The World Health Organization definition of health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. In this light, Powerful Visions is very concerned about the suffering of so many of God’s people that has arisen from the current Coronavirus Pandemic that is changing our reality of life that we may have considered “normal.” We want our nation, and our world to be safe and practice social distancing, personal cleansing protocols and have support for our medical community, food providers, authentic leaders and all those who are answering the high call to serve and help us survive and fight this unprecedented virus. Our social and economic landscape will be forever changed, however we believe that the principles of our organization will lead is into the rebirth of a stronger, united and resilient community of faith. I ask you this question, what is your vision for the future? With all the uncertainty in the global financial markets, our gross unpreparedness for a biomedical crisis of this proportion in the midst of an outbreak of fear and anxiety that has been embedded in the hearts and minds of so many, what is the vision for our future? Vision is defined both as the faculty or state of being able to see and the ability to think about or plan the future with imagination. As a follower of the teachings of the late Dr. Myles Munroe, Powerful Visions Founder and CEO, Rev. Thomas Holmes embraced his mentor’s powerful vision. We believe that we must understand our purpose and 20/20 vision will be made clearer when we see ourselves not through the eyes of what we see or experience through our feelings, but by submitting to the power source internally that guides us on our journey through the valleys and over the mountains to becoming who we were created by way of our God given purpose and collective identity. Dr. Munroe said that “Purpose is when you know and understand what you were born to accomplish and Vision is when you see it in your mind and begin to imagine it.” We each have a role in the rebuilding of our community. We have to see it first in our heart to believe it! We have to see ourselves moving from chaos to community!
In the midst of the market crash of 2008, wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, broken communities, financial market uncertainty, inequality, injustice, and a genuine divisions along our differences devoid of authentic love one for another, Powerful Visions was birthed in 2009. It was hard to imagine how things could ever recover when this nation was deeply entrenched in fear, uncertainty and mistrust. Inspired by the election of President Barack Obama during a time when our country was on the verge of a depression, hope was still on the horizon fueled by his campaign slogan “Yes we Can.” Once we did, the vision of the first African American president gave us all hope that anything is possible. Michelle Obama said, “History has shown us that courage can be contagious and that Hope can take on a life of its own.” So while Covid19 is a contagious disease, courage and hope are more contagious when we are empowered by a united vision of a better tomorrow. Can you hear me now?
Powerful Visions believes that our communities, private and public sectors in collaboration with effective leadership and educational institutions must take ownership of the inequities that exist to create a culture of excellence, climate of communication and mutual respect. It must be shaped by shared responsibility and sustained by trusting, collaborative, authentic, and respectful relationships. This is the social capital which emerges as the foundation to facilitate improvement strategies that are heavily embedded in comprehensive assessment, project based learning, technology integration, community engagement and evidenced based best practices.
A powerful vision of a 21st century community scholar and Kingdom minded citizen is one who is equipped with emotional intelligence, physical fortitude, a healthy self-identity, technological swagger, socially mature and spiritually grounded to deal with a exponentially changing social and global world. We must engage the local community and the broader society to create and sustain meaningful, relevant, empowering classrooms, environments and experiences for all people, regardless of race, ethnicity, economic status or gender, so we all can thrive and not just survive. Powerful Visions utilizes an array of collaborative partners from the public, private, non-profit sectors and effective models that build bridges between public and private sectors, schools, families and communities to provide authentic pathways that promote wholeness and healthy development of all community members.
Rev. Thomas N. Holmes believes that with the right vision, process and flow, we can achieve transformation one scholar at at time. His passion comes from his experience as a program director, consultant, motivational speaker, educator and seasoned professional with over 28 years of research and results based experience. He took his talents to the Rutgers University community where he was an Assistant Director in the Office of Financial Aid, IT Administrator and academic adviser. In this capacity, he developed a stellar track record that boasts of exceptional leadership, training, recruiting, technical, and program development skills.He has managed complex university projects, facilitated Pre-College programs, coordinated state-wide conferences, consulted for educational institutions, religious and non-profit organizations, been a program manager and provided training and professional development in a diversity of community settings.
Thomas is the former Educational Coordinator for the New Jersey Scholarship and Transformative Education in Prisons (NJSTEP) at Garden State and A.C. Wagner Youth Correctional Facilities where he served the first cohort of his“sons of achievement” who obtain earned associate degrees at the two facilities. For the past 8 years, Bro. Holmes has been the Program Director, G-Suite Non Profits Administrator, and instructor for At the Well Conferences Inc., Young Women’s Summer Leadership Academy and From the Fire Young Men’s Leadership Academy at Princeton University. In this capacity, he is responsible for technology, admissions, financial Aid, scholarships and administration for three programs.
Mr. Holmes is Vice President of Making a Better Tomorrow Foundation which provides scholarships and resources for young people through collaborative partnerships with key community stakeholders so that they can have a brighter future. Some of Rev. Holmes’ published articles are: Faith Seeking Understanding, How Technology Influences Spiritual Formation within Adolescent Youth Identity Formation and another provocative work, An Afrocentric Worldview of African-American Youth, which argued the need for rituals and cultural connections between adolescents and their African heritage. Mr. Holmes holds a Masters of Divinity from New Brunswick Theological Seminary, a Masters of Public Administration from Rutgers University-Newark School of Public Affairs and Administration and a Bachelors of Science in Economics and Accounting from Rutgers College, New Brunswick, N.J. Rev. Holmes also completed 48 credits in the Rutgers University – Camden Department of Childhood Studies doctoral program ABD. Brother Holmes is a proud member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc – Kappa Upsilon Sigma Chapter, a charter member of Mu Zeta Chapter Rutgers University and is part of the brotherhood of conscious men of Sigma serving their communities. He is married to his beloved Regina and has 3 amazing adult children Lisa, Jose, Simone and two terrific grandsons Isaiah and Douglass III.