We show incarcerated men that they do not need to remain in prison for the rest of, or even much of their lives. We empower them with the tools that will enable them to lift themselves out of despair, and to break the cycles of generational incarceration, poverty and ignorance. We show them how much more important their future is than their past—and we work with them to build a successful future.
We support all inmates who are willing to put in the time and energy to change and prepare for successful re-entry. We help those who are determined to live a better life.
Since leaving prison in September 2002, Terry, has devoted his time to faith-based programs designed to keep ex-offenders from returning to prison. His passion is establishing a nation-wide program through FreshStart Visions to show the world that God is truly the God of reconciliation.
His Christian faith and life experiences demonstrate to inmates that “he was one of them” and they CAN become successful upon release from prison. Tim believes that reconciliation to God, family, and community is key to that success. “It is like building a bridge from the inside to the outside world, by becoming a law-abiding, tax-paying citizen”.
God has restored back all the broken relationships Tim destroyed years ago with his children and family. His daughter Jacolyn and grandson Ty love helping tell the story of redemption and forgiveness when opportunity knocks.
Bonum S Wilson
Chairman of the BoardMr. Bonum S. Wilson, Jr. is chairman of our FreshStart Visions board. He served as the Group Vice President of Latin America, Asia/Pacific and South Africa for the Carborundum Company, a division of BP Corporation. Mr. Wilson is a Venture Capitalist, and previously served as President of the Exchange Club of Charleston and Chairman of the Bishop Gadsden Retirement Center. Mr. Wilson has been a Director of Carolina Financial Corporation since 1996 and also serves as a Director of Crescom Bank. Mr. Wilson’s qualification as a member of the board of directors is primarily attributed to his financial expertise and his entrepreneurial skills. Additionally, Mr. Wilson has founded a successful international company which has required a level of industry expertise. Mr. Wilson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Ceramic Engineering from Clemson University.
He is active in St. James Church, Cursillo and on several Kairos prison ministry teams at Kirkland CI, and Lieber CI.
David G. Phillips, founder/president/CEO of Custom Development Solutions, Inc. (CDS), has years of high-level fundraising experience. Mr. Phillips founded CDS over 20 years ago. The firm and its leaders have planned and managed hundreds of successful capital campaigns raising more than $2.5 billion worldwide. His expertise is major gifts fundraising, and the planning and management of capital campaigns.
Prior to CDS, Phillips served 3 yrs. as Chief Development Officer for Spoleto Festival USA. Before Spoleto, Phillips was a leader at an international consulting firm based in New York, NY. He directed capital campaigns for Rotary International, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International, Lions Clubs International and the American Baptist Churches, USA.
Mr. Phillips is on the boards of Criminal Justice Coordinating Council of Charleston County, America’s Charities and its subsidiary Children First in Washington, DC, the Charleston Regional Alliance for the Arts and FreshStart Prison Ministry. Phillips received a B.S. in accounting from the Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina and is a Riley Institute Diversity Fellow.
Joseph L. Nicholson
Mr. Joseph Nicholson is the Managing Director – Investments and Senior PIM Portfolio Manager at
Nicholson Wealth Management Group. He has over 27 years of investment experience managing for
individual and institutional investment consulting clients with Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network.
Prior to his association with Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network, Mr. Nicholson was an Asset
Specialist with Grant Thornton in Atlanta, Georgia, and a Public Finance Officer with Nations Bank
Capital Markets Group, also in Atlanta.
Mr. Nicholson is a Professional Member of Kingdom Advisors which is a non-profit organization for
Christian Financial professionals. He has served as President of the NAMI of Charleston and founding
Treasurer of the Alzheimer’s Association of the Low Country, and past founding Treasurer of the nonprofit Carolina Autism. Mr. Nicholson also served on the board of the College of Charleston’s Alumni
Association and as Treasurer of the non-profit Coastal Crisis Chaplaincy. He is a member of St. Michael’s
Church in Charleston where he is active in Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University and Cursillo
Dr. Jeff Deal
Author of four novels and an anthropology book on South Sudan, Dr. Deal recently retired from his position as Director of Health Studies for Water Missions International and is an adjunct professor of anthropology for the College of Charleston, as well as the Department of Health Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina. He is a member of the London International Development Centre, a Fellow in the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, and a Fellow in the American College of Surgeons. He holds Board Certification in Tropical Medicine from the Royal College of Physicians and Otolaryngology– Head and Neck Surgery in the US. He is a member of the American Anthropological Association and the Society for Applied Anthropology.
Some of his publications include, A Land At the Centre of the World (Markoulakis Publications), his Ethnography of the Dinka Agaar of South Sudan is now in its second edition. Other books include Toccoa, The Mark, Time Drive, and The Second Coming. In addition to writing fiction, his previous publications span the fields of microbiology, anthropology, and surgery. When not working in the field, he lives in Charleston, SC, with his wife of thirty-nine years. His patented robot, Tru-D, is being used around the world and in the US to reduce hospital acquired infections. A TEDx talk on this topic can be seen at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M47LPayN99w&feature=youtu.be Jeffery L. Deal, MD, FACS, DTMA, MA
Board MemberLeigh Manzi is Executive Director of Development for MUSC (the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston). The school is partially state-supported and relies heavily on private donations. In FY 2013, the school raised over $75 million including cash gifts, pledges, and a small percentage of in-kind contributions. Leigh is very passionate about social reform and seeing her community thrive for the best.
Rev. Stephen D. Phillips
Board MemberRev. Phillips is the Lead Pastor of Christian Heritage Church in Graniteville, SC (2002-Present). Under his leadership the congregation experiences healthy growth with over 600 weekly in attendance. Since 1990, he has served the church in a variety of capacities including Youth Pastor, Minister of Christian Education and Worship Leader.
Rev. Phillips is a member of the Advisory Board of Security Federal Bank in Aiken, SC. Phillips (EC ’89) received a B.S. in Religion from Emmanuel College in Franklin Springs, Georgia and an M.A. in Ministerial Leadership from Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida. He and his wife, Sherry (EC ’89), have two sons, Caleb (EC student) and Joshua.
Board MemberBorn and raised in Charleston, SC (making me a native). My working background was in the wholesale and retail business world (we had both). Raised a heap of amazing kids, dogs and PRAISE in our home. My life has been a wild adventurous ride and I’m thankful for every tear, every laugh, every hug, every storm and every moment that has taken my breath away. And yes, my husband (my soul mate and best friend) is the Mayor of our great city Charleston (so that makes me the first lady).