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"RISE to the next Level"

Sharon Fitz & Chanda McGuffin Co-Founders


Meet Minister & Life Coach & 

RISE'S Spiritual Advisor Garnetta Graham

This is an answered prayer of ours. We have wanted to connect to a Black woman who would guide us spiritually while understanding that RISE is a movement. We are not a religious organization. However, the two Queens that lead the organization are spiritually led. This is not to remove Pastor Paul from his capacity, because he guides us in a different way. We need them both. 

 Garnetta Graham resides in High Point, NC . She is the youngest of 12 children born out of the union of James and Annie Revels. She is married to her life partner, Vernon and have a combined a total of 6 children and 10 grandchildren. She was licensed as an ordained minister January 2007.  She is a Certified Life Coach branching out her first business “Matters of the Heart Life Coaching and Grief Services”. 

Her favorite scripture is Jeremiah 29:11.

You will see more of Minister & Life Coach, Garnetta when you participate in RISE functions.  She will be coming to Waynesboro often to get to know all of us.  We are excited about this new team member that God has chosen for us! Get ready, Get ready, Get ready!!!

Our Recent Work

RISE Headquarters Grand Opening

August 2020

Approximately 2,000 square foot facility for learning and training of young people and adults.  This beautiful spaces houses the All Black Library with books from pre-K to adults.  The books can be checked out with a RISE library card.

Sean Perryman Visits RISE 

April 2021

Lt Governor Candidate, Sean Perryman came to tour the RISE headquarters and meet constituents.  The RISE children posed questions to him that they had prepared prior to coming to RISE.  They asked challenging questions and loved the experience.


RISE will be a vehicle for giving voice to the voiceless, strength to the weak and support for the lost within the Black community. RISE will give hope back to the Black community. 

"Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time.  We are the ones we've been waiting for.  

We are the change that we seek."  

President Barack Obama

Co~Founders of RISE

Sharon Fitz and Chanda McGuffin didn't know each other until November 2017, but they have forged a force to be reckoned with in Virginia.  In a short period of time, they have created a partnership that leads five sub teams.


Pastor Paul Oakley

Pastor Paul was a part of every conversation, activity and event since we started the bridging the gap conversations right after the deadly racial unrest in Charlottesville in 2017.  He has engaged his members  of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship here in Waynesboro with financial support, volunteers for the reading and writing camp and organizing all the food for the students.  

Pastor Paul offers us sound advice and stability within our decision making process.  His voice of reason and weighing the options have been a constant over the past few years.