We at DurhamCares are excited to announce that Dr. John M. Perkins will be speaking at the DurhamCares breakfast on November 5th at 8:30am at ReCity!
Dr. Perkins’s life, work, and philosophy of the “Three R’s” of Christian Community Development have laid the foundation for what we do at DurhamCares. There’s no better person to share about the importance of the work we’re doing.
Read more about Dr. Perkins here:
Dr. John M. Perkins Bio
President & Founder of John and Vera Mae Perkins Foundation-Jackson, MS
Dr. John Perkins has been married to his wife, Dr. Vera Mae, for 64 years (1951). In 1983, while in California, John and Vera Mae, along with a few friends and other major supporters, established the John M. Perkins Foundation for Reconciliation & Development (now called John and Vera Mae Perkins Foundation) for the sole purpose of supporting their mission of advancing the principles of Christian community development and Reconciliation throughout the world. The Foundation is a volunteer organization headquartered at 1917 Robinson Street in Jackson, MS with a mission to focus on Reconciliation, Christian Community Development, Justice, Education, Family Development, Spiritual Formation in our community and around the world, by setting an example of God’s love to further his Kingdom.
John M. Perkins was born in 1930, a sharecropper’s son who grew up in New Hebron, Mississippi amidst dire poverty. Fleeing to California at age 17 after his older brother’s murder at the hands of a town marshal, he vowed never to return. However, after his conversion to Christianity in 1957 and three-year discipleship, he returned back to his home state of Mississippi in 1960 to share the good news of God’s love. While in Mississippi, his outspoken nature as well as his support and leadership in civil rights demonstrations resulted in repeated harassments, beatings and imprisonments. He again was arrested in 2005 while protesting in Washington D.C. against U.S. Government defunding of programs aiding the poor.
Drs. John and Vera Mae Perkins have founded many ministries with the support of friends, which include focuses on Christian community development, church planting, health centers, leadership development, legal assistant, thrift stores, low-income housing development, and training centers.
(now called John & Vera Mae Foundation)
In 1982, the Perkins family returned to California and lived in the city of Pasadena where Perkins and his wife founded Harambee Ministries in Northwest Pasadena, a neighborhood that had one of the highest daytime crime rates in California. Harambee Ministries is yet standing, running numerous programs including after-school tutoring, Good News Bible Clubs, an award-winning technology center, summer day camp, youth internship programs, and a college scholarship program (Harambee Preparatory School – HPS).
In 1989, John Perkins called together a group of Christian leaders from across America that was bonded by one significant commitment – expressing the love of Christ in America’s poor communities, not at arm’s length, but at the grass-roots level. An association was formed and the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA) held its first annual national conference in Chicago in 1989. CCDA has grown from 37 founding members to 3,500 annual national conference attendees.
Despite being a third grade drop-out, Perkins has been recognized for his work with 13 honorary doctorates from colleges and universities across the country. Wheaton College bestowed his first Honorary Doctor of Law, in 1980. Taylor University being the most recent in 2015. Three universities have established John Perkins centers. He is an international speaker and teacher on reconciliation, leadership, and the philosophy of ministry known as Christian Community Development. He has served under five (5) United States Presidents.
John has authored 14 books including his autobiography Let Justice Roll Down (Baker Books, 2012, revised update), With Justice For All (Baker Books, 2011, revised update), Leadership Revolution: Developing the Vision & Practice of Freedom & Justice (Baker Books, 2012), A Quiet Revolution (Marshalls,1985, revised update) and his latest Making Neighborhoods Whole: a Handbook for Christian Community Development (IVP Books, 2013). Coming in 2017 Love Is The Final Fight (Baker Books).