COMPASS Initiative Faith Coordinating Center

Faith Coordinating Center

The COMPASS Initiative® Faith Coordinating Center focuses on preparing ministry and nonprofit leaders to address the needs of vulnerable populations such as rural communities in Appalachia, African Americans and LGBTQ individuals. These groups, particularly in the South, often experience a higher number of cases of HIV/AIDS with access to fewer support and prevention resources.

Black Faith & HIV

A new initiative powered by the Faith Coordinating Center

The “Black Faith and HIV” initiative is a dynamic hub for interfaith communities to access educational and communications resources, virtual and in-person professional development opportunities, and sustainable mechanisms for addressing the HIV epidemic in their communities.

2023 Grant Recipients

Faith Organizational Resiliency Grant Awardees

Freedom Center for Social Justice  (North Carolina)
Inspiration and Change (Florida)
Lenoir County Circle of Friends (North Carolina)
North Carolina AIDS Action Network (North Carolina)
Vision Community Foundation (Georgia)

Faith Action Grant Awardees

Arkansas Black Gay Mens Forum (Arkansas)
Authentic Voices Global (Texas)
Compassionate Atlanta (Georgia)
Do It For Me (Louisiana)
Foundations for Living (Georgia)
Hamilton Park UMC (Texas)
Health Awareness for Life (Florida)
High Impacto (Florida)
Jefferson St. Missionary Baptist Church (Tennessee)
Relationship Unleashed (Tennessee)
Renacer En Vida Nueva Inc. (Florida)
St. Paul AME Church (Alabama)

Learning It Together Artist Grant Awardees

HEROES (Louisiana)
Hued Songs (Florida)
Out of Hand Theater (Georgia)
Mixxer Community Makerspace (North Carolina)

Over 400,000 with HIV in South

“Applying a theological understanding to the role of the church in transforming how communities approach HIV/AIDS is critical to our work. We have a unique opportunity to engage faith communities in answering the call to serve and love beyond the stigmas of the past.”

Dr. Shonda Jones
Shonda Jones, EdD
Principal Investigator
Allison Mathews
Allison Mathews, PhD
Executive Director
Demi McCoy
Demi McCoy
Creative Program Manager
Marcus Hawley Square
Marcus Hawley
Educational Program Manager
Diane Cox
Diane Cox
Financial and Data Analyst
Mia Sloan
Mia Sloan
Faith Project Manager
Dr. John Carter was the proclaimer for this week's community worship service held in Davis Chapel.

To hear his sermon entitled "A Scout Returns Home," visit

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YOU'RE INVITED: Join an important conversation on "Theology, Justice, and the Environment," featuring our very own Elizabeth O'Donnell Gandolfo.

Monday, September 25 at 6 PM | ZSR Auditorium

A reception will follow the discussion.
Join us for a Family Weekend worship service on Sunday, September 24, at 10 a.m. in Wait Chapel.  Dean Corey D. B. Walker will deliver the sermon.

This service will be hosted by Wake Forest School of Divinity in collaboration with the Office of the Chaplain.
Wishing our Jewish brothers and sisters a blessed & healthy new year filled with happiness, love, peace, and joy!
We recognize and celebrate the Hispanic community's extensive history and rich traditions. 

Thank you to our Wake Div community and supporters for the generosity shown during this year's Deacs Day of Giving. 

With your help, we exceeded our goals:

 ➤ Over 100 participants donated
 ➤ Over $62,000 raised
 ➤ 1st place in the university-wide social media challenge 
 ➤ # 1 spot in the university-wide unit challenge

 We are grateful for you all!
"Life together requires examining our heart."

Dr. Wynnetta Wimberley was the proclaimer for this week's community worship service held in Davis Chapel.

To view her sermon entitled "Heart Matters," visit

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It’s Deacs Day of Giving! Help us reach our goal of 100 individual gifts!



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Support the next generation of faith leaders, and join us for Deacs Day of Giving! If 50 people donate to Wake Divinity, a generous donor will give $25,000. Help us reach our goal and make your gift now.