Gwendolyn E. Relf

Board Member and Advisory Board Member

Gwendolyn E. Relf, CEO/Executive Director of the Rehoboth Community Development Corporation (RCDC) has 25+ years organizing and developing activities for at-risk youth and young women in religious organizations and the community. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at Occidental College in Los Angeles, CA. She has additional courses towards her Masters Degree and Certification in the Nonprofit Leadership Management Program at Arizona State University. Gwen is married to Pastor Wesley Relf, Senior Pastor and Founder of Rehoboth Saints Center. She is the mother of 4 children and grand-mother of one grandson. Prior to taking a leap of faith into the non-profit sector, Gwendolyn worked as an Office/HR Manager for Cintas First Aid & Safety in Tempe, AZ from November 1989-March 2003. Since leaving the private sector, she has become the Co-Founder and CEO of the Rehoboth Community Development Corporation, a faith-based non-profit organization in which the mission is to increase social and economic justice, demonstrate compassion, and combat poverty in partnership with low and moderate income people in Maricopa County and West Phoenix, in particular.

Gwendolyn is also the founder of Daughters of Destiny Ministry – a class for teenage and young mothers that provides mentoring and teaches self-sufficiency, independent living skills, personal and career development. She served as President of the Arizona Jurisdictional Church of God In Christ, Young Women’s Christian Council and Women’s Ministry Director for Rehoboth Saints Center. In addition, Gwendolyn serves as a member City of Phoenix Faith Based Initiatives Workgroup, PASSAGE Transitions Coalition of Maricopa County Committee; and was recently appointed to the City of Phoenix West Phoenix Revitalization Community Advisory Board in November 2009 and JP Morgan Chase National Community Advisory Board, January 2010. As part of her passion to promote economic and social justice, in April 2007, Gwen launched the Canyon Corridor Neighborhood Alliance to develop visioning and planning strategies that will help to improve the quality of life for residents in the Canyon Corridor Community (boundaries of I-17 & Missouri, South to Indian School, and West to 35th Ave).

Recent Awards and Achievements
  • Received Bank of America’s Local Heroes award, November 2006;
  • Received the Arizona Community Action Association “Heart in Hand Award”, honored by the City of Phoenix Human Services Department, May 2007;
  • Selected by City of Phoenix Managers and City Councilman Johnson and Stanton to represent faith community in Washington DC to lobby for Congress for the City of Phoenix’s fair share of federal dollars, July 2007;
  • Selected to Co-chair (w/ husband, Wesley) Summit on “Foster Youth Aging-out of Care” for Governors office – State of Arizona, conference date: October 3, 2007;
  • Received Religious Leadership of Year Award, honored by the City of Phoenix Human Services Department, December 2007;
  • Appointed to serve on the West Phoenix Revitalization Community Advisory Board by Mayor Phil Gordon, November 2009
  • Appointed to serve on the JP Morgan Chase Bank Community Ad