Our mission is to unite the body of Christ around a common purpose.

The Mission

Achieve Progress Against the Cities Challenges

The mission of Movement Day Greater Dallas (MDGD) is to unite the body of Christ around a common purpose in order to achieve measurable progress against the greatest spiritual, social, and humanitarian challenges facing the city. MDGD will also serve as a model and catalyst for gospel movements worldwide.

These COLD HARD FACTS are difficult to comprehend.

Poverty & Jobs:
Dallas ranks #3 in the Nation in Child Poverty
– 1 in 4 children live with “Food Insecurity”

31% or 100,000 Children in Dallas live in Poverty
– 7 out of 10 Elementary Campuses are “High Poverty”
– 72% of students qualify for Free Lunch – some 90%+

18% of Dallas County residents require Food Assistance
– This is an 80% increase since 2006

Unemployment in our City is low, but the Southern Sector of Dallas is 7.6%
– 30,000 of employed residents are considered “working poor” and live in poverty

Education & Children at Risk:
21% of Dallas County is Illiterate
– only 30% of 3rd Graders can read at their grade level
– only 4% of HS Seniors read at their grade level

Dallas has largest U.N. Refugee Resettlement population in America
– In Vickery Meadow, HS Students speak over 60 different languages
– In Dallas County, 239 different languages are spoken

1 in 3 runaways are lured into sex trafficking within 48 hours
– Average age is 12 to 13

City-wide Spiritual Transformation & Unity:
– Only 56% of DFW residents say they are part of a Religion
– The fastest growing religious preference is “No Religion”
– Racial divide is very active and prolific

The Vision

Develop a Strategy that'll have an Impact

Our plan is to convene and collaborate with the faith community from all quadrants of Greater Dallas. We are also partnering with The New York City Leadership Center (NYCLC) and drawing upon the experience and intellectual capital of Dr. Mac Pier, founder and CEO, The NYCLC and Dr. Tim Keller, Senior Pastor, Redeemer Presbyterian Church.

The strategy is to identify like-minded Dallas leaders who desire to design, mobilize and invest in a long – term strategy that will impact Dallas. The result will be the creation of specific plans to accelerate or incubate best practices to address the issues facing the city and to serve as the focus of the combined efforts of hundreds of organizations throughout Greater Dallas.

MD Greater Dallas Leadership Team



Board Chair
Executive Vice President, SND Energy Company

Bob joined SND Energy Company in May of 2008 and has over 30 years of business management and financial experience in a variety of industries including Energy, Financial Services and High Technology.  Bob currently leads all corporate functions and business development activities for the SND independent oil companies and the related Topcat affiliated services companies in the East Texas and Louisiana operations. Bob’s educational background includes a BBA from the University of Mississippi in 1969 and an MBA from Louisiana State University in 1971. He has also actively served in various community and pro-bono arts leadership roles and as Deacon Chairman and Trustee Chair for Park Cities Baptist Church during 2010-2012 and on the Executive Team with Movement Day Greater Dallas since 2013.


Senior Vice President of Wealth Management, Merrill Lynch –
Dallas, TX

Art joined Merrill Lynch in 1973 and focuses on retirement planning, concentrated and restricted stock positions, and exit strategies for business owners. Art graduated twice from the University of Oklahoma – with a Bachelor’s degree in Math and Economics and an MBA. Art lives in the Preston Hollow/Bluffview area with his wife of 45 years, Linda. They have three children, five grandchildren, and enjoy traveling and playing golf. Art serves as a deacon at Park Cities Baptist Church and on the Boards of the University of Oklahoma MBA program, African Christian Outreach, Movement Day, and Gospel for Muslims.


Retired Real Estate Executive – Southlake, Texas

Paul is the former Partner of Terra Manna, a residential real estate development and land management company. Terra Manna moves its developments forward by considering both resident needs and community concerns. A cooperative relationship with the people in the community is always a high priority.


Founder & CEO, The New York City Leadership Center – New York City, New York

When it comes to developing leaders within the Christian community, few are as successful as Rev. Dr. McKenzie “Mac” Pier, founder and CEO of The New York Leadership Center (NYCLC).  Passionately driven to prepare Christian leaders to make a significant impact in the world, Mac particularly loves urging young leaders toward spiritual maturity, encouraging them to first recognize the needs around them, to unite in prayer with others about those needs, and then to collaborate with others to change what they see.


Civic Leader – Dallas, Texas


Jan is a Civic Leader who has devoted herself to making a positive change to the City of Dallas where she lives with her husband Robert (Bob) Pickens. Just a few of her many accomplishments include serving as Chairman of the Crystal Charity Ball, President of the Park Cities Republican Women’s Club, Anglican School of Theology Board and a member of the Salvation Army Advisory Board. She has received a variety of honors and awards including Hockaday “Founders Day Award,” 1993 Hall of State Award Recipient, United Cerebral Palsy of Metropolitan “Distinguished Service Award”, 2013 Flora Award Recipient, Pi Beta Phi “Founder’s Day Award” for Community Service , 2013 National Board of The Salvation Army “Others” Award.”


Civic Leader – Dallas, Texas


Denise and her husband Ray are the parents of 4 married children and grandparents to 11 grandchildren. Her greatest passions are her family, her community and serving the less fortunate in Dallas and abroad. She served as chairman of the faith based collaborative; Serve West Dallas, which began in 2009 as a non-profit. She is a member of the Global Leadership Alliance, Urban Missions at Park Cities Presbyterian Church,The University of Texas Advisory Board of the School of Social Work, ACT (Advocates for Community Transformation), and Bible Study Fellowship for 25 years.


Business Relations Manager, Federal Title, Inc. – Dallas,

Brenda Teele is Business Relationship Manager for Federal Title, Inc. She’s worked in the Real Estate title industry for more than 10 years and best known in North Texas for her experience in the media. Brenda anchored the weather at CBS11, News at NBC5, and was co-host of Good Morning Texas at WFAA. Brenda maintains an on-air presence in the Dallas Fort Worth market and nationally as a featured judge on CMT’s, Making the Team, and on CBS 11’s Focus on Health. Brenda is a graduate of Howard University in Washington, D.C. She has received a variety of honors and awards including an Emmy, Golden Mike Award, Los Angeles Press Club Award, National Association of Black Journalists Award, and numerous Associated Press Awards.


Cardiology Consultants of Texas – Dallas, Texas

Dr. Vallabhan is Board Certified in Cardiovascular Disease, and Interventional Cardiology. He received his medical degree from The University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio Medical School in San Antonio, Texas. Ravi practices general cardiology with a special interest in complex procedures such as complex/high risk percutaneous coronary interventions and radial artery catheterization and interventions. He specializes in valvular heart disease including procedures such as Percutaneous balloon valvuloplasty for Aortic Valve stenosis (BAV). Ravi is well known for his numerous published articles, presentations, and teaching positions.



Senior International Real Estate Advisor, Briggs Freeman|Sotheby’s International Realty – McKinney, Texas


Senior Associate Pastor of Missions, Concord Church – Dallas, Texas


President & Chief Executive Officer, The Barnabas Agency – Corsicana, Texas


Senior Executive Director, Buckner International – Dallas, Texas


Founder, Initiative – Dallas, Texas


Attorney at Law – Dallas, Texas


President, Gregory Whiteman Investments, Inc. – Dallas, Texas


President & Founder, Starlight Cleaning Service – Dallas, Texas


Family Member, Weirs Furniture Company – Dallas, Texas


Metroplex Commander, The Salvation Army DFW Metroplex – Dallas,


Metroplex Commander, The Salvation Army DFW Metroplex – Dallas,


Civic Leader – Dallas, Texas


Pastor, Remedy Church – DFW



Executive Director – Dallas, Texas


Global Cities Catalyst – Dallas, TX & New York City, NY


Executive Advisor – McKinney, Texas

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