Rev. Bill Stanfield serves as the Chief Executive Officer for Metanoia Community Development Corporation of North Charleston. Metanoia was begun in 2002 with support from the South Carolina Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. Stanfield and his wife, Rev. Evelyn Oliveira, were hired by this coalition of churches to work to combat child poverty in the zip codes with the highest concentration of child poverty in South Carolina.
The couple spent a year listening and building community support before building a coalition of local neighborhood leaders, members of St. Matthew Baptist Church, and community residents who wanted to see the betterment of the community. Metanoia’s innovative approach to community development is called Asset Based Community Development. It involves identifying community assets and attracting investment to those assets. Currently, Metanoia focuses this approach on three primary areas – youth leadership development, housing development, and economic development.
Rev. Stanfield is originally from Greensboro, NC, and holds a Bachelors Degree in History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He and his wife met at Princeton Theological Seminary from which they both obtained Masters of Divinity Degrees. Rev. Stanfield is a graduate of the SC Governor’s School for Economic Development, The SC Department of Commerce Economic Developer’s School, and the SC Community Development Institute of Clemson University, Benedict College, and SC Association of Community Economic Developments.
He is a graduate of the 2011 class of the Liberty Fellowship Program and a graduate of the 2017 Class of the Living School for Action and Contemplation in Albuquerque New Mexico. Rev. Stanfield was voted the 2012 North Charleston Citizen of the Year by the North Charleston Citizens Advisory Council. He and his wife are the adoptive parents of two boys from Ethiopia ages 11 and 14. Rev. Stanfield is also an associate minister at the largely African American, St. Matthew Baptist church where Metanoia is housed.