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In February, Urban Ministries of Durham welcomed Alexander Herring as the new Residential Program Director.  Herring has a rich background in health and human services with positions in New York and North Carolina.  He also has been an ordained minister for over 16 years and currently serves as Interim Pastor at Grace Missionary Baptist Church in Kittrell, North Carolina. Herring brings a new outlook and enthusiastic attitude to the position.


"I feel that this position will be one of the most challenging of my professional career; nevertheless, it has already proven to be the most rewarding,” says Herring.  “As the new Residential Program Director, my vision is simple: to make something great even greater!”


UMD also welcomed Bryan Gilmer as the new Development Director in April.  Gilmer has worked and volunteered extensively in the Durham community with Duke University, Genesis Home, and St. Phillip’s Episcopal Church providing fundraising and communications expertise.  


"I'm excited about meeting all the generous people who share with their neighbors through Urban Ministries -- and about inviting hundreds more to join us. It's inspiring work,” Gilmer says.


An interesting fact about Gilmer is that he is the author of three crime thriller novels, including Felonious Jazz, set in Raleigh. He and his wife, Kelly, have a 5-year-old son, Quinn.