About Founders Leroy and Donna Barber
Leroy Barber has dedicated more than 25 years to eradicating poverty, confronting homelessness, restoring local neighborhoods, healing racism, and living what Dr. King called “the beloved community.”
In 1989, burdened by the plight of Philadelphia’s homeless population, he and his wife Donna founded Restoration Ministries, a non-profit created to serve homeless families and children living on the streets. In 1994 he became Director of the Internship Program at Cornerstone Christian Academy. Licensed and ordained at Mt Zion Baptist Church, he served as Youth Director with Donna, and as the Associate Minister of Evangelism. In 1997, he joined FCS Urban Ministries in Atlanta, GA and worked with the Atlanta Youth Project as the founding Executive Director of Atlanta Youth Academies, a private elementary school providing quality Christian education for low-income families in the inner city. He went on to plant and pastor Community Life Church, a missional congregation in southeast Atlanta, and served as the Atlanta City Director for Mission Year, a national year-long urban ministry program focused on service and discipleship. In 2007 Leroy became President of Mission Year and led the organization until 2013. He also served as Co-Executive Director of FCS Urban Ministries from 2009 to 2013 and as Global Executive Director of Word Made Flesh from 2013 to 2015.
Leroy is currently the Executive Director of The Voices Project and Holla Mentors, organizations committed to supporting and developing leaders of color. He serves on the boards of the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA), The Simple Way and EEN, the Evangelical Environmental Network. He is the author of New Neighbor: An Invitation to Join Beloved Community, Everyday Missions: How Ordinary People Can Change the World (IVP), Red, Brown, Yellow, Black, White: Who’s More Precious in God’s Sight?(Jericho) and recently released, Embrace: God’s Radical Shalom for a Divided World (IVP). He was also a contributor to Tending to Eden, and the groundbreaking book UnChristian: What a New Generation Thinks about Christianity and Why It Matters.
Leroy has been married to Donna for the past 31 years and together they have five children – Jessica, Joshua, Joel, Asha Joy and Jonathan.
Donna Barber, a native Philadelphian, has served as an educator, trainer and coach for urban youth and urban youth program leaders for more than 25 years. She has worked in Philadelphia and Atlanta, creating and leading schools and youth programs that develop urban children to be spirit-led, socially aware, community-minded leaders.
Donna Barber has served in the context of the local church, Christian and public schools and local non-profits. She holds degrees in Communications and Urban Teacher Leadership and has provided trainings or coaching for national organizations including Mission Year, CCDA and the DeVos Urban Leadership Initiative.
Presently, Ms. Barber resides in Portland, OR where she works as a leadership coach and trainer for urban youth and youth program leaders and serves as Director of the Champions Academy for the Portland Leadership Foundation. Donna is Co-Founder of the Voices Project and currently serves as Director of Operations and Event Coordinator.
She is married to Leroy Barber, and together they have five children, Jessica, Joshua, Joel, Asha Joy, and Jonathan.