What We Do

Solid Rock Community Development Corporation aims to bring an end to decades of concentrated poverty on SE Colorado Springs through strategic and cooperative community transformation investments.

We plan to achieve this by initiating a new era in our community development efforts through a strategy of investments that focus on:

  • Building a self-sustaining SE economy that is connected to the larger regional economy.
  • Creating job opportunities to bring individuals and families out of poverty.
  • Supporting policies and systems that help businesses and communities thrive.
  • Invest in businesses, housing and other community infrastructure to promote economic, health and safety for individuals and communities

We believe that only by increasing well-paid employment and affordable housing will we strongly reduce poverty.This will require not only the work of nonprofits such as Solid Rock Community Development Corporation, but also creative solutions and partnerships through private investments and local, state and federal governments.

These opportunities are available in Colorado Springs and we must work together to provide jobs, affordable housing and improve the community environment in SE Colorado Springs.

Our Team

Ben Anderson
Executive Director

Pastor Benjamin Anderson has been working in Southeast Colorado Springs community for 15 years. He has collaborated with many different non-profits and faith-based organizations to impact Southeast Colorado Springs. Pastor Ben retired from the Army with a distinguished career and a very successful profession in the business arena. He is a former prison chaplain, started Colorado Springs Music and Arts Center and now Solid Rock Community Development Corporation. Pastor Ben is also Senior Pastor of Solid Rock Christian Center.

Wanda Anderson
Secretary

Wanda Anderson is an attorney and the Director of Corporate Affairs & Risk Management for The Navigators.She also serves as the Associate Pastor at Solid Rock Christian Center.

Shelby Murphy
Treasurer

Shelby Murphy is the Financial Administrator for ECO: A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians.She is also involved at First Presbyterian Church and helps lead a Missional Community that partners with Solid Rock Christian Center.

Board Members

Jesse Butler
Board Member

Jesse Butlerworks for Arrowhead Spa and Pool and subcontracts for Big Air Jumpers. Jesse is a student at Pikes Peak Community College and has earned his spot on the Deans List for Associates of Applied Science in Business Management. Jesse is a resident of Southeast Colorado Springs.

John Conaway
Board Member

John Conaway is a retired Editor of various Christian organizations in Colorado Springs.He served at First Presbyterian Church as elder, deacon, and teacher.John is committed to the mission of Solid Rock Community Center and the Solid Rock Community Development Corporation as partners of First Presbyterian Church.He has been a resident of Colorado Springs since 1995.

Demitta Clausell-Reese
Board Member

Demitta Clausell-Reese is the Administration Assistant for the Strategic Initiatives Office at The Navigators. She is an assistant pastor at Solid Rock Christian Center. She is also a resident of Southeast Colorado Springs.

Marie Whitehead
Board Member

Marie Whitehead hails from Los Angeles, CA and is a retired 20 year Air Force veteran.She is a resident of Southeast Colorado Springs.

Chelsea Gaylord
Board Member

As the Economic Development Project Manager for the City of Colorado Springs, Chelsea’s role is to promote investment, job creation, entrepreneurship, and business expansion in Colorado Springs. Prior to joining the City’s Economic Development Division in 2017, Chelsea worked with various-stage startup companies and utilized skills in community development, health promotion, and entrepreneurship to assist companies and communities in realizing their potential across the U.S. and East Africa.

Chuck Fowler
Board Member

Chuck Fowler serves on the pastoral team at First Presbyterian Church. He is committed to the mission of southeast Colorado Springs and the Solid Rock Community Development Corporation as partners of First Presbyterian Church.