Rev. Thomas N. Holmes, founder and chief executive officer of Powerful Visions LLC, is an entrepreneur, program director, community activist, motivational speaker, health ministry facilitator, educator and seasoned professional with 25 years of extensive management, supervisory, results and service focused experience at Rutgers University where he was an Assistant Director in the Office of Financial Aid and an Imaging System Administrator. 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.
Rev. Holmes is currently the “Intentional Interim Pastor” at the Second Baptist Church of Moorestown, New Jersey. Prior to this current assignment, he was the Associate Pastor at Beloved Community Church, Trenton, NJ. He 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 his “sons of achievement” for two years. During his tenure he proudly guided
the first cohort of 15 great men to obtain earned associate degrees at the two facilities. Rev. Holmes is the Program Director and instructor who is responsible for technology, admissions, financial Aid, scholarships and administration for At the Well Conferences Inc., Young Women’s Summer Leadership Academy and From the Fire Young Men’s Leadership Academy at Princeton University.
Rev. Holmes is Vice President of Making a Better Tomorrow Foundation, and the founder the SOZO Health Initiative which utilizes a five fold ministry approach for individual and community healing and restoration. Some of his major written works include: 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.
By embracing the World Health Organization’s definition of health which is “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity,” Rev. Holmes founded Powerful Visions with a unique approach to community transformation through strategies developed from best practices which empower members to embrace a wholistic approach to their health, education and economic challenges. Powerful Visions believes that all individuals especially aspiring scholars must become active voices and participatory spirits to challenge the inequalities and disparities that exists in our communities by utilizing advances in technology, social media, and the power of knowledge and of the human spirit to cultivate hope and a community centered mindset. We believe that we must change our thinking to be intentional about applying knowledge, understanding and wisdom to change our thoughts which will influence our actions and plant the foundation for transformed lives.
Powerful Visions believes communities and their educational institutions must take ownership of the inequities that exist to create a culture of excellence, climate of communication and mutual respect 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, and evidenced based best practices. A powerful vision of a 21st century learner and Kingdom minded citizen is one who is equipped with emotional intelligence, physical fortitude, technological swagger, socially mature and spiritually grounded to deal with exponentially changing global world. We must engage the local community and the broader society to sustain meaningful, relevant empowering environments and experiences for all people, regardless of race, ethnicity, economic status or gender. Powerful Visions utilizes an array of collaborative partners from the 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 wholeness and healthy development of all community members.
Rev. 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. Brother Holmes is a proud member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc., and was a charter member at Rutgers University and is part of the brotherhood of conscious men of Sigma. He is married to his beloved Regina and has 3 amazing adult children Lisa, Jose, Simone and one truly gifted teen, Kyrah.