God has blessed me with a passion to serve others in ways that can bring value to their journey of transformation where they can find and pursue their own relationship with God and their own calling. Towards that end, I have been a ‘serial entrepreneur’ for most of my adult life. My focus has been on franchising, small business development, and real estate development. My journey has taken me through more than a dozen enterprises serving in 9 states and 11 Dioceses. Since 2012 my wife, Cherie, and I have been active members of St. Matthew’s Westerville. I have served on the Vestry, and the Way Forward/Strategic Initiative Task Force, been a lay Lector, and actively involved in our Episcopal House in Uptown Westerville. Known as the Pray Think Love House it is both portal and launching pad; a portal through which our community can access the love of God in ways meaningful to them; and a launching pad into which we gather and from which we depart to deliver the love of God to our community right where they are. Along with Cherie and many others, I have helped lead our outreach to refugees. In addition to sponsoring a high school student’s trip to Boston to compete in a national STEM Club competition we have also ‘adopted’ a refugee Muslim family; a father with 2 daughters (1 now graduating from Otterbein and 1 entering Otterbein) and a son doing exceedingly well in high school. I served as the Chair of Partners In Ministry In Liberia (PIMIL) and then as Chair of our successful PIMIL Endowment Initiative. My completion of Formation for Common Ministry laid the foundation for me to become a more active part of the Diocese. I was honored to serve as a Delegate to Diocesan Convention for 2 years; and am now finishing my second term on Diocesan Council. I have also had the privilege to serve as Chair of the Budget Committee through several very challenging years. I was both humbled and honored to serve our Diocese as an Alternate Deputy for the 79th General Convention and was called to serve as a Deputy for the 80th General Convention which will now convene in 2022. I have been awarded Keys to The City by Mayors in both Birmingham, AL and Philadelphia, PA and previously honored as African American Business of the Year in Los Angeles, CA. I have served on the Boards of Directors of the Urban League and Boys and Girls Club in various cities as well as having served as a Board Member of both the National Black McDonald’s Operators Association and the Burger King National Minority Franchisee Association. Additionally, I was a Board Member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated National Building Foundation and the Chairman of Alpha’s National Business and Economic Development Foundation. Finally, now as a real estate developer with a focus on church-based non-profit owners of affordable housing I work collaboratively with real estate professionals across the country. Together we seek to assist these owners in bringing their visions of benefiting their residents and their communities, and those of their church sponsors, to fruition.
Nine months before I was born, my parents started taking me to worship and serve with St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Evanston, IL. They took me on their journey as they lived into Joshua 24:15 and it became my journey; their greatest gift to me, after life itself. Of course, neither of those gifts were really theirs, but they made themselves intentionally available and God used them; and my own journey toward, what we now call Becoming Beloved Community, continues. In the call and response style of our ancestors I see Micah 6:8 as the call and Isaiah 6:8 as the response. I have been blessed with the privilege to serve and continue to seek how I can serve ‘more’. I have also been blessed with real relationships here with other sojourners who, like The Spirit, both push and pull me in ways that I could never do by myself. They have all been part of my discernment; and I prayerfully place myself in nomination to serve the 5-year term as a Trustee of the Church Foundation. We have much work to do in our Diocese and I am spiritually and professionally prepared to do the important work that these Trustees do on our behalf. I pray for your support.
Peace and blessings……..