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 Pastor A.R. Bernard and the late Dr. Myles Munroe, Powerful Visions Founder and CEO, Rev. Thomas Holmes embraced his mentors with a 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.” Pastor A.R. Bernard says “That if you do not have a vision for the future then your future is threatened to be a repeat of the past.” We believe that new BIDEN/HARRIS administration’s vision for future of building back better requires that we each individual and community most work together in a spirit of collaboration. We each have a role in the rebuilding of our community and we have to see it first in our heart to believe it! We have to see ourselves moving from chaos to community! We as a people of African descent have given the world the advances of knowledge, science, technology and resources to build this global world from the cradle of civilization.
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. This respect becomes authentic when we acknowledge that systematic racism, and bigotry in this country has created an uneven playing field and perpetuated gross inequalities with regards to the economic empowerment of the Black Community. The landmark work, “The Color of Money: Black Banks and the Wealth Gap” by Mehrsa Baradaran is where we can begin to develop our blueprint for rebuilding the economic empowerment foundation for the Black community when we examine the facts, truth, and the system that was not built for us. We believe that regardless of race, ethnicity, economic status or gender, 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. Supporting Black Entrepreneurs is just one of the many spokes in the wheel of economic and social justice.
Rev. Thomas N. Holmes 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 in 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 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, Thomas 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 underserved communities 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.