Executive Director & Principal
Alex has been serving as Executive Director of the ministry since 2013, having previously served as Education Director and Principal of Harambee Christian School. Alex helped found Harambee in 1998, after serving as a volunteer mentor and Bible study leader in Columbus’ inner city. He has a degree in English and earned his MEd in Elementary Education from The Ohio State University. Alex is married to Stephanie, and they have three girls who have all graduated from Harambee. Outside of UC, Alex and his wife also help lead a local home church.
Student & Family Engagement Coordinator
Although Mike started his role as Student and Family Engagement Coordinator in 2015, he has been on staff since 2007 and has been a volunteer since the very first days of the ministry in 1989. Mike grew up in the South Linden neighborhood and attended Linden McKinley High School. He has witnessed first-hand the deterioration of the community and has made his life aim helping our young people and their families thrive with God’s help, in an effort to reverse this trend. He is married to Renee, who teaches at Columbus City Schools. He loves to play tennis, cook, and spend time with his three beautiful grandchildren.
Youth Ministry Director
Brandon has been with UC since 2010 and oversees all youth ministry initiatives including Bible studies, mentoring, and camps. He loves being able to impact students with a similar upbringing as him for Christ. He is married to Tyka and enjoys garage sales, record shopping, and playing video games. He is a graduate of Franklin University and the Devos Urban Leadership Initiative and is currently studying for his Masters at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He and his wife help lead and mentor youth at UC/Harambee and in their home church. For inspiration, he looks to Joseph from the Bible because he was able to overcome many obstacles with God’s help.
Michael has been on staff since 2010 and helps oversee school operations & administration, financial development, communications, and raising up champions for Columbus’ inner city youth. He is a graduate of The Ohio State University and previously worked in development at OSU’s Fisher College of Business and as a coordinator of mentor programs in Columbus City Schools with Big Brothers Big Sisters. He and his wife, Ruth, have been longtime mentors and Bible study leaders at UC/Harambee and also help lead an adult home church. Together they enjoy reading, pour-over coffee, fitness, and doughnuts. They love being parents and have two daughters that look just like him.
Harambee School Staff
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MacKenzie Smart (Admissions & Programs Administrator), Mae Werstiuk (Music), Jordan Johnson (ASP Teacher), Jaleah Butler (ASP Teacher), Ida Bilbrey (ASP Teacher), Nyla Remmenga (Teacher Aide)
All Urban Concern & Harambee Christian School Staff have current FBI/BCI Background Checks
Board of Directors
Missions Division Coordinator, Xenos Christian Fellowship
Administrative Law Judge, Social Security Administration (Retired)
Vice President of Operations, Plaskolite
Spanish Instructor, Oakstone Academy
Leadership & Development Director, Central Ohio Youth for Christ
Owner, Luke’s Auto
Anton James Johnson
Manager of Operations, OhioHealth