Founded by the Mack Avenue Community Church in 2010, MACC Development is one of the most innovative nonprofits in Detroit.


MACC Development was founded by the Mack Avenue Community Church in 2010 to be the hands and feet of the church, and to carry out the vision both organizations share.


Seeing communities transformed, both spiritually and physically, starting with our own.


MACC Development exists to seek the holistic revitalization of Detroit’s 48214 zip code, block by block, neighbor by neighbor.


  1. We are committed to holistic, Gospel-centered community development, one that equitably and thoughtfully integrates care and concern for the spiritual, physical, and social conditions of our neighborhood for the glory of Jesus Christ.
  2. We work exclusively in the 48214 zip code on the east side of Detroit. We live here, raise our families here, and will remain here to promote the value, dignity and worth of the 48214.
  3.  We affirm that community development happens best when organizations step outside of top-down approaches and onto the front porches of neighboring. To that end, we strive to celebrate the uniqueness of every block and every neighborhood in the 48214
  4. We believe that community development begins and ends with the empowerment of the families and individuals. We are not merely about ideas, initiatives, plans or projects: we are first and foremost about glorifying God through loving his people.




Pastors' Eric Russ, Leon Stevenson and Eric Nielson begin talks of church planting in Detroit.


Pastor Eric Russ begins speaking at partnering churches about the Mack Avenue church plant

First staff team begins to arrive and purchase homes in 48214


Wall Street Journal publishes article about MACC


MACC Development is founded

 MACC purchases first home and starts renovation for a family in the church

late 2010

MACC Lit is founded and begins first day of tutoring on November 9, 2010

MACC purchases 7900 Mack Avenue in the Wayne County tax auction


MACC Development purchases home on Fischer Street

MACC Lit finishes its first school year serving 26 students with 46 volunteers


MACC Sports is born and hosts its first soccer season with 50 players, 40 families, 8 teams and 18 coaches

MACC Lit runs a summer Book-it program to promote summer reading


MACC Legal is presented to the Board of Directors and accepted as an exploratory initiative

MACC Lit hosts a 10-week summer camp to prevent reading loss

7900 Mack is renovated to host MACC Lit and MACC Legal Spaces

MACC Sports hosts its 2nd and 3rd seasons with over 100 participants


MACC Lit begins in school tutoring at Nichols Elementary 4 days a week

MACC Legal hosts its first intake day January 18,2014

MACC Development works with architect and contractor on initial plans for a complete renovation of 7900 Mack


MACC Sports partners with On Goal and hosts its first basketball and volleyball camps

MACC Development begins million dollar renovation at 7900 Mack Avenue to create community space, offices and The Commons in its storefront



Portraits by Field Gems Photography

Leon Stevenson
Pastor, Mack Avenue Community Church

Jonathan Demers
Associate Attorney, Honigman Miller Schwartz & Cohn

Justin Mast
Founder, Bloomscape

Bryon Rossi
Social Entrepreneur


Carolyn Davis
Retired, DMC

Sandra Stahl
Deputy Director, Planning and Strategy, City of Detroit - GSD

Scott Munekawa
Account Manager, Google