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.
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
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Director of Life Planning and Retirement Coaching
Andrew invested the first 20 years of his life on church staffs, most recently for 17 years at First Evangelical Church of Memphis. He has spent his career helping people navigate from where they are to where they want to be, pointing people toward the gospel of Jesus Christ. He has the heart of a shepherd and the mind of a coach, guiding people with grace and truth.
He has worked and lived in the Memphis community since 2005, partnering with individuals, non-profits, and businesses to see our city thrive. He has decades of experience walking with people through key life transitions in order to help people find purpose and meaning.
Encore Initiative is a curriculum Andrew has developed to establish alignment, confidence, and traction as people approach and enter the transition to retirement. His service helps people renew their focus toward The Great Commission in their next season of life.
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.
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.
Director, Eikon & Nathan Street Ministries
Senior Product Manager, HKC-US / Palm Coast Imports LLC
Founder, Ninety8 Ventures, LLC
Executive Director / Founder, City Leadership
Owner, Driven By Productions
Assistant Pastor to Middle Adults, Second Presbyterian Church
Vice President Marketing, Wellaco Inc.
Teaching Pastor, Downtown Church
Principal, Presbyterian Day School
Partner, Remac Appraisals
Agent/Owner, State Farm Insurance
CEO, Bloomington Health Foundation
Sales Leader, Abbvie
CEO, WellWorX Wellness
Hampton A. Holcomb
Financial Services Executive, Strategic Financial Partners
Business Hub Director, Binghampton Development Corporation
Product Manager, Whiteboard
Founder and CEO, Montgomery Martin Contractors
President and Principal, Maximum Hospitality
Account Representative, Stuart C. Irby Co.
Pastor, Independent Presbyterian Church
Regional Director of Community, Faith Driven Entrepreneur | Founder of A Radical Relationship
Dr. Keith Owen
VP, Analytics and Technology · Wunderman Thompson Performance Marketing
Lead Pastor, Downtown Church
Financial Services Executive, Strategic Financial Partners
Dr. Sam Shaw
Managing Director and Financial Advisor, Truist.
Real Estate Investor, Business Accelerator Michael Hyatt Co
Scott A. Trammell
Executive Vice President and Financial Advisor, Strategic Financial Partners
Area Vice President, Expedient
Senior Vice President, Fountain Equipment Finance LLC
Vice Chairman, Board of Directors, Kemmons Wilson Companies
Assistant Pastor to Young Adults, Second Presbyterian Church
Advice for Work
Over 50 industry experts to help with decisions and next steps along your journey.
Weekly Group Meetings
Bible study with group discussions covering: life purpose and meaning of work, leadership, blessing others, redemptive entrepreneurship, and cultural impact.
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.