Shannon is a proud citizen of Columbus, OH. As a child she learned the importance of public service and has given her life to fight for equality for all. Her focused passions are education policy, racial justice, and community trauma and resilience. She is a proud graduate of Columbus City Schools, The Ohio State University, and Americorps. Her greatest accomplishment has been the honor to mentor so many amazing teenagers in her local community. She is currently the Community Impact director at Hope City House of Prayer. Shannon is an art fanatic, a wild dreamer, and an unashamed old soul.
Chineze Okpalaoka is a self-taught artist based in Columbus. In 2015, Chineze moved to South Africa as a Fulbright, where she facilitated creative arts, literacy, and leadership programs. Her work seeks to record the human experience through visual storytelling and sound. Chineze continues to use art as a medium through which she explores the nuances of hope, redemption, justice, and cultural identity. She sees her faith and art as inextricably linked, and her work is often an extension of the certain battles and promised victories in the Christian walk.
Brian Williams is the founder and senior Pastor of Hope City House of Prayer in Columbus, OH. He is the happily married husband of Tiaira and the proud father of Jasmine and Rachel. He is a fierce advocate for the voiceless and marginalized in society. He is currently pursuing a PhD at The Ohio State University.
Aziza Allen is the 21-year-old CEO and Founder of an international organization called The Esther Network. Her main areas of passion and research are racial justice, global women’s rights, and responsible international development. She defines the mission of her life and writings as ones that must reveal the humanity in people we feel disconnected to and heal those who have had their humanity rejected by popular society.
Dymonica Hurdle is a servant leader who is living her life to be a ready writer for the voiceless and a hand to anyone in need. While in college she was able to travel to India where her heart was ignited for the issue of human trafficking and again to Tanzania for the issue of educational inequality. She is currently working for a nonprofit targeting the dropout rate in our most needed schools in America. Everyday she is seeking to be more proximate to the most vulnerable and change the narrative of the most challenged communities. If she is not at a community event she's wandering around Columbus blasting her favorite local Christian rappers.
Jeremy is am a curious citizen. He graduated from Ashland Theological Seminary with a Master’s in Mental Health Counseling. Now he works as a mental health counselor for youth, families, and adults here in Columbus, Ohio at the Abraxas. He serves at Hope City House of Prayer on the Community Team. He also helps other citizens get ready for elections by running a website that shows people what and who they are voting for. You can keep up with me and the elections at votebuilder614.com.
Taylor Dunlap is an on the rise social influencer. As a co founder of TBOC bible study at The Ohio State University, she has found her deepest passion is making room for all in the the body of Christ. She finds her strong suit to be centered around advocacy for urban communities and women's rights. Her platforms include poetry, motivational speaking, and storytelling. Taylor's most prized possessions are her Husband, Josiah and jubilant daughter Harmony; of which have influenced her to create a Holy lifestyle blog and brand, Bloody Diadems.
Josiah Dunlap serves as a minister and musician at Hope City House of Prayer. He has an unresting burden to bring restoration to the church and its impact on inner city communities. By day he serves as a co director of HCHOP 24/7 prayer room and By night he operates as an intervention specialist at the Buckeye Ranch, Mental Health Facility. His love for the younger generation compelled him to co-create an outreach ministry, S.O.S, as a vehicle to bring encounter to the community. While his desire for Jesus to be glorified burns brightly in him, he has discovered a new found joy in his newly formed positions as a husband and devout father.
Raised in the state of Washington, Katalina Colón spent most of her childhood exploring the outdoors with her brothers and watching her mother prepare traditional Puerto Rican meals. Her favorite memories are laced with laughter around the dinner table, shining light on her values of human connection and the art of storytelling. Graduate from the University of Washington, Katalina intends to support the success of our next generations by working to ensure their developmental needs are met within the education system. Aside from being an advocate for the holistic well being of children, Katalina is a member of her church’s Impact Team, where they aim to cultivate transformation in their communities.