He is an excellent organizer with over 20 years of experience in leadership and community development. A multi-tasked and highly motivated Pastor/Teacher with the ability to inspire, counsel, design and implement positive yet effective change in areas severely challenged by socio-economic conditions. Mark Anthony has a long history as a former staff member of these Inner-City ministries including but not exclusive to:
• Navigators Urban Ministries in Atlanta, GA & Minneapolis, MN
• S.T.E.P. (Strategies to Elevate People) Inc. in Dallas, Texas
• Youth for Christ in Decatur, GA; SAFEHOUSE Outreach Ministries in Atlanta, GA
• Founding Pastor of New Birth Inner-City Ministries in Atlanta, GA
• Extensive inner-city ministry on the continent of Africa: in North Africa (Morocco); West Africa (Ghana) and South Africa.
• Minister of Urban Missions /Outreach Director Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, Atlanta, GA
Through his vast experience as a graduate of Harvard University, being a Fulbright Scholar, and extensive travel throughout the world doing ministry among the less fortunate, Mark Anthony has developed the passion, knowledge, and expertise to bring transformational impact to inner city men and foster care alumni, particularly area residents who have served time in prison and needed help re-entering society.
Paul Wilson, Jr., Director of Business Development for Kinsman Community Ministries Inc., is a creative and effective leadership consultant with nearly 15 years of experience building leaders through developing, coordinating, and facilitating dynamic professional learning environments. He has developed expertise in leadership development, management skills, strategic planning, organizational development, career development, supply chain management, and supplier diversity. He is a respected advisor to corporations, small businesses, non-profits, and professionals at all levels.
He is a social entrepreneurship educator, small business advocate, and digital media expert, providing dynamic business and leadership training solutions to help grow businesses and organizations that strengthen communities. As a result of his strong, diverse background in business, he has consulted or spoken to several organizations including the National Football League (NFL), Fortune 500 Companies, trade organizations, small businesses, and several churches and schools all over the country.
He has published two books that have helped countless numbers of people transform the concept of a fulfilling life purpose into a meaningful reality. In addition to writing and speaking, Paul was the executive producer and host of Passion in Action TV, a motivational and educational faith-based TV show mobilizes social entrepreneurs, business leaders, and community change agents to transform their aspirations into actions.
Thomas Cotton’s early years were filled with challenges and no direction. Having gone though a criminal lifestyle which lead to being incarcerated Thomas can relate to and inspire many by his experience and turnaround. He realizes that his story is unique to him, but everyone has a story and the same change he experienced can be for everyone.
Thomas has a strong desire to see people stay alive and free from jail, prison and negative cycles. This led him in 2010 to launch Redemption & Advancement Alliance, Inc. (RAA). It was to the point he was frustrated seeing people caught in negative cycles along with going in and out of jail/prison.
He began with the purpose of providing education, inspiration and guidance to incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals through group activities and services. These endeavors were designed to generate positive and productive reintegration into society, community and family. He then began to expand to organizations that served the "at risk" population along with organizations that serve those with "barriers to employments".
His hope is to have an organization that walks participants through a process, which includes working with partnering organizations, to help people break out of negative cycles, so they will be able to one day help others of the same cycles they were once a part of.
Throughout the 18 years Thomas has dedicated to help many overcome challenges, he has served in many roles that include being a youth pastor, family strengthening guide, mentor and pastor.
*Note: Biographies of our other team members who will serve as trainers and mentors are available upon request.