Uniting the Church, Transforming University City

The University City Network started in January 2017, in direct response to the Keith Lamont Scott shooting on September 20, 2016 and the civil unrest that followed. Christian leaders in the University City and Hidden Valley areas of north Charlotte gather regularly for prayer, relationship-building, and strategic collaboration focused on community transformation.

Ultimate transformation is the Lord’s work, of course, but a significant vehicle through which He does that work is the church…so if you are ministering in this area, we need you at the table! We cannot hope to best serve this area of our city without your valuable input and leadership. That being said, we would like to invite you to join us for one or both of our regular gatherings:

1) We believe that prayer is essential, so Christian leaders get together to pray every Friday from 7:30am-8:30am at Camino Community Center. We intercede generally for our area of the city, as well as for the specific needs of those who attend. No need to RSVP. Just come if and when you can.

2) We also meet on the second Wednesday of each month, from 10:30am-12:00pm, for strategic collaboration. Faith leaders gather with civic officials and community leaders from the University City/Hidden Valley area, so that we in the faith community are aware of the needs of our part of the city, and so that we can build relationships and work together for the greatest collective impact. We choose to move our meeting location around to various churches and civic agencies, so as to better get to know one another. In addition to pastors and ministry leaders, our city councilperson regularly joins us, as does the captain of the University City division of CMPD and leaders from UNCC, Atrium Hospital University, University City Partners, and University City Connect.

If you are a pastor in the University City/Hidden Valley areas, please contact us at the information to the right if you have any questions or would like information on the next meeting. We look forward to seeing you at an upcoming gathering!

Network Leaders

Brent Jones

Director of Service and Outreach

StoneBridge Church Community

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UCity Family Zone

The University City Family Zone (UCFZ) is an exciting, asset-based community development (ABCD) initiative that has sprung directly from our network partnerships.  The mission of the UCFZ is to promote overall wellbeing, reduce preventable disease, and increase social capital in the people and communities of University City and Hidden Valley, by coordinating and expanding social determinants of health activities through partnership between community organizations, UNCC, businesses, and faith-based organizations.

Living in conditions of poverty is a matter of life and death. Poverty conditions and low levels of social capital affect the way and where people live, their subsequent chance of illness, and their risk of early death.  The social and demographic characteristics of the UCFZ (population: 45,426) place the individuals in these neighborhoods at the highest level of poverty-related illness and risk of early death.  The UCFZ envisions an equitable, resilient, and healthy community, facilitated and supported by a synergistic and coordinated community partnership in six primary social determinants of health areas (lead organization):

  1. Education (University City Connect)
  2. Housing and Homelessness (Mayfield Memorial MBC)
  3. Hunger (Atrium HealthCare System)
  4. Income (Sugar Creek Church of Christ and Communities Doing Good Inc.)
  5. Community and Neighborhood Assets (University City Partners)
  6. Health (Camino Community Center)

The objective is sustainable solutions, not programs, and the UCFZ is already moving along at a breathtaking pace!  Please join us at one or both of the gatherings above to learn more and to get involved in what God is doing!

Key UC Family Zone leaders
  • Dr. Mark DeHaven UNC Charlotte, College of Health and Human Services Lead – Administration, Data Coordination, and Management
  • Rev. Rusty Price Camino Community Development Corp. Community Lead – Health
  • Ms. Elaine Jones Atrium HealthCare System University Community Lead – Hunger
  • Ms. Pat Martinez University City Partners & Leadership in the Clouds™ Community Lead – Community and Neighborhood Assets
  • Mr. Brent Jones StoneBridge Church Community Faith Leaders Liaison