Terence Lester

Terence Lester is a speaker, activist, author, and thought leader in the realm of systemic poverty. He’s known for nationwide campaigns that bring awareness to issues surrounding homelessness, poverty, and economic inequality.

His awareness campaigns have been featured on MLK50, TVONE, Creative Mornings, USA Today, NBC, AJC, Black Enterprise, Rolling Out, Upworthy, and have been viewed by millions of people worldwide. In 2018, Terence led the March Against Poverty as he walked from Atlanta to Memphis (386 miles). He finished the march and spoke at the historic Lorraine Motel for the 50th Anniversary of MLK’s assassination.

He has spoken on the same platform as other civil rights activists such as: Bernice King, Roland Martin, Gina Belafonte, Michael Eric Dyson, Tamika D. Mallory, and many others.Terence’s unique approach combines storytelling and digital media to help illustrate social justice issues and holistic approaches to solving these ailments.

Terence has written four books and his book new book, “I See You: How Love Opens Our Eyes To Invisible People” releases Summer 2019 with InterVarsity Press. He also holds four degrees and is working towards his doctorate.

He is happily married to his best friend, Cecilia Lester and they have two amazing children, Zion Joy and Terence II.

Cecilia Lester

Cecilia Lester is wife to Terence and mother of Zion and Terence II. Love Beyond Walls would not have been possible without the support, organization, and care that Cecilia has contributed.

She currently serves as the Co-Starter & Organizer for Love Beyond Walls. She is known for putting details together and her amazing planning skills. Cecilia volunteers and serves the community in her spare time as well.

Julia Webb

Julia is a wife to Michael, mom to 9-year-old Eli, a connecter, and lover of people. She has worked various jobs in education, retail, and ministry. Each of these roles have brought her closer to personal mission statement and vision that people are the focus of life.

She uses her gifts of organization, communication, and joy to serve as the Executive Assistant for Love Beyond Walls.

Dara Latimer

Dara Latimer has always been passionate about serving others and making everyone feel loved. While attending Kennesaw State University, she spent her free time serving the community in Atlanta. These experiences led her to realize how great the needs are of those in the community.

After completing a missions mentorship in Southeast Asia, Dara wanted to continue serving her community back home in Atlanta. She now serves as administrative support for the Love Beyond Walls team.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS
  • David Asbury, CEO of Northwestern Benefit, Board Member
  • David Douglass, Treadstone Valuations, Board Member
  • Harvey Strickland, US Postal Service, Board Member
  • Chuck Davis, Georgia Power, Board Member
  • Frank Sabo, Entrepreneur, Board Member
  • Cecilia Lester, Board Member
  • Terence Lester, Board Member
ADVISORS
  • Pete Westermann, Entrepreneur
  • Jennifer Hudson, Fierce Consulting Group
  • Brian Bloye, West Ridge Church
  • Ralph Watkins, Wheat Street Baptist Church
  • Traymone Deadwyler, Think For Good
PARTNERS/CONTRIBUTORS
  • Wheat Street Baptist Church
  • Southwest Airlines
  • Atlanta Airport Marriott
  • Embassy Church International
  • Urban League of Greater Atlanta
  • Central Baptist Church
  • Praise Academy
  • Bank of America
  • Woodward Academy
  • AKA Sorority (Upsilon Chapter)
  • Jiffy Lube
  • Pulse Church
  • Cozzee
  • Wells Fago
  • Helping Mamas
  • College Park Elementary School
  • Revolution Church
  • ATL 1×1
  • Reveal Magazine U.S.
  • United Way
  • Ga Tech
  • Voya Investments
  • Awesome Foundation (Atlanta Chapter)
  • SCLC Organization
  • Woodruff Library
  • Clark Atlanta University
  • Atlanta Hawks
  • Tyler Perry Studios
  • Zify.com
  • Greenforrest Baptist Church
  • Nissan South
  • Praise In The Park
  • Covered Bridge Church
  • North Metro Church
  • Love Joy High School
  • Kindezi School (both locations)
  • Tri-Cities High School
  • United Way (Gwinnett Chapter)
  • Humble Treasures
  • Northwestern Benefit
  • LeCrew, LLC
  • Wheat Street Baptist Church
  • On Mission Church
  • SG3 Media
  • Sheltering Arms (Welcome All location)
  • Fork Yeah ATL
  • Mission MAD (Kentucky)
  • Warehouse of Hope
  • RacTrac
  • Faith India Ministries
  • Grady High School
  • Soles 4 Souls
  • Dream, Live, Learn
  • LEGGOLAND
  • Nautica, Tanger Outlet
  • Tees & Quotes
  • Kangker
  • Tae’s Place Hair Salon
  • Option 13
  • Salvation Army
  • That Place Atlanta
  • The FIIIX
  • ABL Radio
  • It’s Just A Dream Inc.
  • Hope Church
  • The Purple Phoenix Project, Inc.
  • NIKE
  • Edible Arrangements (Camp Creek)
  • Liberty Tax (Old National)
  • Clip Appeal
  • Sandtown Middle School
  • Paulding County High School
  • Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice
  • Fulton County Government
  • Dunville Christian Church
  • Lowe’s (Camp Creek Parkway)
  • Genesis Church (Orlando Florida)
  • Sistas Inspiring Sistas
  • DINAO
  • Bomb Moms
  • Toxic Kisses
  • Elizabeth Baptist Church Youth Department
  • Bruster’s
  • Subway
  • West Ridge Church
  • Relevant Church
  • Day1 Radio
  • Life Revolution Church
  • FCA (Paulding County High School)
  • Mosaic Church
  • Essence Church
  • Midtown Bridge Church
  • Dinner w/ Friends
  • Church Street Elementary School
  • Riverdale Elementary School
  • Mt. Zion Primary School
  • Fountain Elementary School
  • E. J. Swint Elementary School
  • Harmony Leland Elementary School
  • Contender’s Church
  • RockBridge Church
  • Graystone Church
  • Wadsworth Magnet for High Achievers
  • Tri-Cities High School

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