Hospitality is at the heart of Christian faith because we believe in a triune God (God the Father, God the Son, God the Spirit). In Himself God demonstrates faithful and hospitable community. In the gospel we see God making room for us to share in His life through Jesus Christ. Therefore it informs all we do. By practicing gracious hospitality we break down cultural and social barriers and find surprising friendships as we learn to set aside differences or embrace them, and “welcome one another just as Christ has welcomed us” (Romans 15:7).
To us, people are never projects. We believe that all people are made in God’s image and since Jesus is as the “image of the invisible God,” He is our divine model of friendship (Col. 1:15). From Him we learn that as we offer gracious hospitality to all people, we discover surprising friendships along the way. Some of our friends are in greater need than others, and our understanding is that friends should share one another’s burdens. In doing so, shared experiences are created, love is formed and lives are changed.
Hope is more than a wish; it is a conviction that there is something better and is deeply rooted in the expectation that God is making all things new. We choose to be prisoners of hope because we believe that if the Christian understanding of the Incarnation (God becoming human in Jesus Christ) teaches us anything, it is that no one deserves to be abandoned, even if it is of their own making. God did not give up on us, so we do not give up on others because we refuse to give up on Him. With relentless hope, we move forward.
We believe that God is restoring all of creation, making right all that has been made wrong due to violence, greed and fear. As we live and bear witness to God’s love and presence in the world, we find ourselves in the midst of ugly powers, systems of greed, and self-serving posturing. A life of faith, love and gracious hospitality doesn’t always align with these powers and therefore to promote peace and restorative justice we must sometimes humbly confront these broken systems and set ourselves to make right what has been wrong.
It has been said that compassion is an emotional upheaval in our gut that reminds us that what we see in the brokenness of humanity is not right. Poverty. Homelessness. Abandonment. It’s just not right. Tangible acts of compassion are what occur when our eyes are opened and our hearts are awakened to the reality that something must change and, because of King Jesus, something can change.
If we are to embrace any of our values we must learn to listen both to God and one another, to our neighborhoods and our cities. If we are to join God in what He is doing and bear witness to His love with our lips and our lives, we must turn one ear up to God and one ear out to others. To embrace a posture of listening is of great importance because often it is in listening that we learn how to love and serve in the most appropriate way.
In our society love can mean a lot of things. For us, love is pictured perfectly in the Divine love as revealed in the Christian Scripture: in the Person of Jesus God Himself came to humanity to show us what it looks like to be fully human, to love freely and sacrificially. Love propels us forward as we move closer to others in radical embrace. Love compels us to forgive and work toward reconciliation. According to the teachings of Jesus, every good action taken and kind word spoken should rest upon the love of God and neighbor. So in love we aim to give freely and serve sacrificially.
Board of Directors
Our Directors serve out of a deep passion for those considered the least, last, left-out and lonely among us. We are grateful for their faithful leadership.
Shylan Scott, Ph.D.
Assistant Director for Fraternity and Sorority Housing
College of William & Mary
Family Services Specialist
Gloucester Dept. of Social Services
George Brooks III, Esq.
Wood & Brooks Attorneys at Law
Director of Development and Part-time Teacher
Covenant Christian School
Sharni Rakhra, M.D.
Rockwell Engineering Co.
Williamsburg Christian Church
Williamsburg Christian Church
Dept. of Human & Social Services, City of Williamsburg
Rev. Dennis Griffith
Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church
James Goalder, Ph.D.
President and Clinical Psychologist
Ligon-Forrest and Associates, LLC
Contact Tammy Harden at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tammy was born and raised in southeastern North Carolina and spent over eighteen years as a military spouse. During that time, she was devoted to providing support to military families and single soldiers. Professionally, Tammy practiced residential real estate for many years and specialized in military relocation. As a resident of Williamsburg for the past twelve years, she has raised two children and and was a business owner that focused on projects supporting persons with disabilities, throughout the Tidewater area.
Tammy has a B.S. in Psychology: Crisis Counseling from Liberty University and is working toward a Certificate in Nonprofit Management. She serves as the Secretary for the Virginia Association of Housing Counselors and is a Certified Housing Counselor and a Certified Housing Specialist: Rental Counselor. Other training and/or certifications include Conflict Resolution, Life Coaching, and Case Management. She has served as a volunteer in many local agencies and non-profits and finds that her passion to walk alongside those in need is rooted in her Christian faith.
Contact Lynn Walker at email@example.com.
Lynn moved from Chapel Hill, NC to Williamsburg, VA with her husband and two young children over 30 years ago. Through various avenues over the years, she has consistently engaged in helping people. After attending NC State and UNC-W and receiving her degree, she taught freshman English at UNC-W as an adjunct professor. She also taught conversational English to French exchange students. She worked with Community Health Education at Williamsburg Community Hospital for a number of years, and then became the in–house Education Coordinator at Williamsburg Sentara Hospital. On the creative side, she partnered with her husband as a graphic designer to help small businesses and non-profits with logo designing and website development. She also enjoys artistic painting as a hobby. She has been a trained Stephen Minister since 1994, and has been a Servant Leader Coordinator with 3e Restoration, Inc. since her training in October 2015.
Lynn loves music and sings in the praise band at church. She has been on mission trips both in the U.S. and abroad. She is passionate about working with youth and has been a youth leader at church, having assisted with youth service trips and teaching Sunday school for a group of middle schoolers. Her faith in Jesus Christ is of utmost importance, and her biggest blessing is her wonderful husband, her children and her beautiful grandchildren.
Brad Shannon serves as our Volunteer Coordination Leader.
Contact Fred Liggin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fred is a follower of Jesus, the husband to Alison, father to Ian, a multi-vocational pastor with Williamsburg Christian Church, ethnographer, activist & justice seeker, published writer, advocate for those living in extreme poverty or homelessness, and Founder and President of 3e Restoration, Inc. For sixteen years Fred has walked closely and personally with those living through homelessness and extreme poverty. Fred is the author of The 3e Restoration Process and it’s curriculum, The Floor Plan. Both were born from hands-on experience, practice and evidence-based research.
He received his B.S. in Ministry/Bible at Amridge University and his Master’s of Religious Education in Missional Leadership (MREML) from Rochester College. Currently he is pursuing his Doctorate of Ministry in Contextual Theology in at Northern Seminary in Chicago. His thesis, Hospitality as Leadership, Witness and Power: the Role of Hospitality in Congregational Renewal is a reflection of his work as a congregational pastor and local activist, and investigates how congregational engagement and embrace of the socially displaced can lead a congregation toward renewal.
He enjoys hanging out with his family anytime, anywhere. Fred is deeply grateful for how God graciously works through His Church in all her various forms, despite our brokenness. He is passionate about seeing the last, least and lost of every neighborhood, city and nation experience God’s in-breaking kingdom, and come to know Jesus as King. His greatest hope is that the Church will continue to experience missional renewal as gospel-centered, kingdom-shaped communities learning to enjoy God and participate in what He is doing in this world as His everyday people, living in everyday places, offering tangible expressions of love, hope and peace in everyday ways. Fred constantly finds himself in need of God’s mercy and grace every day, and is prematurely balding.
Fred also serves on the board for the The Advisory Board for Dept. of Social Services for James City County and the County Commissioned Workforce Housing Task Force. Additionally, he serves as a mission specialist in church renewal with Mission Alive and an adjunct professor for Regent University where he teaches courses in philosophy, ethics, leadership, and christian history.
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