FreshMinistries is a 501(c)3 interfaith organization working to eliminate extreme poverty by empowering communities and individuals to realize their full potential.
Founded in 1989, FreshMinistries focuses on sustainable outreach in core-city Jacksonville and throughout the world, through programs to teach financial literacy, life skills, job preparation, business incubation and other initiatives aimed at enhancing quality of life in impoverished and crime-ridden neighborhoods.
Current programs include the highly successful Beaver Street Enterprise Center (our core-city business incubator), the LifePoint Career Institute (providing job training and placement for unemployed adults), and Fresh Futures and Fresh Path programs, helping at-risk youth (including court-involved youth) gain life skills and job placement.
In all we do, we are driven by the Millennium Development Goals, adopted by the United Nations as a framework to end poverty in our time. We are passionate about these goals, and contribute to this effort in many ways:
Goal 2: Achieve universal primary education, through mentoring and programs to strengthen families.
Goal 3: Promote gender equality and empower women, through business development, family support and education.
Goal 4: Reduce child mortality, through programs to promote health internationally and in core-city Jacksonville.
Goal 5: Improve maternal health, through international programs and the Network for Strengthening Families.
Goal 6: Combat HIV/AIDS and other diseases, through education and prevention programs in Jacksonville and around the world.
Goal 7: Ensure environmental sustainability, through agricultural training programs to promote organic farming and entrepreneurship.
About our Founder
About Dr. Lee
The Rev. Dr. Robert V. Lee III
Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
After serving as rector of Church of Our Saviour in Jacksonville, Florida, Dr. Lee was called to establish a new kind of ministry. Having created the concept for FreshMinistries in 1988 and incorporating it into a working 501(c)(3) in 1989, Dr. Lee elevated the organization to a full-time ministry in 1994. Read More >
Board and Staff
Purcell, Flanagan & Hay, P.A.
The Rev. Dr. Robert V. Lee III
Chairman, CEO and Founder, FreshMinistries, Inc.
Marshall D. Gunn, Jr.
President of Gunn Chamberlain, P.L, Director
Robert Riegel, Jr.
Partner, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC
Daniel K. Bean, Chairman
Founder, Abel Bean Law PLLC
President, Barcelo & Company
Kinder Cannon III
Esq., Partner, Holland & Knight [ret.]
The Rev. Dr. James Cooper
Rector, Trinity Wall Street [ret.]
President, Edward Waters College
Rabbi Michael Matuson
Beth El, Beaches Synagogue, A Reform Congregation
Chair VISTA Group 2081
President, aCerno [ret.]
The Honorable Gerald Tjoflat
Judge, 11th Circuit Court of Appeals
Chief Restructuring Officer, Propertize B.V.
President, Valentine Management Group, Inc.
Joannie Newton, Honorary Chair
Chairman Emeritus, Regency Centers, Inc.
Ted Baker II
President & CEO, Blue Water Industries
Edward E. Burr
President/CEO, GreenPointe Holdings LLC
James D. Clark
MSW, ACSW, LCSW, CFRE,
Clark Minority Consultants LLC
Artist based in Jacksonville, Florida
The Rev. Rudolph W. McKissick, Sr.
Pastor, Bethel Baptist Institutional Church
President, Sleiman Enterprises
Head, Global Medical Directors at ViiV Healthcare
Senior Vice President, Corporate Development and Investor Relations, EverBank
President, Tempool, Inc.
Richard W. Stein
Chairman of Wellhouse Company
F. Russell Beard Jr.
Managing Director, Brinkmere Capital Partners, LLC
President, University of North Florida
Partner, FireHouse Subs
The Rev. Fred Newbill
Pastor, First Timothy Baptist Church
Director, Clara White Mission
U.S. Congressman, Florida’s 4th District
Dr. Ryan Uitti
Professor of Neurology, Deputy Director – Mayo Clinic
Kamele Oupa Seane
University of North Florida
Executive Director, FL Public Broadcasting Service
Executive Asst. to Chairman & CEO
904-355-0000, ext. 413
Contact headquarters staff at 904-355-0000.
Beaver Street Enterprise Center
Weaver Center for Community Outreach
904-854-6770, ext. 311
904-854-6770, ext. 318
904-854-6770, ext. 310
904-854-6770 ext 2
Sources of Support
FreshMinistries receives support from a number of sources, including generous private donors and Career Source Northeast Florida, the Edna Sproull Williams Foundationand the Scheidel Foundation, Florida Department of Children and Families, U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Economic Development Administration, and the City of Jacksonville. We are also grateful to employer partners who hire students in our youth programs, and to organizations that provide support at the Beaver Street Enterprise Center. Many of our programs are sponsored by LSF Health Systems LLC, and State of Florida, Department of Children and Families.