Staff & Leadership


Chris Rice

Director of the Center for Reconciliation

Chris grew up in South Korea, the child of Presbyterian missionaries, and attended Middlebury College and Belhaven College. A turning point in his life was living and working for 17 years in an inner-city neighborhood of Jackson, Miss., with Voice of Calvary, an interracial church and community development ministry. Chris came to Duke Divinity School in 2000 to pursue ways for the academy to serve the world of Christian activism, and graduated summa cum laude in 2004. His books Reconciling All Things and More Than Equals each won book awards from Christianity Today magazine, and his book Grace Matters was named a Best Adult Religion Book by Publishers Weekly. Chris has received the Distinguished Service to Mankind Award from Belhaven College. He also serves as director of the Global Reconciliation Network. Chris and his wife Donna have three children, and Chris is an ordained elder in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

(919) 660-3578


Articles & Chapters


Abi RiakAbi Riak
Manager, Operations and Programs
(919) 660-3585
Abi has been with the Center for Reconciliation at Duke University since 2011.  As the manager for operations and programs, she is responsible for creating systems, processes and procedures that will contribute to a sustainable and durable organization.  She has worked for 15+ years in the field of international development, peacebuilding, conflict resolution and organizational development. A trained facilitator, Abi has strong skills in facilitating large group processes, open space technology, asset mapping, appreciative inquiry, mediation, consensus-building, negotiation support, stakeholder analysis, small group dialogue, retreat design and facilitation, strategic planning, work program planning, action planning, and workshop design and facilitation.

Kate Davelaar
International Programs Coordinator
(919) 6603594

Kate has lived most of her life in Michigan, where she has most recently served as a Chaplain at Hope College. Prior to that, she spent five years working in the Dominican Republic with Young Life as international field staff. Kate tries to live by the motto "wherever you are, be all there," attempting to be fully present in every moment, conversation and relationship. She is an ordained Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Reformed Church in America, and is currently working on her D.Min. at Duke Divinity School.

Advisory Board

Nancy Rich
Chair, Center for Reconciliation Advisory Board
(919) 660-3565
Nancy is chair of the Center for Reconciliation Advisory Board and has been actively involved with the ministry of the center since its founding, including traveling to Africa for multiple gatherings of the African Great Lakes Initiative. Nancy and her husband Cy have 5 grown children and 2 grandchildren and live in Edenton, N.C., on their solar powered farm where they raise organic grass-fed cattle.