President: Stephen C. Weaver Esq.
Stephen C. Weaver is a 2008 graduate of Liberty University School of Law and is licensed as an attorney in the Commonwealth of Virginia and is President of No Walls Ministry, Inc. Steve founded in 2010 the Center for Racial Unity the forerunner non-profit organization to the No Walls Ministry, which specialized in teaching, training and developing outreach programs to address issues of race, within the Church. In 2015, the name of the organization was officially changed to No Walls Ministry, Inc., carrying on the mission of helping churches work across cultural and denominational barriers so that they can meet the needs of the local community. He believes that by developing relationships across cultural boundaries and denominational barriers, friendships can develop that begin to dissolve the barriers. If people are willing to work together, side by side within their own communities, those in need will get what they really need most which is the love of Christ.
Steve and his lovely wife Donna have been married since 1984 and live in Lynchburg, Virginia. Steve and Donna raised two children of their own and are proud grandparents. They are familiar with the dynamics of working across different cultures, having opened their home as foster parents to two African American children and served as the host family for two Korean/Indian high school students as well.
Steve developed and taught an Introduction to Race Relations course as an adjunct professor at Liberty University for two semesters and has been working with race related issues for most of his adult life. Steve worked as a Diversity Manager at Food Lion Inc. LLC.; heading up their Minority Vendor/Supplier Program. Additionally Steve worked as a corporate trainer at Food Lion where he taught classes on “Appreciating Diversity.” Steve was involved in the “Bridge Builders” program while living in North Carolina, which assembles black and white community leaders monthly to discuss issues of race. He also developed a cross cultural program for church youth groups that brings black and white churches together for fellowship, worship and outreach.
Board of Directors
James (JC) Coleman
A one word summary of James (JC) Coleman’s life is soldier. Born as the fourth child in a family of fifteen siblings in 1942 in Waynesboro, Georgia, he was destined to be a champion in competitions. He attended a segregated high school, and grew up during the era when laws that denied Blacks the right to vote were still on the books. JC was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1963 and his quest to excel as a soldier propelled him to the rank of Sergeant Major, (the highest non-commissioned officers’ rank) before he retired in 1989. It was during his life in the military that James showed exceptional ability to work with people of diverse backgrounds. He served as Drill Sergeant and trained recruits to become soldiers. He was the first African American to serve as Senior Enlisted Advisor to Indiana State National Guard. He
was also the first African American to serve as Senior Enlisted Instructor for the ROTC Department of the University of Missouri – Columbia. JC served in Germany, Hawaii, Alaska, Vietnam, Korea, and throughout most of the Continental United States. He has received numerous meritorious military service awards; including the Soldier’s Medal for quick courageous actions without regard for his own safety to save a trainee who dropped a hand
grenade, the Combat Infantryman Medal for service in Vietnam, and the Purple Heart Medal for wounds received in combat during his first tour in Vietnam.
While exhibiting his abilities to interact amicably with people, his competitive skills won trophies in Military sports activities suchas softball, baseball and bowling. (His bowling success continued into civilian life, earning him recognition in the Bowling Hall of
Fame in St. Louis, Missouri).
Following JC’s military career, he worked in the Inner City Bus Ministry of Thomas Road Baptist Church from 1998-2008. Currently he serves as Associate Pastor of All Nations Community Church in Lynchburg, VA. His wife, Emma, works as Administrative Assistant for the church. They have three children and five grandchildren. JC’s desire to be a courageous and
outstanding soldier served the country well, and that dedication readily transferred to being a good soldier for the Lord.
Lori Flowers is a graduate of Lehigh University with degrees in pyschology and in sociology. Lori and her husband, Andy belong to Rivermont Evangelical Presbyterian Church where Andy serves as an elder. They have been married 28 years and have been blessed with four children and four grandchildren. After running a successful small business for several years, Lori left the work force to devote her time to her children. It was during these early years of parenting that the Lord began to work a deep love for all children in her heart. Through the work of His Holy Spirit and the means of grace, He opened up many opportunities for her to grow in His Word, and to serve Him, specifically by loving others from many different backgrounds. The Flowers became a biracial family 16 years ago through adoption and have also fostered two African-American children. Andy and Lori were both recently re-certifiedfor respite foster care. Over the last twenty years they have housed children from the Domican Republic, Germany, the Philippines, India and Africa for periods ranging from a few weeks to 10 months, in addition to hosting and mentoring a single Mom and her three yr. old for nearly a year. The Lord has used all these opportunities to build in Lori an increasing desire to break down barriers of
race and socioeconomic levels by building relationships with single Moms and with children and youth; relationships that are based on and fueled by the love of our Lord Jesus (Eph. 2:14, Gal 3:28 ) .
Lori has been a Big Sister in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program for six years and has served as a CASA (court appointed special advocate ) in Bedford Co. She has enjoyed being a children's choir director at REPC for 12 years and also serves as the music director of the annual VBS. She is currently mentoring two single Moms and is a teaching leader for Community Bible Study, as well as a youth Sunday School teacher. She thoroughly enjoys being a part of the No Walls Ministry, and the monthly community picnics. The driving force behind and through all of Lori's ministry is a God-given desire to love and serve the Lord Jesus by showing His love to others, especially the most vulnerable i.e. children and single Moms, and thereby bring glory to Him. (2 Thess. 2:11 and 12).
Brett is the Pastor of Community & Outreach at Rivermont Evangelical Presbyterian Church. He is from Jackson, Mississippi and received a B.S.B.A in Accounting from Mississippi College (1990) and a Master of Divinity from Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri (2002). Prior to joining the Rivermont staff in 2013, Brett planted Grace Hill Community Church (EPC) in Nixa, Missouri (2009-2012) and was an Associate Pastor at Central Presbyterian Church (EPC) in St. Louis, Missouri (2002-2009). He also has 7 years of church development and renewal experience in St. Louis, Missouri. Brett, and his wife, Denise, were married at Central Presbyterian Church in St. Louis in 1999 and are grateful to God for their two children Jackson, born in 2007, and Anna Sloan, born in 2009. When not working in their yard or repainting old furniture, Brett and Denise can be found eating breakfast at Market at Main, reading lots of books to their kids and watching artsy films.
Brett grew up in Jackson, Mississippi, and the world of Kathryn Stockett’s novel, The Help, Though he was too sheltered to understand the world he was living in, he got a taste of it when he moved to St. Louis and joined a college ministry that conducted part of their ministry in a housing project. It was there that he began to see the face of injustice and generational poverty as they worked with children. Through his membership in the Christian Community Development Association he was deeply impacted by the ministries of John Perkins, Dolphus Weary and Robert Lupton. The years spent serving in this ministry left an indelible mark on him, and prepared him for the next phase of life. Prior to moving to Lynchburg, Brett moved his
family back home to Jackson, MS, to be closer to his family following the untimely death of his father. While in Jackson, they began attending a multicultural Presbyterian church called Redeemer Presbyterian Church. Such a church seemed unimaginable to Brett having grown up in such a segregated city. Yet under the leadership of Pastor Mike Campbell, this
church lived out daily the reality of the gospel of God’s grace as they worshipped, served and live together in community. For the first time, Brett found himself seeing people of color as just people. It wasn’t Sam the black man or Judy the African-American woman. It was just Sam and Judy. It transformed his life. This transformation led him to Rivermont EPC as the Pastor of Community and Outreach. In that role, he has been blessed to lead this church to deepen and expand our relationships with No Walls partner churches. He is excited about what the future holds.
AJ Richards is Celebrity Chef and co-owner of BS Grillin’ Company. AJ is a graduate of St, Mary’s Women College, UNC Dental Assisting School, and University of Phoenix. She has hosted three radio and a TV cooking segments, and is currently the ESPN Tallahassee Radio chef on the Simply Sims show. She is the author of 4 cookbooks on Amazon and all made the “Hot ten List”. She is the CEO of BS Grillin’ Company with products in more 70 retail stores in three states. She is a member of Redeemer Presbyterian and enjoys working with young children and single moms.
AJ married Desi Richards twenty five years ago and moved to Lynchburg, VA. They have two wonderful adult children, Ashleigh and Zander. Ashleigh is an honor graduate from Savannah College of Arts and Design in Interior Design. Zander is a graduate of CVCC and heading off to Florida to continue his degree in Computer IT. The Richards have opened their home to several young adults who needed help turning their lives around.
AJ homeschool her children, middle and high school, and taught part-time at Alliance Christian Academy. She has served on numerous committees at church and very involved in Girl and Boy Scouts for over 30 years. Zander and Desi are both Eagle Scouts and Ashleigh is a Gold Girl Scout. She continues to serve her church and community as the hands and feet of Jesus.
Ron is a commentator and author, and an associate dean and assistant professor of government with Liberty University’s Helms School of Government.
Born in Lake Charles, Louisiana, Ron holds a B.A. in Political Science from Texas Tech University and a M.S. in International Relations from Troy State University.
Ron was a political appointee of the Bush Administration, serving at the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Department of Homeland Security, and the U.S. Small Business Administration. He has also served as a senior technology and strategy executive in the private sector and with the American Red Cross National Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Ron was also president of 5M Consulting, LLC and served his country as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Air Force, attaining the rank of captain.
Ron’s columns are featured in numerous online sites, print publications, and newspapers, and he has appeared on national network and cable television and on radio programs around the country.
Married for 31 years, Ron and his wife Annik are the proud parents of two daughters and a son.
Ron believes racial reconciliation, beginning with the church, is the Lord’s calling on his life, and that is what led him to the No Walls Ministry. He says, “If we put God first, then racial reconciliation in the body of Christ is not only achievable, but inevitable. All of us, black and white, must first dethrone the gods we have placed before Him in order to find healing.”
He hopes to bring his gifts and experience as a communicator, educator and advocate to the development and dissemination of education programs and resources on the topic of race.
Advisory Board Members
Dr. Alveda C. King
Dr. Alveda C. King works toward her purpose in life, to glorify God. Dr. King currently serves as a Pastoral Associate and Director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life and Gospel of Life Ministries. She is also a voice for the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, sharing her testimony of two abortions, God’s forgiveness, and healing. The daughter of the late civil rights activist Rev. A.D. King and his wife Naomi Barber King, Alveda grew up in the civil rights
movement led by her uncle, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Her family home in Birmingham, Alabama, was bombed, as was her father’s church office in Louisville, Kentucky. Alveda was jailed during the open housing movement. She sees the pro-life movement as a continuation of the civil rights struggle.
Dr. King is a former college professor and served in the Georgia State House of Representatives. She is a recipient of the Life Prize Award (2011), the Cardinal John O’Connor Pro-Life Hall of Fame Award (2011) from the Legatus organization and the Civil Rights Award from Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) (2011). She is a bestselling author; among her books are How Can the Dream Survive if we Murder the Children? and I Don’t Want Your Man, I Want My Own. She is an accomplished actress and songwriter. The Founder of King for America, Inc., Alveda is also the recipient of an honorary Doctorate of Laws degree from Saint Anselm College and sits on the Board of Georgia Right to Life. She is also a member of the National Black Prolife Coalition, NBPC. Dr. King lives in Atlanta, where she is the grateful mother of six and a doting grandmother.
Richard (Dick) Govers
Richard (Dick) Govers grew up in Southern California but has lived more of his life on the East
Coast. He majored in Physics at UCLA where he met Lynne, his wife. He started a professional
career as a US Navy nuclear submarine officer, then as engineer and project / business manager at Babcock & Wilcox out of Lynchburg, VA for 24 years, spending nearly ½ that time living with his family in Germany, Canada, and Japan. He also traveled extensively to and in Russia for B&W and took time to earn an MBA. Taking early retirement from B&W, Dick helped a friend start a nuclear engineering consulting business, which has been operating since 1997.
Dick became a Christian through a campus ministry while at UCLA and since then has been active in churches in four countries on three continents as a result of many family moves with two children, who now have six children of their own. In 2003 Dick and Lynne helped to start Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Lynchburg, VA, where he has served as ruling elder. Professionally he enjoys helping to make things work. Personally he enjoys teaching from the Bible and helping people realize their potential in Christ.
Pat Young was sitting on the school bus (in New York) when many of the other kids started making fun of a very heavyset girl. Pat decided to join in on the harassment and was so ashamed when the young girl broke down and cried. The Lord convicted and broke Pat’s heart that very day. From that moment on the Lord gave Pat the gift of compassion and mercy to those who are broken.
Pat was led to volunteer for Teens N Tots with Covenant Love Church in North Carolina. She had an active part in walking alongside pregnant or parenting teens. Pat assisted the girls with their physical needs, education on good parenting and as a mentor to live their lives in a hope filled way.
Pat was blessed to help the homeless population. At the Homeless Coalition Day Center, in North Carolina, she worked to coordinate and provide short-term help for basic needs as well as a referral agent for local resources and community partners. Pat was a case manager at Cumberland Interfaith Hospitality Network. Her duties there were to help and develop solutions for homeless families and their children. The goal for these families was to educate with long-term self-sufficiency a priority.
When Pat moved to Lynchburg, Virginia, the prison ministry at Blue Ridge Regional Jail held her heart. She visited the girls weekly and provided the inmates with life skill counseling to help the girls successfully reintegrate into society. When the opportunity to serve at No Walls became available she was thrilled and humbled at the same time to help build relationships in
Pat has recently moved to Northern Virginia and her upcoming project is to join "Look Behind The Walls". This is a prison ministry at the Prince William County Adult Detention Center. Pat will begin this new blessing in February 2015.