Our Overseers

                                                               Tom & Cindy Boyd

Tom and Cindy Boyd were married in 1990, and they have served the body of Christ together in various ministry positions: youth, worship, home church groups, and discipleship studies for men and women. Early on in their service to the Lord, they saw the need within the body of Christ for discipleship with emphasis on equipping the saints for the work of the ministry.

In 2002, Tom and Cindy took a step of faith: they left the world as they knew it in North Carolina and took moved their family to Colorado to attend Charis Bible College. At Charis, God established the revelation of His unconditional love and grace in their hearts, and this core understanding became the foundation of their lives. Tom and Cindy knew they would be training others when they left Charis, but they didn’t know exactly where or how.

During Tom’s apprenticeship with Charis in November 2004, God spoke a word to his heart: the Boyds would be moving to Atlanta, Georgia to start their ministry. Within days, the director of Charis said that he wanted to start an extension school in Atlanta. In June of 2005, Tom and Cindy once again believed God and stepped out in faith. They moved to Atlanta and started a Charis Bible College extension school that fall. Since 2005, Tom and Cindy have been fulfilling their desire to help equip the saints, and they want to invite you to meet the students of Charis Atlanta and experience the rich, daily teaching.

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Pastor Roderick Richardson

Pastor Roderick Richardson aka Pastor Rich is the Founder, Senior Pastor, and CEO of The Word Center located in Jackson, Mississippi. Known to many as Pastor “Rich,” he has been used by God to transcend socio-economic, denominational, political, religious, and educational boundaries. He is a rising new-generation leader that possesses an undeniable new energy and distinctiveness like no other. With skilled revelatory insights from the Word, God has blessed Pastor Rich to go into every man’s world.Although born in Vicksburg Mississippi, his Stepfather, a sergeant in the military, exposed Pastor Rich to the world.

It was in college, that Pastor Rich embraced his call to the ministry. He immediately enrolled in a seminary and began meditating on God’s Holy Scriptures. After years of character building and searching scripture, Pastor Rich’s tenacity, resiliency, and hardworking approach to life gained him prominence in other endeavors beyond the pulpit. He matriculated from secular and spiritual institutions of higher learning to obtain Bachelor degrees in Political Science/Business & Biblical Studies as well as a Master of Science in Community Development, and a Master of Education.

After years of preparation and impartation, the Richardsons took a leap of faith and moved to Jackson, Mississippi. Pastor Richardson served in multiple capacities at his local church including the Director of the Mentorship, Youth Pastor, Director of Ministry of Helps, and the Director of Education for Faith Bible Institute at his local church. In addition to his spiritual accomplishments, Pastor Rich has served the Director of Injury & Violence Prevention at the Mississippi Department of Health.

With a heart to give, Pastor Rich motto is that “I live to give.” His congregation often engages in philanthropic endeavors in the Jackson-Metropolitan area. Recently, his endeavors gained media attention by giving 1000’s of backpacks filled with supplies to local JPS students and giving nearly $7,000 in free gas to citizens in Jackson, Mississippi.

Pastor Rich has been commissioned to go into every man’s world to teach, preach, and speak to the multitudes. He is a motivational speaker, entrepreneur, mentor, life coach, and most importantly, a man after God’s own heart. Pastor Richardson is a cutting-edge prophetic pioneer who delivers a relevant, real, and even sometimes raw life-changing word to the listeners. Led by God, and with his anointed wife by his side, the Richardson’s gave birth to The Word Center in April 2010 which has now grown to over 1000 in membership with 3 weekly services.

Roderick and Tyronda Richardson are proud parents of one daughter, Taylor Grace.

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Lady Tyronda Richardson, CFNP

Tyronda Richardson affectionately referred to as “Lady Ty,” is a native of Clarksdale, MS. She along with her husband, Pastor Roderick Richardson, are the Co-Founders of “The Word” Center. She is a licensed and ordained minister of the Gospel whose desire is to get others to see themselves as God sees them. Lady Ty is known for her endless love, compassion, and wisdom, which she pours into all those who come into contact with her. Lady Ty holds a Bachelor of Science Degree as well as a Master of Science Degree in Nursing from Delta State University. Additionally, she is a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner at the Veteran Affairs Medical Center.

 

 

Al Vivian

THE DIVERSITY LEADERSHIP EXPERT
DIVERSITY, PATRIOTISM, BUSINESS & LEADERSHIP

Al is the President and CEO of Basic Diversity a full-service cultural diversity training and consulting firm that has been operating nationally and internationally for 40+ years. He is also a former Army Captain with a Human Resources background. He has been featured and quoted by media outlets from Atlanta, GA to Nairobi, Kenya; including CNN, USA Today, New York Times, NBC, PBS, Atlanta Journal & Constitution, Chicago Sun Times and Business Intelligence Magazine.  Al has worked with people from all walks of life; from CEO′s to sanitation workers and every occupation in between.  He has provided diversity counsel to civic and religious leaders, political officials, and television news personnel. He learned about managing diversity very early in life via personal interactions with Dr. Martin L. King, Jr′s staff, and later honed his diversity skills in the Army (one of the largest and most diverse organizations in the world) where he held numerous executive positions, including Equal Opportunity Officer (the military equivalent to Diversity Manager).

Al′s memberships include: The Society for Human Resource Management, The American Society for Training and Development, Morehouse College President‘s Young Leadership Advisory Committee, Founding Member of One Atlanta (Leadership Atlanta′s Race Relations Committee), Lighthouse Prison Missions, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America, and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.  He sits on the boards of Landmark Christian School and The C.T. Vivian Leadership Institute.  Al′s military awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal and the Parachute Badge (Airborne).  Al is also Advisor to the U.S. Army for Diversity and Cultural Affairs.

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Minister DeAna Jo Vivian, LPC/NCC

Upon graduating from Spelman College, DeAna “Jo” Vivian embarked upon a business career. After 13 years in corporate America, Jo walked away from a thriving career realizing her first love is Jesus and her first calling is to her family. Resigning her position with Ford Motor Company, she and her husband, Al Vivian, relocated their family to Metro Atlanta where Jo began ministering to her family as a stay at home mom. She immediately became an active member of Faith Christian Center where she served in various volunteer capacities to include Usher Board, Ministry Room, Outreach Ministry, Small Group Ministry, Youth Ministry and Children’s Church.

In 2009, Jo graduated from Faith School of Ministry, having accepted the call on her life as a minister of the Gospel. Jo also recognizing the need for ministry beyond the pulpit, and in 2013, she earned a Master’s of Science Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Mercer University. As a Licensed Associate Professional Counselor, Jo Vivian couples her clinical skills with The Word of God in meeting the mental health needs of the people she counsels. In 2018, Jo founded the 180 Counseling Practice, LLC in the Atlanta Area servicing a diverse client base, in particular adolescents, women, and survivors of sex trafficking.

Jo’s passions are teaching the Word of God and discipleship, as salvation is more than a confession—it’s a lifetime of following Jesus! Jo and Al lead the nation’s oldest diversity consulting firm, BASIC Diversity, Inc., where she provides cultural competency coaching and training to corporations, non-profits, municipalities, and educational institutions. They are the proud parents of two adult sons, Louis and Coleman.

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