PURPOSE AND VALUES

Noble Clay is a 501(c)(3) fitness non-profit that provides personalized functional fitness to all members of the community at all stages of their journey and all income levels.

Chronic disease has been linked to 7/10 of deaths in the US, and includes both affluent and lower income communities alike. However, low income communities are more vulnerable to chronic disease and illness due to lack of adequate resources like health care, nutritious food, social support, and financial resources. Moreover, communities of color are disproportionately experiencing this cycle, which all but magnifies current systemic racial disparities.

Our brand new space sits right in the intersection of the four metro Atlanta neighborhoods (Summerhill, Peoplestown, Mechanicsville, and Pittsburgh where 380 families under the poverty line (over half the families in the community) and over 60% of the population is Black/African American. These gaps hinder not only health outcomes, but also economic, social, and generational potential for families, communities, and our entire nation’s future. Such injustice seeks to strip individuals of their God given potential, vitality, and dignity. BUT, there is hope.

Physical exercise has been shown to not only prevent chronic illness, but has residual effects on children and families. Parents who exercise have healthier babies and more physically active children, which in turn prevents mental and physical illness, it improves academic and other developmental markers–setting children and families up for long-term success.

Therefore, we ask: What if EVERYONE had a personal coach to help them obtain health and vitality, showing them love and mercy along the way? What would happen to families? To the workforce? To our society? To address these questions, we created Noble Clay. Our work sits at the intersection of worth and humility—all people were created with immeasurable dignity, but can still be molded as an instrument for justice and good!

 

 

To read more about chronic illness, poverty, and these startling statistics check out these links:

https://www.cdc.gov/chronicdisease/about/costs/index.htm

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4241367/

https://www.jpeds.com/article/S0022-3476(05)80485-8/pdf

https://www.mentalhelp.net/articles/early-childhood-exercise/

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/when-moms-exercise-so-do-kids/

http://bit.ly/illnessandses

https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(17)30571-8/fulltext?rss%3Dyes

https://familydoctor.org/kids-passing-on-healthy-habits-to-your-children/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5075987/

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/10/181022085844.htm

OUR FACILITIES

The Only Personalized Functional Fitness Gym in Atlanta building Stronger Communities.

Located at 112 Ormond St. SE, Atlanta, GA 30315 in the Neighborgoods Development, you’ll love training at our brand new space and being apart of our growing community. You’ll also love our change rooms and showers to freshen up post training session, dedicated mobility room, and more. We’d love to see you! Pop in and see us for a quick tour.

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BOARD MEMBERS

Board Chairman

ABY YOHANNAN

Aby Yohannan is a founder and entrepreneur with 20 years of experience and a demonstrated history of working with corporates to startups in scaling business and product development.  He leads startups and accelerates high revenue growth ventures.

He is focused on Corporate Social Responsibility, Operations Management, Executive Leadership, and Startups. With an entrepreneurial spirit, he’s a professional driven to see technology make people’s lives easier. Aby has spent the last few years in India where he is mentoring and coaching thoughtful social entrepreneurs around the world to fulfill their vision on social impact.
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Vice Chair

RYAN AKIN

Ryan Akin grew up just outside of Orlando, FL playing year-round sports, which undoubtedly contributed to his love of physical activity from a young age. At the time he ate a lot of PB&Js and hotdogs, but has since learned to enjoy the amazing variety of fruits and veggies that come from rain, water, soil, and seed. God has graciously and patiently led Ryan down a journey that has given him a love for Jesus Christ,

leading to a desire for the expansion of His Kingdom on earth. He has also blessed him with a beautiful bride, a wealth of family and friends, and a fun-loving puppy. He and his wife, Christin, are residents of the Old Fourth Ward in Atlanta, GA. After pursuing an education in engineering, working in IT consulting, and starting a small business, he is settling into a career in commercial real estate development. All of these things and more give him great excitement in taking part in the efforts of Noble Clay to bring holistic health to its clients.
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Treasurer/CFO Advisor

BECCA HARPER

Becca’s passion for helping business owners find financial clarity is what led her to start Clarity Consulting in May 2016. She lives in Cumming, GA with her husband Daniel and four children. As an Auburn alum, you’ll find Becca cheering her Auburn Tigers to victory each fall. War Eagle!

Secretary

LURIN REYNOLDS

Lurin Reynolds is from sunny California, she moved to Atlanta during a very difficult time in her life. She was a stay at home mom turned single mother dealing with the devastation of separation and divorce. She had been struggling with her weight for years, trying different diets that left her in worse condition then when she started.

After hearing about Noble Clay from a friend, she began working out with Ben in the park. Although it was challenging, she began to see changes, not only physical, but mental and emotional changes as well. She has since gained momentum and lost 31 pounds in the process. Lurin is a culinary student with a passion to make healthy food delicious. She enjoys spending time with her two amazing children Joel, and Amara Glory. Lurin has a growing appetite for health and fitness because of the impact Noble Clay has made on her life. It is her desire to see others make gains from being holistically healthy.
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Head Strength & Conditioning Coach for Philadelphia Eagles
(Superbowl LII Champions)

JOSH HINGST

Josh was named the Eagles strength and conditioning coach during the 2013 offseason after spending the previous season as the assistant strength and conditioning coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars. Prior to joining the Jaguars in 2012, Hingst previously spent three years (2009-11)

as the director of sports nutrition at Nebraska and also spent the 2008 season with the Atlanta Falcons as the team’s nutritionist. At Nebraska, Hingst directed body composition analysis, nutrition education, performance fueling strategies and counseling for sports supplements and hydration. In addition, he coordinated menus and education at the Nebraska training table and planned meals on the road for various Nebraska teams. He is a registered dietitian and a certified strength and conditioning specialist. Before his stint in Atlanta, Hingst spent five years in strength and conditioning and sports nutrition capacities at Florida State, where he earned his master’s degree in clinical nutrition with an emphasis in sports nutrition. A native of Hooper, NE, Hingst received his bachelor’s degrees in nutritional sciences and dietetics and exercise science from Nebraska in 2001. He also served as an assistant strength and conditioning coach for the Huskers while enrolled as a student.
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Board Doctor

JULIUS HAMILTON

Julius Hamilton, M.D. Cardiothoracic Anesthesiologist at Physician Specialists in Anesthesia, P.C. Julius is a Christ follower, married to Miriam, and has two young children. Julius is a passionate physician who is committed to patient advocacy. He is passionate about using exercise and nutrition as a primary tool for health and longevity and desires to teach others, especially the “least of these,” the value of working hard in the arena of physical exercise for the fulfillment and joy of life that one experiences from such pursuits. He is Noble Clay’s team doctor and will be leading the organization in developing case studies of the value our program has on the health and fitness of Noble Clay’s members.

Board Strategist

ANDREW KOHR

Andrew Kohr has a been an Atlanta resident for over 13 years. With a background in Historic Preservation and Landscape Architecture, Andrew works as a consultant on a variety of public realm projects. He has led design and planning efforts for several significant efforts in the Atlanta region all with a passion for increasing the value and beauty of our public infrastructure. Andrew currently 

serves on the board of the Atlanta Urban Design Commission, Cherokee Garden Library at the Atlanta History Center, and Smith-Gilbert Gardens in Kennesaw, Georgia. He is also completing a term as an advisory member for Hills and Dales Estate in LaGrange, Georgia. Andrew and his wife Jennifer were first acquainted with Ben’s passion for healthy living three years ago.  For the past year, they have been a member of the Noble Clay family, improving their fitness and engaging Ben in his mission. Active members of City Church-Eastside, Andrew believes there is a strong connection to healthy living and fulfilling God’s vision for us on earth.  He and his wife live in the Cabbagetown neighborhood of Atlanta with their dog, Briggs.
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Board Tactition

BEN DAVIS

Ben Davis found his love for sports while playing soccer. He was a fierce competitor from the time he was 11 years old. Davis advanced to the Olympic Development Program, which is for elite players. He experienced playing in some of the largest youth soccer tournaments in the world, including Dallas Cup, Nike International Cup and the Dana Cup in Denmark. 

When Davis entered High School, he got into wrestling and pursued it while continuing to play soccer. He has trained under some of the best coaches in the state of Georgia in both sports. This is where God began developing Ben’s understanding and passion for training the body. After experiencing a career-ending injury in college, Ben developed a deep depression and confusion about the meaning of life and what he was purposed to do. This led to a “bed of suicide” in 2008 where he was saved by God’s grace and shown his purpose and meaning to glorify God with his life. In December of 2008, Ben built No Excuses Athletics-CrossFit with Kyle Maynard and developed a knowledge and love for functional movement and continued to grow his passion for changing people’s lives by impacting their physical well-being. In April of 2014, Ben left No Excuses to pursue a franchise partnership with Iron Tribe Fitness On Ponce, a location in Atlanta. He is now seeking to develop a team to impact lives in the area through Noble Clay, a 501c3 Non-profit that he has founded, who’s purpose is to align individual’s well-being with their well-doing by providing Individual Design fitness to all members of the community regardless of income level. Davis now lives and breathes to honor God. He’s incessantly learning to be like Him and loving others. It’s for this love that Ben has missioned his life to pursue God with all his heart, mind, soul and strength and to love others as himself. It’s for this reason; he pursues people and encourages them to reach their full God-given potential. He is living proof of the radical change the gospel of Jesus Christ can have on one’s life. Ben’s mission is to share this love with all people, helping them live an abundant life. He currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia where he shares this life with his beautiful and talented bride, Laura Sully Davis and son, Thaddaeus.

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MEET OUR EXPERT COACHES

COACHING TEAM

Founder/Chief Encouragement Officer

BEN DAVIS

OPEX CCP Coach, FMS Level 2, PN1, CFL2

Ben Davis found his love for sports while playing soccer. He was a fierce competitor from the time he was 11 years old. Davis advanced to the Olympic Development Program, which is for elite players. He experienced playing in some of the largest youth soccer tournaments in the world, including Dallas Cup, Nike International Cup and the Dana Cup in Denmark. 

When Davis entered High School, he got into wrestling and pursued it while continuing to play soccer. He has trained under some of the best coaches in the state of Georgia in both sports. This is where God began developing Ben’s understanding and passion for training the body. After experiencing a career-ending injury in college, Ben developed a deep depression and confusion about the meaning of life and what he was purposed to do. This led to a “bed of suicide” in 2008 where he was saved by God’s grace and shown his purpose and meaning to glorify God with his life. In December of 2008, Ben built No Excuses Athletics-CrossFit with Kyle Maynard and developed a knowledge and love for functional movement and continued to grow his passion for changing people’s lives by impacting their physical well-being. In April of 2014, Ben left No Excuses to pursue a franchise partnership with Iron Tribe Fitness On Ponce, a location in Atlanta. He is now seeking to develop a team to impact lives in the area through Noble Clay, a 501c3 Non-profit that he has founded, who’s purpose is to align individual’s well-being with their well-doing by providing Individual Design fitness to all members of the community regardless of income level. Davis now lives and breathes to honor God. He’s incessantly learning to be like Him and loving others. It’s for this love that Ben has missioned his life to pursue God with all his heart, mind, soul and strength and to love others as himself. It’s for this reason; he pursues people and encourages them to reach their full God-given potential. He is living proof of the radical change the gospel of Jesus Christ can have on one’s life. Ben’s mission is to share this love with all people, helping them live an abundant life. He currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia where he shares this life with his beautiful and talented bride, Laura Sully Davis and son, Thaddaeus.

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STEPHANIE SKEBA

Steph is from a family of doctors. She grew up in Chicago and went to Purdue University in West Lafayette to major in Dietetics. She was a 3 sport athlete and while studying for the RD exam, she became certified as a personal trainer. For the last 8 years, she worked as a Dietitian and personal trainer at a wellness center in Minnesota. She also taught CrossFit classes for the last 4 years.

Her and her husband, Mark, moved to Atlanta 2 months ago for his job and was blessed to find Iron Tribe, where she coaches and makes meal plans for athletes. She has completed marathons, half iron mans, full iron mans and many CrossFit competitions. However, she could not complete these milestones without proper nutrition. “Food is medicine!!” – Stephanie Skeba.

  •  Registered Dietician
  • Purdue University – Bachelor of Science – Dietetics 2007.
  • Licensed Dietician Nutritionists
  • American Council Exercise
  • Certified Personal Trainer
  • CF-L1
  • Precision Nutrition L1 Coach
  • Iron Tribe Fitness Coach
  • Mobility Certification

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Coach, Executive Admin

CARLY BLANCHETT

OPEX CCP Coach

At the age of 15, Carly lost her Grandmother, who was also her best friend, to numerous chronic diseases and cancer. In efforts to deal with the depression and anxiety, she turned to fitness. She began running and doing bodyweight workouts she found on Pinterest in her basement. She then graduated to long distance running, weight lifting, and finally, found her place in functional fitness. Over this long journey, she realized how valuable of a tool fitness is for understanding who you are.

Carly graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Kinesiology and minors in health promotion and sports business management. She has previously worked at State of Fitness in East Lansing, Michigan and spent a semester in Southern California interning at EXOS, a top-level athletic training facility working with NFL free agents, professional baseball, tennis, and soccer players as well as a specialty with military rehabilitation and training.

Through all struggles and challenges she has been faced with in life, fitness provided incredible physical, mental, and emotional tools to keep moving forward. Her true passion is not simply training someone in a gym, but rather, providing the relationship and knowledge to support and guide them on their own journey to build and grow a healthier more fulfilling life. After losing her Grandmother and her step father to chronic disease, she wants to do what she can to help provide her community with a more holistic approach to living a healthy life.

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SARAH COLBERT

Crossfit Level 1, Certified Exercise Physiologist, Black Belt

Sarah was born and raised in Charlotte, NC to a father who was a competitive powerlifter. Sarah was raised in a weight room but found her passion for fitness through training in TaeKwonDo. She studied TaeKwonDo for 20 years (starting at age 10) and earned her 5th Degree Black Belt in 2017. Sarah graduated from UNC Charlotte with a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science and she graduated from UNC Chapel Hill with a Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology. 

Sarah had originally planned to pursue a degree in Physical Therapy but when her father died of heart disease her freshman year of college it drastically changed her career path. She realized she wanted to help prevent as many premature, avoidable deaths as possible. Sarah worked at a hospital in Myrtle Beach, SC for two years as an Exercise Physiologist in a CardioPulmonary Rehabilitation Program helping patients recover post heart attack, stent placement, open heart surgeries etc. She moved to Atlanta in 2016 after she married her husband, Darion whom she had been dating since they were 18 yo. Sarah worked for WellStar Healthcare System for 2 years in the “Comprehensive Bariatric” Program where she provided exercise counseling and individualized exercise plans to patients pre and post weight loss surgery. For the past year Sarah has been a CrossFit coach and has been learning how to be the best individual coach she can be.

Sarah is most passionate about getting to know her friends and clients on the heart level and helping them be successful on their fitness journeys. She is very passionate about enabling others to live a healthy, happy life, free from chronic disease. In her free time she loves to read, hang out with her husband, Darion and mentor her “little buddy” through the organization, “Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta.”

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CANDY WAKWE

ACE CPT, CrossFit L1, PN1

Candy is originally a South Carolina native, but she completed most of high school in Charlotte, NC.  She moved to Nashville, TN to attend Vanderbilt University (where she met her future husband Walter!), and  double majored in Economics and Psychology (B.S.). Candy and her family called the Music City their home for 9 years before moving to Atlanta in 2010!  Since the move, they have welcomed two amazing kids!  Prior to finding her true passion as a full-time fitness and nutrition coach, Candy worked as a clinical research professional (Oncology and Cardiology) at Emory and Piedmont Hospitals. She has always had a love for sports and fitness!  Candy is excited to fuse her passion for healthy living and fitness  with her gifts in relationship-building and compassion to serve as a Noble Clay coach!

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MEET OUR CAMPAIGN TEAM

THE DREAM TEAM

The Event Coordinator

MINDY FORTNER

Mindy is originally from South Carolina and made the move to Atlanta a little over three years ago. She has a B.A. in Business Marketing and Christian Studies and has spent the last 3 years in the city as an independent contractor in Project Management.

She grew up playing tennis and softball and can almost always be found participating in / on the sidelines of some type of sporting event. With an athlete’s mentality, Mindy has a love/hate relationship with fitness and the gym, as it was ingrained in her through yelling coaches and a whistle. She is most excited about the opportunity to use her passions for urban ministry and discipleship, with the hope that a growing desire and discipline of fitness will follow. Mindy says she is “humbled for the opportunity to use her gifts and talents of Project Management to help launch Noble Clay and cannot wait to see what the Lord does through Coach Ben and this ministry.”
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The Encourager

JIM REDFORD

Jim began serving in Christian ministry over 23 years ago with Dr. Henry Blackaby in the Office of Prayer, Revival, & Spiritual Awakening at the North American Mission Board in Alpharetta, GA.

He then remained with Dr. Blackaby when Henry launched his own ministry in 2000, serving as office manager and ministry assistant until 2018. He has a passion for helping others experience God in a deeper way as they strive for wellness in all facets of life.
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LAURA DAVIS

Laura Davis is the proud wife of Ben Davis and mommy to 1 year old Thaddaeus! Her passions include worship leading, songwriting, discipleship, healthy cooking and working out! She is excited to be a small part of this amazing team!

She loves to cook and have the team and Noble Clay members over!
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COURTNEY LANDIS

Courtney is a native Atlantan living in Grant Park. She has one daughter, Hayley, 17. Her interests include antiquing, interior decorating, and of course, spending time with family and friends. She enjoys volunteering in her community and is active in her church.

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Getting Started At Noble Clay

OUR LOCATION

Our facility is unlike any gym you’ve been to before. We pride ourselves in not only providing world class training but we also believe in creating a motivating, dynamic environment filled with like-minded people of all ages and body types, who are committed to working hard and achieving lasting fitness results. We love what we do and it shows on the gym floor. Come in for a free trial session, make some friends and get fit fast!

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