the Capitol Area Reentry Council. She lives with her family in Raleigh.