Asheville-Buncombe Community Land Trust

Damita Jo Wilder

Position: Board Member

Born in Smithfield, NC, Ms. Wilder was the first African-American Child born in the Johnston County Hospital System.

Education: The District of Columbia, and Asheville City School Systems. Attended UNC-Asheville

Family: Three Daughters, One Granddaughter, two Grandsons, Two Great-grand sons, Zion and Carson. One Great-Granddaughter, Sanai

Service in the AME Zion Church:

Assistant Church Secretary

Class Leader

Sunday School Teacher

District Director-Christian Education

Exhorter

Local Preacher

Ordain Deacon

Ordain Elder

Board Chair-Blue Ridge Christian Education

Blue Ridge Conference Board of Examiners Member

Pastor of Mt Zion-Cullowhee for ten years, where she helped develop, and is listed as a Founder of the DIVAS for Jesus, and GQ Ministry of Western Carolina University.

April 2003: Recipient of the Western Carolina University’s Service Award for outstanding service, dedication and commitment to Africa America Students.

To date, Pastor Wilder has been the only Non-Faculty/Staff, Non-Student to ever receive this award.

Member and Officer: Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance

Currently serving as Pastor of Varick Chapel AME Zion Church Asheville

Membership Overview

The ABCLT is a membership-based nonprofit that is controlled by its members. All ABCLT homeowners are members, and other people in the community may also join. All general members have a say in the direction of the ABCLT through voting at the annual membership meeting.

As a general member, you will:

  • Help create and maintain housing that will remain permanently affordable.
  • Participate in meetings of the Membership. 
  • Cast 1 vote on matters properly put before the Membership.
  • Nominate and participate in the election of the Board of Directors.
  • Serve on the Board or committees, if chosen.
  • Receive notices and minutes of Membership Meetings and Annual Reports.
  • You are invited to attend trainings and events.

As a supporting member, you will:

  • Help create and maintain housing that will remain permanently affordable. 
  • Participate in meetings of the Membership. 
  • Serve on the Board or committees, if chosen.
  • Receive notices and minutes of Membership Meetings and Annual Reports.
  • You are invited to attend trainings and events.

The annual membership fee is $25/year or 2 hours of sweat equity.

To become a member, please complete online the application form on this page or you can download the PDF version and mail it in with your $25 membership fee.