Staff & Leadership
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.).
- Reconciling All Things (InterVarsity Press, 2008)
- Grace Matters: A Memoir of Faith, Friendship, and Hope in the Heart of the South, (Jossey-Bass, 2002)
- More than Equals: Racial Healing for the Sake of the Gospel, (InterVarsity Press, 1993)
Articles & Chapters
- Born Again … Again, Christianity Today, March 2010
- Stories of New Creation, Reconciliation, and Hope, The Other Journal, 2009
- “Lament for Racial Divisions Within the Church,” in Schools for Conversion: 12 Marks of a New Monasticism, 2005
- A Passion for Reconciliation: An interview with Chris Rice, Christian Century, 2005
- “Witness for Peace”, DIVINITY Magazine, 2003
- The Dick Staub Interview, Christianity Today, 2002
Manager, Operations and Programs
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.
Mary Jo Clancy
Mary Jo assists in office operations, finances, and scheduling, as well as serving as the hub of hospitality and outreach for the center. A pilgrimage to Uganda in 2008 was instrumental in turning her heart towards the vision of God’s reconciled creation. Mary Jo lives in Cary, N.C., with her husband, Tom. They are grateful for opportunities to spend time with their granddaughter, Hope, as well as with their three grown children, Karen, Becky, and David.
U.S. Programs Coordinator
Dayna grew up in northern Michigan and graduated from Mount Holyoke College. Prior to starting work with the center in 2007, Dayna worked in campus ministry in New England with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and in administration for Los Angeles’ largest publically-funded mental health agency. She received an M.Div. from Fuller Theological Seminar in 2006. Dayna provides leadership for the Duke Divinity School Summer Institute, Reconcilers Weekend, and reconciliation ministry formation programs for Divinity students. She lives in the Walltown neighborhood of Durham and is a member of Durham Mennonite Church. Dayna and her husband Eric are parents of one living son, Noah.
International Programs Coordinator
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.
Chair, Center for Reconciliation Advisory Board
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. firstname.lastname@example.org