Leadership and Staff
Jim and Karen Noble
Karen and Jim Noble founded Restoration Word Ministries in 1998 as an outreach ministry with a radio broadcast that aired for 12 years. RWM partnered with the restaurant group ( partnership later named Noble Food and Pursuits) to outreach and feed the poor in High Point, Winston-Salem, Greensboro and Charlotte to feed the poor. This joint outreach became a not for profit restaurant The King’s Kitchen in uptown Charlotte in the spring of 2010. From here, Restoring Place Church was birthed at The King’s Kitchen in January of 2011. Realizing the problems were greater than originally thought, RPC launched the Charlotte Mecklenburg Dream Center in February of 2012. Karen and Jim Noble pastor RPC and oversee the CMDC with the leadership of Ryan Frankeny, Executive Director.
Executive Director, CMDC
Ryan previously worked at Bank of America in various roles within procurement and supply chain, and volunteered for over five years with the Dream Center as the Outreach Director. With a passion to see God transform people and communities who seem to be the “least of these” to become an influential force within our city, Ryan is honored to be a part of the team.
Bonnie previously worked at Bank of America with extensive experience in data management and credit risk, bringing a unique skillset to help oversee the operational elements of the ministry. Bonnie also currently serves as a volunteer at J.T. Williams Adopt-a-Block and attends Restoring Place Church.
Sherry is an ordained minister and holds a Master's Degree in Theology. She has been involved in pioneer works and church plants most of her adult life. She has served on the staff of several ministries over the past 27 years in many capacities ranging from Church Administrator, Outreach Leader, Bible Teacher, and as Children's Pastor. She currently is the co-leader of the Adopt-a-block community of Thomasboro along with her husband Kelly. In addition, she co-teaches the Dream Center's Ladies' Bible Study, and is involved in the development of the Discipleship program. Sherry has a passion to teach the word of God and bring people to a place of true discipleship and freedom through the power of the Cross.
Jaime Workman, Adopt A Block Leader, JT Williams
Assistant to Senior Pastor, Ministry Team,
Friday Night Street Ministry Leader
My name is Jamie Workman I'm 61 years old and live in Mount Ulla NC. I have been volunteering at the Dream Center for 5 or 6 years and going to restoring place church for the same amount of time. I love the LORD WHO loved me first and like HE has loved me I love our friends in the streets of Charlotte! So I go out on Friday night street ministry Handing out our world famous charlotte Mecklenburg dream center chili cheese dogs and spreading the love JESUS and the GOOD NEWS and watch the LORD work through us every Friday night and see hearts and lives changed!
Adopt A Block Leader,
Kelly has been involved in many pioneer works throughout the past 27 years. With his construction background and his willingness to do whatever is needed, he has been able to assist with the practical needs in the ministries where he served and be a support to church leadership. He has been on staff at several churches and served alongside his wife as a Children's Pastor, Sidewalk Sunday School Outreach Leader and now co-leads the Adopt-a-block outreach in the Thomasboro Community. He also has his CDL License and drives the buses bringing adults and children to the various programs throughout the week. In addition, he is also involved in the Dream Center's feeding program and is involved with the Dream Center's Discipleship Program. His main desire is to know and be a friend of God, bringing glory to Him in whatever he does.
Adopt A Block Leader,
Jada is a North Carolina native, born and raised in the small town of Rocky Mount. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she majored in Communication Studies and minored in American Sign Language. Eager for a “big city feel” Jada relocated to Charlotte in 2018 with her dog Leo. One of the most important titles Jada holds is “Auntie” to five nieces and nephews and you’ll often hear her saying the best part about being an Aunt is loving the kids like their yours then sending them home to their parents. As an adventurer and lover of spontaneous activities, Jada will soon be lacing up her skates as she attempts to teach herself how to roller skate. While trying new activities, being an Aunt, and her dog Leo are all things Jada loves, she’s reminded daily that God is love and we love because He first loved us. My heart is to minister to those that are in seemingly hopeless situations and be a voice for those who have not yet found their own while supporting them to be all that God has called them to be. God has called me to be a leader in the Charlotte community and focus on making disciples of the youth. In the next five years, God willing, I will further my education to be able to better support the areas God has called me to and progress in my career! Email: Jada@cltdc.org
Vivian Richardson enjoyed careers as a Corporate Coach and Trainer for a Fortune 200 Company, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, and currently serves as Volunteer Coordinator for the Charlotte Mecklenburg Dream Center. A critical thought leader and strategic thinker, her passion is to help those that are marginalized develop a better quality of life and find their greater place in life. A community builder and masterful networker, Vivian values and welcomes every person she encounters. Vivian is a seasoned and avid student/teacher of the Bible spanning over 26 years. She’s serving as a teacher and facilitator for the Dream Center’s Women’s Bible Study. Vivian has served the Charlotte Community as Basileus of Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Iota Chapter, Board Chairperson of C.W. Williams Health Center, Member of the Mecklenburg County Women’s Commission, Board Member of the American Cancer Society, Black Women’s Health Forum, and volunteered with many other Non-Profit organizations. She has received numerous recognition and awards for her service. She is a member of Central Church.
Tiffany Davis, Children's Ministry Director
A native of Charlotte, youngest of three siblings. Devoted Mother, Daughter, and Wife. She began serving the community as a young child under the guidance of her mother. Visiting nursing homes, shelters, foster homes, homeless communities, churches, and many Charlotte neighborhoods ministering the love of Christ through singing, Bible studies and assisting with finding agencies to help people with various needs. Tiffany is an Elder serving Freedom Christian Center Church and has traveled as a Missionary with Teen Mania and Ambassadors To The Nations sharing the Gospel of Christ and the good news that Jesus is the answer for the world today. She has volunteered with Samaritan’s Purse Communities In Schools, Prison Fellowship Angel Tree, The Relatives, and a host of other help services agencies in Charlotte. Tiffany was employed 17 years with Charlotte Mecklenburg schools. She is certified in Early Childhood Administration and Early Childhood Education. Also certified as a Motivational Speaker. In April 2021 Tiffany was “Thrust” into full-time ministry here at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Dream Center. Called to lead and organize an effective and engaging Children’s Ministry. She is purpose driven to help develop and maintain structure and a safe place within our ministry concerning the well-being of children. Utilizing faith building activities to encourage others in the things of God. She is passionate about providing spiritual leadership, nurturing faith development, and offering ways to respond to life situations using the love of Christ as our foundation. Gracious and honored to be a part of this ministry continuing discipling others into the Kingdom of God through service and fellowship.
Susanna Matthews, Executive Administrative Assistant
Raised in Durham, North Carolina, Susanna spent a brutally cold and dreary 4 years in the unfortunate state of Ohio to complete her undergrad in Social Work before returning to the gloriously warm and sunny Carolinas, this time landing in Charlotte. Susanna is the youngest of three, loves basketball, soccer, dogs, writing, and believes a successful vacation consists of an uninhibited amount of naps and snacks. Life is an adventure and worth the risks, which she recently confirmed by long boarding without a helmet and knee pads despite several warnings from her “more experienced” coworkers. All jokes aside, Susanna's favorite thing about life with God is the joy and freedom that comes with trusting Him and the unity that binds people with all different stories into one narrative - you guessed it, the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.” - Galations 5:1
Donor Relations Manager
Although born and raised in Rochester, NY, Aubrae now considers NC her home, having lived here for over 20 years. A proud graduate of Bennett College, she went on to obtain her Master’s in Public Affairs, concentrating in Nonprofit Management, from UNC Greensboro. Outside of work, Aubrae enjoys crafting, theatrical productions, both in the audience and on stage, and spending time with her adult children and her 4-legged babies.
Sophia Kellstrom, Media Communications and Marketing
Sophia Kellstrom is a Senior at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where she has devoted her time learning the ways of the entertainment industry. She is the owner of the nonprofit organization "Pennies for Heaven" which feeds hungry children globally. She started at her efforts 8 years old and through the Miss America Organization has been able to spread her outreach and passion for a hunger less world with many. She now partners with a multitude of national and international organizations all fighting for the same goal. Sophia has been using her knowledge of social media and media marketing for years now with other businesses and companies and is excited to share the mission of restoring place church with many through the many multimedia systems.
Garry Kellstrom, Technical Director/Audio Engineer
Garry Has been working in churches for the past 26 years all over the United States. He has experience in design and implementation of equipment for various needs of the church, from the sound booth to the stage. He hosts training seminars for audio mixing, (house and stream) as well as TV directing. Some of his clients include; FOX Sports, INSP, Sid Roth, Media Comm, Voice of Triumph, and more.
For over three decades, Sheila Cogan has been producing and consulting with America’s most elite networks and on-camera talent Sheila has trained numerous interns, freelancers, on-camera talent and budding media ministers who are respected professionals in TV and Streaming today. Sheila can do it all—directing, producing, camera operation in the studio and on the street, editing, streaming and podcasts from start to publish. Sheila began her career as a top graduate of Jim Bakker’s media school in the 80’s earning her a prime job upon graduation. In televangelism, Sheila traveled with Benny Hinn, Morris Cerrulo and then transitioned to sports, often as a pioneer running heavy hand-held cameras for SPORTSCENTER at NASCAR and INDY tracks and NFL Football games for hours and hours. Sheila then was instrumental in building the infrastructure for multimillion dollar studios at ESPNU and the SEC Network. Currently Sheila enjoys running Professional TV Cameras for Sid Roth on “It’s Supernatural” and helps DreamCenter/Restoring Place Church with streaming to the web and weekly Sermon Podcasts.
James Abbott is from Scranton, PA
and has been with the Dream Center for
8 years as a key member of the Sunday
service AV team. He enjoys what he does,
more than anything because he does it for
J. Rene Hunter,
J.Rene Hunter is an anointed teacher/preacher of the gospel. She is also a community leader, minister of music, motivational speaker, media personality, singer/song writer and a successful entrepreneur. In 2017, she was nominated by the AMG Heritage awards for: -2017 Female Vocalists of the year nominee -2017 Humanitarian Award nominee. She has also shared the stage with Daytime Emmy Award Winner, Donna Ritchie, Dove Award Winner, Ron Kenoly, Dr. Myrtis Fields Gospel Show, along with Operatic performances and completed undergraduate studies in Music/Liberal Arts. She believes that worship is the one of the keys to ushering in the presence of the Holy Spirit and she is charged by the God to carry His people into the presence of the Lord, via the word and worship. She is a devoted wife, mother and is committed to the sanctity of her family and seeing them prosper and live their best lives as ambassadors for Christ.
Mike Hall, Deacon,
Roscoe is a Native of Charlotte NC.He has a background in loss prevention.He has successfully lead security teams for church properties and also served as an usher. Roscoe joined The Restoring Place Church in April along side his wife.He is excited to be a part of the ministry serving in the area of church Maintanance and is also honored to serve as an armor bearer for the Pastor.Several years ago Roscoe decided to give his life totally to Christ ,he changed him, rearranged him ,and he made the commitment of doing Kingdom work. His desire is to glorify our Father God in all he puts his hands too.