Gwendolyn E. Relf, wife, mother, Social-Entrepreneur, CEO, and Evangelist-Missionary (Church of God in Christ organization).
Gwen has 35+ years experience organizing and developing activities for at-risk youth, women, leaders, and others in religious organizations and the community. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at Occidental College in Los Angeles, CA. She has additional courses towards her Master’s Degree and Certification in the Nonprofit Leadership Management Program at Arizona State University. Gwen has been married to Wesley 39 years; she is the mother of 7 children and grandmother of four grandsons and three granddaughters. Prior to taking a leap of faith 17 years ago into the nonprofit sector, Gwen worked as an Office/HR Manager for Cintas First Aid & Safety in Tempe, AZ.
Gwendolyn is Co-Founder and CEO of the Rehoboth Community Development Corporation (RCDC), a faith-based non-profit organization whose mission is to Create Equitable, Healthy, and Sustainable Communities that impact and build inter-generational prosperity within Urban Phoenix and Canyon Corridor Neighborhoods with low and moderate income individuals and families. In 2004, Gwen founded Daughters of Destiny Ministry and PEACE – classes for teenage mothers and youth aging out of foster care that provided mentoring and taught self-sufficiency, independent living skills, personal and career development. Gwendolyn previously served as a member of the City of Phoenix Faith Based Initiatives Work-group and PASSAGE Transitions Coalition of Maricopa County Advisory Council; she was appointed to the City of Phoenix West Phoenix Revitalization Community Advisory Board in November 2009 and JP Morgan Chase National Community Advisory Board in January 2010. In February 2012, she was appointed to serve as Co-Chair of Former Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton’s (AZ Congressman 2019) Neighborhood Advisory Committee. As part of her passion to promote economic and social justice, in April 2007, Gwen launched the Canyon Corridor Neighborhood Alliance to develop visioning and planning strategies, helping to revitalize and improve the quality of life of residents, business owners and stakeholders within the Canyon Corridor Community. Gwen is also co-developer of Rehoboth Place, a $7.3 million dollar 47-unit Multi-family Affordable Housing Complex. In partnership with Gorman and Company, Rehoboth CDC recently secured funding to develop a 66-unit/$21 million affordable housing apartment complex, Rehoboth Place II.
Gwen serves alongside her husband, Pastor Wesley Relf as First Lady and Director of Rehoboth Saints Center Women's Ministry. She also serves as the District Missionary of the Agape Fellowship District, a ministry of the AZ Jurisdictional Church of God in Christ. Evangelist Relf is also the former State Young Women's Christian Council ministry President.
Recent Awards & Achievements:
Appointed to serve on the West Phoenix Revitalization Community Advisory Board by Mayor Phil Gordon, November 2009 - June 2017
Appointed to serve on the JP Morgan Chase Bank Community Advisory Board, January 2010
Appointed to serve as Agape Fellowship District Missionary by Arizona Church of God In Christ Jurisdictional Supervisor, Emma J. Bowen and Bishop Harvey Young, Sr., May 2010
Appointed by Mayor Greg Stanton to serve as Co-Chair of the Neighborhood Advisory Committee, February 2012 - 2016
Serves as Chairperson of the Canyon Corridor Neighborhood Alliance, April 2007 to present
Serves as Vice-Chairman of the Phoenix Community Development Investment Corp., Nov 2016 - present
Gwendolyn E. Relf,