About The Center

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.

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).

Read Our Statement of Faith

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).

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.

Leadership

Howard Graham

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. Everywhere Howard serves, he is a catalyst for new growth and transformational change.

He is a leader in the faith community of Memphis. As a member of Downtown Church, he is an active participant in a diverse set of ministries across the city. Over the years, his board involvement includes: Second Presbyterian Church, Nathan Street Ministries, and Presbyterian Day School. At Presbyterian Day School, he served as Chairman of the Board before joining full-time as Chaplain and Executive Director of Building Boys, Making Men.

Howard loves to help people, organizations, and communities achieve their highest potential. He is a natural connector of people and opportunities.

hgraham@thecentermemphis.org

Carter Snodgrass

Carter Snodgrass

Content Strategist

Carter is passionate about people, the church, and ideas. In 2021, he graduated from University of Missouri - St. Louis with a B.A. in philosophy. In college, he tutored logic, led Cru on his campus, and met his wife, Lindsey.

Carter finds joy in learning from others and debating concepts.

csnodgrass@thecentermemphis.org

Advisors

Leaders in our city with relevant industry expertise and compassionate hearts for people. The leaders pictured on this page, and many more, are willing to meet with you.

Willie Baldwin

Willie Baldwin

Director, Eikon & Nathan Street Ministries

Nonprofit,
Youth Ministry,
Discipleship,
Jason Biggs

Jason Biggs

Senior Product Manager, HKC-US / Palm Coast Imports LLC

Entrepreneurship,
Product Development,
Tee Brown

Tee Brown

President, GMFS

Financial Services,
Entrepreneurship,
Deal Structuring,
Dan Butler

Dan Butler

Founder, Ninety8 Ventures, LLC

Entrepreneurship,
Deal Structuring,
Real Estate,
John Carroll

John Carroll

Executive Director / Founder, City Leadership

Business Strategy,
Nonprofit,
Executive Leadership,
Sam Coates

Sam Coates

Owner, Driven By Productions

Small Business,
Entrepreneurship,
Podcast and Stories,
Damon Conley

Damon Conley

Discipleship Pastor, Brown Missionary Baptist Church

Marketing,
Executive Leadership,
Financial Services,
Brantley Davidson

Brantley Davidson

Vice President Marketing, Wellaco Inc.

Digital Marketing,
Business Strategy,
Innovation,
Michael Davis

Michael Davis

Teaching Pastor, Downtown Church

Gospel Minister,
Financial Services,
Economic Revitalization,
Mark Fruitt

Mark Fruitt

Principal, Presbyterian Day School

Elementary Education,
Coaching,
Leadership Development,
John Gallina

John Gallina

Partner, Remac Appraisals

Real Estate,
Appraisal Residential,
Residential Construction,
Matthew Gant

Matthew Gant

Agent/Owner, State Farm Insurance

Insurance,
Financial Services,
Entrepreneurship,
Lending and Borrowing,
Resume Building,
Michelle Gilchrist

Michelle Gilchrist

CEO, Bloomington Health Foundation

Nonprofit,
Strategy Development and Implementation,
Business Development,
Hampton A. Holcomb

Hampton A. Holcomb

Financial Services Executive, Strategic Financial Partners

Financial Decision Making,
Financial Services,
Blake Lam

Blake Lam

Product Manager, Whiteboard

Digital Marketing,
Montgomery Martin

Montgomery Martin

Founder and CEO, Montgomery Martin Contractors

Executive Leadership,
Commercial Construction,
Negotiation,
Brian Moak

Brian Moak

Account Representative, Stuart C. Irby Co.

Sales,
Electrical Products Distribution,
Ed Norton

Ed Norton

Pastor, Independent Presbyterian Church

Gospel Minister,
Discipleship,
Career Counseling,
Dr. Keith Owen

Dr. Keith Owen

Pediatrician

Pediatrician,
Medical Small Business,
Product Development,
Rebekah Payne

Rebekah Payne

VP, Analytics and Technology · Wunderman Thompson Performance Marketing

Digital Marketing,
Accounting,
Media,
Deborah Perkins

Deborah Perkins

IBM Consultant

Information Technology Consulting,
Logistics,
Retail,
Richard Rieves

Richard Rieves

Lead Pastor, Downtown Church

Gospel Minister,
Economic Revitalization,
Church Planting,
Fred Schaeffer

Fred Schaeffer

Financial Services Executive, Strategic Financial Partners

Insurance,
Financial Services,
Dr. Sam Shaw

Dr. Sam Shaw

Retired Principal

Education,
Music,
Counseling,
Rob Thompson

Rob Thompson

Real Estate Investor, Business Accelerator Michael Hyatt Co

Residential Real Estate,
Lending and Borrowing,
Executive Leadership,
Gordon Thompson

Gordon Thompson

Managing Director and Financial Advisor, Truist.

Financial Services,
Financial Decision Making,
Entrepreneurship,
Scott A. Trammell

Scott A. Trammell

Executive Vice President and Financial Advisor, Strategic Financial Partners

Financial Services,
Financial Decision Making,
Sales Management,
Rob Ward

Rob Ward

Area Vice President, Expedient

Information Technology,
Business Development,
Coaching,
Wade West

Wade West

Senior Vice President, Fountain Equipment Finance LLC

Financial Services,
Small Business,
Nonprofit,
Katie West

Katie West

HR Consultant

Financial Services,
Organizational Development,
Leadership Development,
Enneagram Coach,
Nonprofit,
Kem Wilson

Kem Wilson

Vice Chairman, Board of Directors, Kemmons Wilson Companies

Hospitality,
Career Counseling,
Marriage,
General Business,
Brett Wynne

Brett Wynne

Assistant Pastor to Young Adults, Second Presbyterian Church

Gospel Minister,
Discipleship,

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