Love Your Neighbor, Honor the Sabbath
- To instill the next generation with a life-long vocation of Christian community development modeled by John M. and Vera Mae Perkins
- To honor, renew and build community in the historic Venable & 10th & Page Neighborhoods.
Director of House Operations - Garrett Trent has lived in Charlottesville for over 12 years and graduated from the University of Virginia in 2010. He went on to receive an MS Commerce - Marketing and Management degree from the McIntire School at UVA in 2011. Garrett worked on staff with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship for three years before transitioning to work with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville. Garrett lives in the Venable neighborhood two blocks from the Perkins House and helped launch the initiative in 2016.
Director of Community Formation - Marian McCullough is a native of Greensboro, North Carolina who journeyed to Charlottesville,Virginia about seven years ago to attend UVa. After graduating from the University of Virginia with a Master’s in Elementary Education, Marian began her journey as a classroom teacher in Charlottesville about three years ago. As a former University student and current Charlottesville homebody, she has been keenly positioned to witness the transformation of Charlottesville over the past several years and has seen the deep need for more authentic, neighborhood/community partnerships. Marian was drawn to work with the Perkins House ladies after seeing the unique opportunity for reconciliation that the Perkins Fellows offers . She hopes to assist the Perkins House in facilitating community partnerships and developing a strong relationship amongst themselves in order to love neighborhoods of Charlottesville well. When she isn’t working, Marian also loves reading, being outdoors, and running.
Director of Program Evaluation - Nadine Michel went to Duke University and was part of the Duke Chapel Pathways program. During that time, she experienced intentional Christian community, local community engagement, exposure to issues of urban development, and personal growth in her faith. After completing the program she moved to Charlottesville to begin an M.D/Ph.D program at UVA. Since her experience with the Pathways program she has sought to be more active in issues of social justice in Charlottesville by being an active part of initiatives to increase diversity in graduate and professional programs at UVA, leading discussions on race relations in the local church, volunteering in jail ministry, and most recently, being part of the leadership team for the Perkin’s House.
Program Advisor - Christen Yates lives in Charlottesville with her husband and four children, completing a journey begun when she graduated from the University of Virginia in 1999. Christy serves as Associate Director for Theological Horizons and is a member of All Souls Charlottesville. Christy has lived from Washington, DC to inner city Boston to Vancouver. She’s studied theology, mentored college students, and developed a community arts initiative. Christy is also an artist: christenyates.com. Her husband Chris is a writer and professor of philosophy and aesthetics.
Advisory Team Members
Dorothy Tullmann, Josh Kaufman-Horner, Lisa Keller, Phil Stinnie
John and Vera Mae Perkins Foundation
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