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We build effective ministries that empower residents and improve communities.


The Emmanuel Connection

Building Ministries.
Empowering Residents.
Transforming Communities.


A faith-based, social venture and collective impact consultancy specializing in developing effective grassroots, place-based, and resident-led social justice, economic mobility and community development ministries and outreach initiatives.


"That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither - whatever they do prospers." Psalm 1:3 (NIV)


our purpose

To launch, incubate and grow faith-based community development ministries and micro-learning centers by providing organization development, evidenced-based program design, property redevelopment and management consulting services to a network of strategic partners that will serve as a catalyst for neighborhood change.


We Understand 

Does Your Church or Faith-Based Initiative Struggle with...

  • Effective governance and stewardship of resources

  • Designing and evaluating evidenced-based training programs

  • Developing cost-effective community development strategies 

  • Real-Estate development, management and community building

  • Leveraging community support for outreach ministries

  • Engaging and empowering residents in your local community

  • Measuring and communicating community impact 

  • Meeting the needs of a changing neighborhood demographic

  • Getting beyond the four walls of your church

  • Fundraising, sustaining memberships and building partnerships

  • Remaining relevant and developing the next generation of leaders 


"With more than 100 years of combined experience pastoring congregations, leading nonprofit organizations and philanthropic initiatives, designing curriculum, teaching students, and engaging residents, The Emmanuel Connection Board of Directors is a faithful partner to launch, sustain and scale your resident-led, evidenced-based community impact initiative.

Value to Our Partners

Get Organized

Our organizational services assist with nonprofit formation, incorporation, developing governance and standard operating procedures, leadership training and financial stewardship. 

We can serve as a fiscal agent, management support organization, provide financial services, and/or assist with forming and managing a nonprofit ministry. 


Develop Skills

Our curriculum development experts oversee the development, deployment, and evaluation of skills development program needed to succeed  in education and the workforce. 

Our partnership will help your ministry develop evidenced-based learning strategies needed to achieve impact and sustain funding for community learning initiatives. 


Build Communities

We partner with local communities to redevelop and repurpose aging real estate properties to transform them into centers for community engagement. 

We offer real estate acquisition solutions, general contracting services, and cost-effective property management for collaborative projects and collective impact initiatives. 

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Empower Residents

To truly be effective at community building, we must first effectively engage residents and start with asking questions, not by providing solutions. 


We provide antiracist grassroots resident engagement strategies to support community empowerment initiatives and place-based efforts that seek to achieve better results for communities of color. 


Increase Funding

We provide fundraising support to increase charitable contributions and earned revenue needed to sustain organizational growth, program effectiveness, and  community impact initiatives. 

We partner with faith-based initiatives to provide grant writing and annual campaign development assistance. 


Our Board


Pastor Jerry Davis III

Board President


Dr. Tamecia Jones

Board Member

Dr. Marlon James

Board Member

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Roderick Wheeler, MPA, MBA

Board Member

Our Services

Organizational Development 

Nonprofit development & management support services.

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Strategy Execution

Strategic leadership development & strategy consulting.

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Skills Training & Development 

Evidenced-based curriculum & learning program development.

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Asset Development & Management

Community development and neighborhood revitalization.

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The Chaney Microlearning Center

The Chaney Microlearning Center is a residential home renovated to provide a cost effective space for programs ranging from tutoring to expungements.  It is also ECMLC's pilot property.


The "Chaney Center" is named after Mr. Carlton Chaney, a pillar of the Indianapolis community. Though he arrived to the city in the early 1940s with only a 6th grade education, he eventually amassed more than 20 rental properties. Determined to instill the same discipline and tenacity in the next generation, in 1975 Mr. Chaney founded the Edwin Carlton Chaney Singers (ECCS), a Gospel community choir of children and teens. Many of the Edwin Carlton Chaney Singers are now community leaders throughout the city of Indianapolis and beyond. His service and leadership have made a lasting impact in a community in which the median household income is barely above the national poverty line, and children are close to three times more likely to drop out of high school compared to surrounding communities.


The Carlton Chaney Micro-Community Center will embody this same spirit by engaging families and children through music, literacy, mathematics and mentorship.

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We Would Love to Hear From You



Tel. 123-456-7890

Fax. 123-456-7890





Monday - Friday 11:00 - 18:30

Saturday 11:00 - 17:00

Sunday 12:30 - 16:30


 500 Terry Francois Street, San Francisco, CA 94158




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