Logan Philon is the executive director of the Piedmont Renewal Network and has led the program since its inception. During his teenage years he was deeply impacted by taking part in his church’s outreach to the projects of Columbia, South Carolina. These experiences drove Logan to study the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., which solidified a desire to devote himself to helping those in need. Upon arrival at Piedmont International University in the fall of 2013 (graduated 2017), he was struck by the poverty and inequality of Winston-Salem. Logan spent a large portion of his time as a college student leading student involvement in the poorest areas of the city, while studying poverty and forming the ideas that would become the foundation for the Piedmont Renewal Network. He enjoys reading, travel, and politics. Logan lives with his wife Heather in Winston-Salem.
Jay Fordham, a Winston Salem native, is the Operations Director of the Piedmont Renewal Network, recently joining us from the automotive industry. Starting in his early childhood, he was introduced to the importance of serving others, whether it be through actions or words. His youth group spent many summers at a local missions-based camp serving the lower-income residents of Alleghany, Ashe and Wilkes counties. Through this, a passion for helping others was cultivated. Once he arrived at Western Carolina University, he earned his bachelor’s degree in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, with the intention of one day working for a nonprofit or creating his own.
Jay spends most of his free time with his friends and family. During the warmer months he can be found at the lake, in the mountains, or roaming around Winston’s downtown area.