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Our Vision is to change lives one family at a time through... · Healing efforts and building relationships. · Working to raise individuals and families out of poverty. · To improve access to educational and human services. · Restore a sense of belonging, hope and encouragement.


Our mission is to provide access to community, educational, social resources, and opportunities to equip youth and adults for a successful life.  ​ One Community One Voice also serves as a conduit for a broad range of community service providers by promoting their activities and encouraging the participation of the community and the support of other community service organizations.  We believe that the community is better when we work together.


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One COMMUNITY, One VOICE, sponsored by Living Word Ministries, Lynchburg, is a partnership between the Faith-community, area organizations and businesses, the Lynchburg Police Department, concerned citizens, the Sheriff’s Department, and the City of Lynchburg.  We address poverty and crime by encouraging best policing practices that allow citizens input, advocating for the community,  offering programs and services, and providing engagement opportunities that result in a greater sense of unity among Lynchburg's citizens. We desire to make Lynchburg a national model for innovative and compassionate policing practices, and increased community engagement.  Currently, One Community One Voice sponsors monthly  community meetings to promote accountability in policing and explore “safe communities” strategies.  Our award-winning community outreach program, E.N.O.U.G.H (Empowering Neighborhoods to Overcome Undesirable behaviors Gives us Hope) is One Community One Voice's most celebrated initiative that we have sponsored to date.  The B.I.K.E. Program (Believe In Kids Excelling). B.I.K.E. encourages academic excellence among students in elementary school by rewarding them with bikes. More schools would like to participate in the program; please see our OCOV Wish List for more details on how you can help. One Community One Voice serves as a hub for area community service partners. Together, we strive to disseminate information, facilitate ministry, and provide educational opportunities to Lynchburg's citizens.  As a community hub, we encourage organizations to support each other; we help by publicizing local events and services. We believe our community is better when we work together.  One Community One Voice works in partnership with the Lynchburg Police Department, the Lynchburg Sheriff’s Department and is the sponsor of a city-wide community outreach program entitled E.N.O.U.G.H  (Empowering Neighborhoods to Overcome Undesirable behavior Gives us Hope). One Community One Voice also hosts monthly meetings between law enforcement and the faith community in an effort to maintain transparency and accountability to the community, discuss challenges, and search for amicable solutions.  One Community One Voice also serves as a conduit for a broad range of community service providers by promoting their activities and encouraging the participation of the community and the support of other community service organizations.  We believe that the community is better when we work together.



Dr. James E. Camm, Executive Director & Co-Founder 

Dr. James E. Camm volunteers his time as Executive Director for OCOV. Dr. Camm is a native son of Lynchburg, VA He is the founder and pastor of Living Word Ministries, a non-denominational church located in Lynchburg, Virginia. Other aspects of Dr. Camm’s ministry activities include the launching of Word Ministries International, based in Lynchburg, Virginia, where he oversees ministries located in Alaska, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, and Virginia. He is also the founder of Living Word Community Development Corporation, an anti-poverty agency serving Lynchburg, VA. As a result of his work with Living Word CDC and his desire to see better community relations with the police and to help the people of his hometown, One Community One Voice - Lynchburg was born. See the news article 'Brothers of different mothers:’ a police officer and a pastor partner against poverty' (click here) After serving our country for twenty years in the U.S. Army, where he was promoted to the office of First Sergeant, Dr. Camm retired and began to pursue his educational goals.

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Antonio M.Davis, Chairman

Antonio M. Davis, Sr. serves as the Program Director for Jubilee Family Development Center. He holds a B.F.A. in Design from Virginia State University, a Master of Arts in Human Services from Liberty University, as well as additional courses in Community Care and Counseling, Traumatology. Past experience includes Day Treatment Counselor, Mental Health Supports Counselor, Intensive In-Home Counselor, Day Treatment Counselor of the year 2012, and Site Coordinator – The Madeline Center, Inc., Domestic Violence Group Facilitator – Blue Ridge Counseling Group, LLC., Mental Health Professional– Centra Health, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.


Robin Robinson, Executive Programs Manager 

Mrs. Robin McCoy-Robinson volunteers as the Executive Programs Manager. Robin has been a part of the organization since its inception. She has been and continues to be an integral part of the day-to-day operations of the organization. Robin is a retiree of Genworth Financial. She held positions of leadership in customer service compliance and operational risks. Robin is the Past President of Genworth's African American forum, where she led many volunteers and community projects as well as brought speakers and training opportunities for Genworth employees.



Dr. James Camm, Executive Director

After serving our country as an officer in the U.S. Army, Dr. Camm received a Bachelor’s in Personal Financing, a Master’s in Organizational Management and a PhD in Divinity. Dr. Camm retired from HR Administration at Westminister, and continues to serve the Lynchburg community as a pastor, overseer, and community advocate.



Kathy Gerber is an Adjunct Mathematics Professor at Randolph College in Lynchburg. She has been an active member of OCOV since its inception. Kathy is an advocate for resolving concerns within the community and enjoys long distance running.


Dr. William Boyd

Dr. William Boyd holds a Master's in Divinity and a PhD in Theology and Apologetics from Liberty University. He is currently working in the Information Technology field as a Training Architect at Linux Academy and serves as a minister at his church in inner-city Lynchburg.


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Coleman, Treasurer

Clay has 38 years of experience in Information Technology (IT). He has a degree in Marketing and Economics from Elon University. In 2019 Clay was called to start Community Mountain, Inc. a 501 C (3) non-profit. Community Mountain is focused on effectively linking people in need with people and organizations who serve, equipping them for sustainability.


Lt. Jeff Rater,

Lt. Rater became a recognizable face in the Lynchburg community for his work on the police force with the Community Action Taskforce. Lt. Rater serves as Lieutenant with the Campbell County Sheriff's office and as the cofounder of One Community One Voice.



Danny Boyer is a graduate of Virginia Military Institute. He was the head cross country coach at E.C. Glass High School for seven years, worked for 15 years as a history teacher at Linkhorne Middle School, and is currently Assistant Principal at Heritage Elementary School. Danny is married with five daughters.



Robin attended CVCC and Averett University where she studied business management. She has several Life Office Management Association Certifications and is Six Sigma green belt certified. For fun she volunteers with the community and loves to spend time with family.


Mr. Read entered the commercial real estate field in 1977, and joined Coldwell Banker Forehand & Co. in 1985, as Vice President and Associate Broker. He acquired the Commercial Division of Coldwell Banker Forehand & Co. in April 2011 and became Coldwell Banker Commercial Read & Co. His awards include Top Professional 2011 Circle Of Distinction Bronze Level; 2013 Circle Of Distinction Gold Level; 2017 Circle of Distinction Gold Level; 2018 Circle of Distinction Bronze Level; 2020 Circle of Distinction Gold Level.


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Jacqueline Burgess is a retiree with over 20 years of experience working in management in the legal environment. She has over 12 years working in the area of healthcare finance. Jacqueline enjoys outreach work and serving those who are disenfranchised. Jacqueline is also a wife, mother, and grandmother.

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Antonio M.
Davis, Chairman

Antonio M. Davis, Sr. serves as the Program Director for Jubilee Family Development Center. He holds a B.F.A. in Design from Virginia State University, a Master of Arts in Human Services from Liberty University, as well as additional courses in Community Care and Counseling, Traumatology. Past experience includes Day Treatment Counselor, Mental Health Supports Counselor, Intensive In-Home Counselor, Day Treatment Counselor of the year 2012, and Site Coordinator – The Madeline Center, Inc., Domestic Violence Group Facilitator – Blue Ridge Counseling Group, LLC., Mental Health Professional– Centra Health, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.



Nathan Castello attended James Madison University with a focus on finance. He has a tenured career in the insurance and financial services industry and is a State Farm Executive Sales Leader. He enjoys spending time with wife Morgan, their son Aiden, and their two pugs.

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Alex is currently an associate professor at Liberty University. In this role Alex plans, evaluates and revises curricula as well as career counseling. He serves as an advisor to students and participates in student recruitment, registration and placement activities. Through his serving on academic and administrative committees has provided him with skills to deal with institutional policies and department matters. Alex holds a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and is licensed through the Virginia Board of Social Work as a Supervisee in Social Work. Alex is also a Spanish interpreter/translator.

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Mark Miller is the founder of Miller-Richards Wealth Management in Lynchburg, Virginia. He's been a certified financial planner for almost 43 years, with extensive portfolio management training from Old Dominion University. Mark has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Detroit. He's chaired and served on several boards, including Ducks Unlimited, Roads to Recovery, New Horizons School, and Military Order of World Wars

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LWCDC is a faith-based nonprofit organization dedicated to addressing challenges facing communities in Lynchburg, VA by providing effective, needs-focused, solution-based services. LWCDC's parent organization (Living Word Ministries) has touched the lives of thousands of persons throughout the Lynchburg community since its inception in 2014. Nondiscrimination Policy: Living Word Community Development Corporation does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, or sexual orientation in the administration of any of its programs or outreaches, which includes but is not limited to OCOV.


The Lynchburg Police Department is a primary partner and has been a key collaborator in helping to shape OCOV into the organization it is today. Officer Jeff Rater, Chief Ryan Zuidema, and the officers of the LPD have demonstrated a strong commitment to developing a strong relationship with the citizens of Lynchburg by taking every opportunity to provide leadership in the area of community engagement and by also offering practical assistance as it relates to helping low-income communities through the programs offered by OCOV.


The Lynchburg Sheriff's Office is a primary partner and has demonstrated outstanding leadership in helping with OCOV - Lynchburg's community outreach efforts. The Lynchburg Sheriff's Office is responsible for a wide range of criminal justice related activities including inmate transportation, court services, and law enforcement. The Sheriff's Office has worked hard to demonstrate goodwill for the community and to help citizens feel that Lynchburg's law enforcement are friends to the community.


The Lynchburg Fire Department is a primary partner who shares the goal of public safety with OCOV - Lynchburg.  The Lynchburg Fire Department provides fire suppression and prevention services, EMS, haz-mat, and confined space emergencies for approximately 80,995 Lynchburg residents.  The department has played a very active role in the outreach efforts of OCOV.

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The Office of the Commonwealth Attorney's is a primary partner that supports the community outreach efforts of OCOV-Lynchburg. The Office of the Commonwealth's Attorney handles a variety of other public safety responsibilities ranging from prosecution to training and advice to police officers, to helping victims cope with the consequences of crime.  The Office of the Commonwealth Attorney shares our goal for lower crime and safer communities.

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The following news article gives the backstory to One COMMUNITY, One VOICE


‘Brothers of different mothers:’ a police officer and a pastor partner against poverty



Richard Chumney Published in The News & Advance, Jun 27, 2018













LYNCHBURG, VA – JUNE 13: Pastor James Camm, center; James Davis, left with old Dominion Job Corps Center and LPD Sgt. Jeff Rater, right check out their photos on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at an E.N.O.U.G.H. gathering in Jefferson Park in Lynchburg, Va.  (Photo by Jay Westcott/The News and Advance)

At first glance, James Camm and Jeff Rater appear to share little in common. But Camm, a black pastor raised in White Rock Hill, and Rater, a white police officer from upstate New York, formed a close friendship four years ago that has since changed the direction of Lynchburg’s community outreach efforts. Today, as the supervisor for the Lynchburg Police Department’s Community Action Team, Rater is the face of the department’s community policing initiatives. And Camm, a gregarious but humble man, leads One Community, One Voice — a partnership between city faith leaders and police. Since joining efforts, they have clothed the needy in an annual coat drive, helped to provide about 60 pairs of free glasses to impoverished children and in May launched a weekly community gathering of residents and city officials — all in the effort of supporting the city’s underprivileged and bringing Lynchburg’s police officers closer to the people they serve. Rater and Camm were propelled into the world of community policing years ago. Around 2005 while on patrol, Rater was called to the scene of a violent altercation between a 15-year-old boy and his mother. When he arrived, he found a chaotic scene. “I immediately handcuffed the young man, brought him out to my police car and I was pretty stern with him,” Rater said. “I’m like, ‘What are you doing? Why are you assaulting your mother?’” The boy quickly broke down in tears. “What’s wrong?” Rater asked him. He told Rater his mother spent the night drinking and partying, eventually spending the family’s money and leaving the boy and his two young sisters with no way to pay for a meal. “There’s no money for food, there’s nothing. And now my sisters are hungry,” he told Rater. The encounter deeply affected Rater. “I went into the situation thinking one thing and came out of the situation like, ‘Holy cow, I’ve got to help this kid,’” Rater said. “I thought, man, I’ve got to look at things a little differently.” After Rater became a sergeant with a unit of his own to supervise, he began reaching out to local pastors, hoping to form a bond between his officers and city residents. It was through this outreach Rater crossed paths with Camm. Camm took an interest in the police department around 2011 after he was stopped abruptly in College Hill. Camm was visiting the neighborhood to pray with a sick member of his congregation. When he returned to his car and began to leave, he suddenly was swarmed by team of about five police officers. “What was the problem?” he asked one of the officers. To Camm’s surprise, the officer refused to explain the stop and allowed him to leave without writing a citation. Frustrated with a lack of answers and suspicious police had profiled him as a drug dealer, Camm went to speak with the department brass. Camm warned the department that indiscriminately targeting people will only build distrust between police and residents. “Anything you’re trying to build with that community will be messed up,” Camm remembers telling a department major. A couple of years later, a friend of Camm’s recommended he join an informal monthly meeting of city pastors, organized by Rater after the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, touched off a national debate on policing. “We had some disagreements about the situation in a healthy way,” Rater said. As the two continued to meet, they bonded over their time in the military and eventually were able to come to an understanding. Rater told Camm about his life as a police officer, while Camm shared his time as a pastor in a largely black inner city. “I listened to him, and I saw that his heart was genuinely trying to change some things,” Camm said. “And it just began to unfold from there.” It wasn’t long before the two began counting the other as afriend. “We talk every day on the phone,” Rater said. Police Chief Raul Diaz described the two as “brothers of different mothers.” “They are definitely tight,” he said, praising their work. The partnership manifested itself through One Community, One Voice. The initiative was launched in 2016 to “raise families and individuals out of poverty, improve access to educational and human services and restore a sense of belonging, hope and encouragement.” Since then, a diverse group of faith leaders, residents and police officers meets every month to discuss quality-of-life issues facing the city and to brainstorm solutions. The group even canvasses neighbors in the wake of fatal shootings, offering support to residents shaken by violence. The group’s most visible program is E.N.O.U.G.H. — Empowering Neighborhoods to Overcome Undesirable behavior Gives us Hope. E.N.O.U.G.H. was the brainchild of Robin Robinson, Camm’s longtime administrative assistant and a crucial force behind OCOV. After learning a man had been shot to death in Diamond Hill on April 28, Robinson sent a text message in a group chat between herself, Rater and Camm. “Instead of a Wednesday Bible study let’s have a prayer and pray service in the neighborhoods. Neighborhood pastors could take turns. This could be for the summer months or until the violence stops,” she texted. “Great idea,” Camm wrote back. “Yes,” Rater added. The trio went to work, and within just a few days, the first E.N.O.U.G.H. event was held just a block from the fatal April 28 shooting in Diamond Hill. E.N.O.U.G.H. since has held eight gatherings and plans to hold at least eight more before the end of August. The hourlong events offer a time for community interaction with city police, the city sheriff’s office and the fire department. It is not uncommon for firefighters to play basketball with local children or for a sheriff’s deputy to share a hotdog with a mother of three. Camm’s church, Living Word Ministries, shoulders most of the costs for the E.N.O.U.G.H. events. The church spends about $200 per week on hotdogs, charcoal and paper plates and paid about $8,000 total for music equipment, but according to Camm, the cost is irrelevant. He described it as an investment in “the future of others.” “It’s an investment in the hope that by us going, we’ll change a life,” Camm said. “We’re seed planters. And sometimes we may not see the seed grow, but we planted it anyway.” As OCOV gains momentum, Camm and Rater want to expand. Camm said he eventually hopes to partner with the Department of Corrections to help inmates as they prepare for reentry, and Rater wants to loop in the city school system for a mentor program. “Lynchburg is a very strong and intelligent city, and there are some great minds. If we just work together, we can make so many great changes,” Camm said. “This is just the tip of the iceberg.” Richard Chumney covers breaking news and public safety for The News & Advance. Reach him at (434) 385-5547.

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