Our Mission & VIsion

We help leaders define reality and offer hope through the truth of God’s Word applied to everyday life and work — with the goal of transforming lives as we lead our families, organizations, and our great city.

Leaders In Memphis

Who We Serve

We serve leaders who desire to move from ambivalence, distraction and uncertainty to confident clarity of mission and daily purposeful action.

Influencers

You have significant authority and responsibility. Many people look to you for leadership. You want to be sure you guide others well. Prioritizing correctly is one of your chief concerns. You want to know what God’s Word says in order to inform your life and leadership.

Innovators

You see limitless possibilities for the Kingdom and others. You want to see God’s Word make a difference in the world. You appreciate original thought and tested wisdom. You approach both problems and solutions with creativity and purpose. You are comfortable challenging the status quo, but want to make sure your work is grounded in ultimate truth.

Connectors

You build bridges between people and ideas for the benefit of individuals and organizations. You want to know how you can better invest your time and talent to make a difference. You want to know what God says about life’s purpose so you can help others make an impact on the world.

Investigators

You work hard and think deeply. You ask excellent questions about the validity of things—values, plans, ideas, statements, and organizations—that others accept as fact, because you want to do what is right. You want to know if there is real truth and how to apply that truth to the inconsistencies you see in the world.

What We Do

How We Help

We help leaders of businesses and organizations in Memphis live out their kingdom purpose.

Proclaim

Proclaim God’s love through the Gospel of Jesus and explain how His kingdom promise make a difference in everyday work and life.

Provide

Provide leaders with Christ-centered counsel and wisdom to empower them to approach everything they face in life and work with a kingdom mindset.

Produce

Produce leaders who confidently steward their gifts, resources, and relationships as redemptive agents of God’s kingdom.

Weekly Group Meetings

Bible study with group discussions covering: life purpose and meaning of work, leadership, blessing others, redemptive entrepreneurship, and cultural impact.

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Individual Meetings

In-person or virtual one-on-one meetings to discuss big decisions, career or job changes, big idea feedback, strategic planning, investigative faith study, and more.

What We're About

Our Values

Christ at The Center

Christ and the Word of God are the same (John 1:1-4). We place the infallible, Holy Spirit inspired Word of God at the center of everything we teach and discuss. We believe Christ created all things visible and invisible and that all things are created through him and for him (Colossians 1:16). In Christ we live and move and have our being (Acts 17:28).

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Foundational Truths

Humility

Jesus was the most powerful and the most humble person to walk the earth (Philippians 6-11). Since Christ has reconciled us to God be making peace by the blood of the cross (Colossians 1:20) — we have everything we need In Christ, we no longer need to live for ourselves, we can live with Christ like assurance and humility as we serve others (Luke 10:29-37, Philippians 2:1-5).

Kingdom Mindset

The Kingdom of God is coming and is now here (Mark 1:15). God is making all things new (Revelation 21:1). The Gospel of Jesus means that God is reclaiming everything that is his. We are called to repent, believe, and follow our Savior and King. Trust Him with your life as you engage in His work to make disciples of all nations. Use your gifts — design, build, invest, communicate, teach, lead...spend your life and resources blessing others as you spread the love of Christ.

Diversity

All people are made in the image of God with the same dignity. Heaven will be full of people from every nation, tribe, and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands praising God (Revelation 7:9). Therefore we will honor diversity and inclusion in all we do now.

Memphis

We love Memphis and aim to see our people, organizations, and city prosper. We look for ways to bless our neighbors, coworkers, and all of our citizens by building, creating, buying, selling, giving, and collaborating in ways that promote the common good of our city (Jeremiah 29:4-5,7).

Our Leadership

Who We Are

Howard Graham, Executive Director of The Center - Memphis

Howard Graham

Executive Director

Howard spent 30 years as an entrepreneur and business leader — most recently as an executive for a global digital agency, Wunderman/WPP. He is also a leader in the faith community.

He is an elder and teacher at Second Presbyterian Church and has served on several boards including: Families Matter, Nathan Street Ministries, and Presbyterian Day School. At PDS he served as Chairman of the Board before joining PDS full-time as Chaplain and Executive Director of Building Boys, Making Men.

Board of Advisors

Willie Baldwin

Willie Baldwin

Director, Eikon & Nathan Street Ministries

Tee Brown

Tee Brown

President, GMFS

Dan Butler

Dan Butler

Chief Revenue Officer, 6AM Core Collective

Sam Coates

Sam Coates

Owner, HavenSpace

Damon Conley

Damon Conley

Discipleship Pastor, Brown Missionary Baptist Church

Brantley Davidson

Brantley Davidson

Vice President Strategy, Wunderman Thompson

Michael Davis

Michael Davis

Teaching Pastor, Downtown Church

John Gallina

John Gallina

Partner, Remac Appraisals

Matthew Gant

Matthew Gant

Agent/Owner, State Farm Insurance

Michelle Gilchrist

Michelle Gilchrist

Chief Executive Officer, National Foundation for Transplants

Larissa Gregory

Larissa Gregory

Behavior Psychologist Education Consulting

Jeremy Jones

Jeremy Jones

Assistant Pastor, Independent Presbyterian Church

Blake Lam

Blake Lam

Freelance Web Designer/Developer

Montgomery Martin

Montgomery Martin

Founder and CEO, Montgomery Martin Contractors

Brian Moak

Brian Moak

Account Representative, Stuart C. Irby Co.

Dr. Keith Owen

Dr. Keith Owen

Pediatrician

Rob Thompson

Rob Thompson

Real Estate Investor, Business Accelerator Michael Hyatt Co

Gordon Thompson

Gordon Thompson

Private Financial Advisor, Truist

Scott A. Trammell, CFP

Scott A. Trammell, CFP

Executive Vice President, Financial Advisor

Wade West

Wade West

Vice President/Partner, Fountain Leasing LLC

Kem Wilson

Kem Wilson

Vice Chairman, Board of Directors, Kemmons Wilson Companies

Brett Wynne

Brett Wynne

Assistant Pastor to Young Adults, Second Presbyterian Church