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Our Story

Est. 1989


Our Mission

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 1: Eradicate extreme poverty and hungerthrough our job training programs and international work.

Goal 2: Achieve universal primary educationthrough mentoring and programs to strengthen families.

Goal 3: Promote gender equality and empower womenthrough 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 healththrough 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 sustainabilitythrough agricultural training programs to promote organic farming and entrepreneurship.

Goal 8: Promote partnerships for economic development, through our Beaver Street Enterprise CenterLifePoint Career Institute and international development programs.


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


Our Board


Tim Flanagan
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

Bruce Barcelo 
President, Barcelo & Company

Kinder Cannon III
Esq., Partner, Holland & Knight [ret.]

The Rev. Dr. James Cooper 
Rector, Trinity Wall Street [ret.]

Nathaniel Glover 
President, Edward Waters College

Rabbi Michael Matuson
Beth El, Beaches Synagogue, A Reform Congregation

George Robbins 
Chair VISTA Group 2081

Thomas Sperry 
President, aCerno [ret.]

The Honorable Gerald Tjoflat 
Judge, 11th Circuit Court of Appeals

George Yeonas 
Chief Restructuring Officer, Propertize B.V.

Richard Valentine
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
Clark Minority Consultants LLC

Jim Draper
Artist based in Jacksonville, Florida

The Rev. Rudolph W. McKissick, Sr. 
Pastor, Bethel Baptist Institutional Church

Toney Sleiman 
President, Sleiman Enterprises

Corky Steinhart
Head, Global Medical Directors at ViiV Healthcare

Scott Verlander 
Senior Vice President, Corporate Development and Investor Relations, EverBank

Jon Temple
President, Tempool, Inc.


Richard W. Stein
Chairman of Wellhouse Company

F. Russell Beard Jr.
Managing Director, Brinkmere Capital Partners, LLC

John Delaney 
President,  University of North Florida

Stephen Joost 
Partner, FireHouse Subs

The Rev. Fred Newbill 
Pastor, First Timothy Baptist Church

Ju’Coby Pittman
Director, Clara White Mission

John Rutherford 
U.S. Congressman, Florida’s 4th District

Dr. Ryan Uitti
Professor of Neurology, Deputy Director – Mayo Clinic

Kamele Oupa Seane
University of North Florida

Patrick Yack
Executive Director, FL Public Broadcasting Service

FreshMinistries Staff


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Bobby Lee
Director of Urban Operations


Shelly Marino
Chief of Staff


Debra Dixon
Accounting Department



Pam Kearney
Director of Program Development and Grant Management

Michelle Harcourt, Executive Director, Weaver Community Center Initiatives

Edye McCown
Executive Asst. to Chairman & CEO
904-355-0000, ext. 413

Contact headquarters staff at 904-355-0000.

Beaver Street Enterprise Center


Theresa Johnson

Managing Director


Chris Rones

Special Events/Maintenance
904-854-6770 or 904-993-9166


LaShonda Carter

Office Manager

Weaver Center for Community Outreach


Roszona DeSue

Hospitality Instructor
904-854-6770, ext. 311

Donell Neal

Data Management
904-854-6770, ext. 318

Debbie McClendon

Administrative Assistant
904-854-6770, ext. 310


Michelle Harcourt

Executive Director
904-854-6770 ext 2


Carolyn Campbell

Nursing Assistance Tutor
904-854-6770, ext. 309


Chance Dial

Aquaponics Facility Manager


Anthony Stanley

Fresh Futures Program Coordinator
904-854-6770, ext. 301


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 FoundationFlorida Department of Children and FamiliesU.S. Department of LaborU.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.

We welcome donations to support our work, and are especially grateful to the following corporate sponsors:

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