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. Powerful Visions is very concerned about our nation specifically our social and economic landscape in the midst of inflation and uncertainty. We believe that the principles of our organization will lead us to the rebirth of a stronger, united, and resilient community. I ask you this question, what is your vision for the future? With all the uncertainty in the global financial markets, mental health challenges, and the 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 A.R. Bernard and the late Dr. Myles Munroe, Powerful Visions Founder and CEO, Thomas Holmes embraced his mentors with a powerful vision. We believe that we must understand our purpose and our vision will be made clearer when we see ourselves as co-creators, content creators and partners in reshaping our society with equal opportunities to prosper with more of us who have a lot than those who have not.
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.” Pastor A.R. Bernard says “If you do not have a vision for the future then your future is threatened to be a repeat of the past.” We each have a role in the deconstruction of oppressive systems and structures that perpetuate division, fake news, conspiracy theories, and inequity and finish the reconstruction era that was left on hold after the civil war to build bridges whose pillars are predicated on unity, diversity, inclusion, and equity. 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, a climate of communication, and mutual respect. Powerful Visions utilizes an array of collaborative partners from the public, private, and non-profit sectors and effective models that build bridges between public and private sectors, schools, families, and communities to provide authentic pathways that promote the wholeness and healthy development of all community members.
Thomas believes that with the right vision, process, and flow, we can achieve educational and economical transformation in our communities and break the unconscious bias that exists within our interactions with one another. His passion comes from his experience as a university administrator, program director, consultant, motivational speaker, educator, and seasoned professional with over 35 years of public service. 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 was responsible for student academic progress policy and special circumstances as he developed a stellar track record that boasts 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, and 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 9 years, Thomas served as 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 currently serves as Vice President of the Making a Better Tomorrow Foundation which provides scholarships and resources for underserved communities through collaborative partnerships with key community stakeholders so that they can have a brighter future. He also has served on the Moorestown Better Tomorrow Task Force on Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity. Some of Rev. Holmes’ published articles are Faith Seeking Understanding and How Technology Influences Spiritual Formation within Adolescent Youth Identity Formation. Mr. Holmes holds a Master of Divinity from New Brunswick Theological Seminary, a Masters of Public Administration from Rutgers University-Newark School of Public Affairs and Administration, and a Bachelor 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. Thomas 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, and Simone, and 4 terrific grandsons Isaiah, Douglass IV, Sebastian, and Lathan.