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Empowering the Community

Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us ENCOURAGE ONE ANOTHER

Regelyn Edwards

Executive Director

Regelyn “Reggie” Edwards is the Chief Encouraging Officer of The Encouraging Place, a non-profit outreach in Raleigh, NC created to work toward racial healing and empowering women.


A Raleigh native, Reggie graduated from Justice Fellowship College of Theology with a Masters of Arts in Ministry in 2005 and is also an ordained Minister of the Gospel.  

Reggie Edwards has over 20+ years of experience working in urban communities.  She has led hundreds of men and women in a deeper understanding of race and reconciliation.   Reggie also serves as a consultant with churches and organizations on Biblical Reconciliation and works to help churches bridge the racial divide.  In addition to several groups she currently coordinates, Reggie also holds annual conferences and forums on dismantling racism…God’s way.  She believes one cannot adequately deal with issues around racism without a historical, cultural, structural and institutional analysis.  Thus, Reggie is a strong proponent of the Racial Equity Institute.   


Through her women's empowerment programs, she has impacted over 500 women and is a Certified Life Coach.


Following God’s call, Reggie Edwards joined Building Together Ministries in 1994, where she coordinated the FRIENDS (youth) mentoring program, the women’s ministry and the Racial Reconciliation/Christian Community Development Outreach.  Several of these programs are continued today through The Encouraging Place.  


Another one of her passions is serving on missions teams to Haiti

The Encouraging Place Board

Broderick Rogers


Deborah Wright


Laura Martin


Jamie Rudd 


Mary Burr Edwards


Vielka Gabriel


Janet Gruchacz


Phillip Hoffman


Rene Harris


Kierston Bartney


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