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BP Executive Leadership Team

Walter August Jr. | Founder & Chairman of The Board | BP & BPA

In 1994, Pastor August organized and founded Bethel Family Baptist Church along with his wife, three sons, and six committed adults. Today Bethel's Family serves over 3,300 families, through 50 different ministries. In 1997, he accepted a call to Sugar Creek Baptist Church to serve as their Pastor of Missions. In his 7 1/2 years of service, he lead Sugar Creek through the help of God to start 58 churches and partnered with 50 more in the greater metropolitan area of Houston. Pastor August has traveled to Kenya, Africa and Czech Republic, doing evangelism training, medical clinics, and developing church leadership teams. He attended Southwestern Theological Seminary in Houston and received Honorary Doctorates of Divinity from Saint Thomas Christian College in Jacksonville, Florida and Encourager Bible College & Seminary in India. He is a board member of the Baptist Church Loan Corporation. In 2002, he co-founded the "College Institute for Church Planters" in Baton Rouge, La.

In 2003,  Pastor August started Bethel's Heavenly Hands Food Pantry and Clothing Center. Heavenly Hands is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that has grown tremendously over the years and now serves over 6,000 people in the community per month.


In 2004, Pastor August came to Bethel's Family full-time and the ministry flourished under his leadership and faithfulness to God Almighty. In 2006, his care and concern for families in the surrounding communities compelled him to create Bethel's Place. Bethel's Place is a separate 501(c)3 Community Development and Empowerment Center that serves over 500 people a week. In 2009, he launched the Young Men Development Initiative, Inc; a separate 501(c)3 organization that mentors and develops young boys ages 4-15. In August 2010, he opened the doors to Bethel's Christian Academy offering a viable faith-based learning environment to young families in the community for teaching and developing their children. Pastor August is married to his wife of 25 years Ruby and they have three sons and three grandchildren.

Marcus D. Holman, Sr. | President BP

A Christian counselor and Biblical studies expert with over 17 years of experience in worldwide ministry, Pastor Marcus Dewayne Holman is ready to take his knowledge, ambition and inestimable skill to the next level. After a successful run as a counselor at the prestigious International Institute for Christian Counseling, Pastor Holman plans to develop his leadership and constantly improving track record to establish Bethel's Global Reach as the preeminent international missions expert.


Pastor Holman is a sought-after entrepreneurial leader in counseling and Christian education. With an unrivaled and highly effective ability to organize and build leading initiatives and develop new and dynamic community services in both domestic and international contexts in multiple fields, Pastor Holman has been able to continually push his work past the expectations of even the hottest and most crowded areas of expertise. If education, counseling and international outreach are to have a central impact, Pastor Holman is uniquely qualified to lead the next new wave of educated, skilled and knowledgeable Christian ministers. Now, with a track record of unparalleled achievement at each waypoint in his career, and a deep knowledge and understanding of both the education and counseling fields, Pastor Holman has brought together a wide-ranging body of knowledge and a peerless work ethic to establish a standard by which all other ministry may be measured.

Dr. Marva Hill | Executive Director | BP

Marva Hill, a native of Houston, Texas, is currently employed as the Director of Education. A 30-year retired public school educator, Marva is the second child of four born to Marvin and Bonnie Terry. As a child, she acquired her formal education in Houston Independent School District where she graduated from the High School of Performing & Visual Arts with Drama as a major art area. She continued her education at Sam Houston State University which resulted in her receipt of a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Radio Television Film Communication with a Broadcast Journalism concentration. Upon completion of her degree from Sam Houston State University, she began her 15 year teaching career in Houston ISD and Fort Bend ISD. Her teaching career led to her pursuit of a career in educational administration and she thereby secured a position as high school administrator. Her love for education led to her completion of a Master’s degree (M.Ed.) and a doctoral degree (Ed.D) in Educational Administration from Texas Southern University. Prior to her current position, Dr. Hill served as a middle and high school English teacher, a high school administrator and a college advisor for high school seniors.  To her credit, Dr. Marva Hill has also served as choir director for 25 years in Houston and surrounding areas. Her tenure in music led to her acquisition of the Worship and Creative Arts Directorship at The Church at Bethel’s Family. Her current position as Director of Education for Bethel’s Place Education Director will afford her many opportunities to utilize her skills in educational administration, leadership, supervision, professional development, instructional design, human resources, and support employment.





Mrs. Corlice Joseph Mims | Executive Director | BPA

Corlice Joseph Mims has lived in Houston for the past 10 years. She is a Healthcare IT Consultant who implements software in laboratories and healthcare organizations. In 2012, Corlice started her own consulting corporation, CJM IT Consulting. 

In January 2017, Corlice and Ric Mims embarked on their dream to assist families in need by starting Mims Family Matters Foundation. The organization has adopted 14 economically disadvantaged families to assist in becoming financially independent. Corlice is an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority which focuses on social service in the community through programs for girls and boys.  

The second child of John (JB) and Anna (Patsy) Joseph, Corlice was raised in New Iberia, LA.  Her mother was an insurance agent which allowed her to be home with the family until Corlice reached high school. She then became a teacher’s assistant for Iberia Parish Schools. Corlice’s dad was a mechanic who retired from Avery Island salt mine after 35 years. Corlice had no idea that the family was economically disadvantaged until she was older because they had what they needed.

Corlice was very involved in school—however, she dreamed of experiencing life outside of New Iberia. She has since lived in Cincinnati and Hartford, Conn. She has visited 39 out of 50 states, as well as traveled to the U.S. Virgin Islands, Bermuda, Bahamas, Rome, Paris, Cancun, and more. Corlice presently lives in Houston. She is married with three grown children and seven grandchildren.

Mr. Robert M. Raheem | Board Member | BPA

Whalen Gibbs served the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections for 34 years.  He was appointed by Governor Kathleen Blanco to serve as Assistant Secretary for the Louisiana Department of Public Safety in May 2004 with a primary focus of holding incarcerated individuals accountable for their action, while also providing them with rehabilitation opportunities that would improve the likelihood of their successful reentry.  He was reappointed Assistant Secretary in 2008, and 2012 by Governor Bobby Jindal. 

Prior to his appointment as Assistant Gibbs had a distinguished careers with the Louisiana Division of Probation and Parole which began in 1981 as a Probation and Parole Specialist I, in Lake Charles, Louisiana.  Within the Division of Probation and Parole Gibbs has held the positions of Supervisor, Program Manager, and Deputy Director.  During his tenure in the Division of Probation and Parole, Gibbs distinguished himself as a leader and developed a reputation for fundamental fairness and inclusion for staff as well as for the men and women assigned to the custody of the Division of Probation and Parole.  He was one of the primary proponents that assisted with ushering in major innovative programs such as Intensive Incarceration Supervision, which provided supervision for individuals that completed the Intensive Motivational Program of Alternative Correctional Treatment (IMPACT).   

During his tenure as Assistant Secretary, Gibbs has collaborated with community and faith-based organizations to assist with identifying as well as providing resources for returning citizens.  Through partnership with Catholic Charities, the Louisiana Serve Commission and AmeriCorps, he assisted with the establishment of the Cornerstone Builders Program.  The Program provides education opportunities, civic service to the community by returning citizens, and a holistic approach to reentry which holds the individual accountable while allowing them to build a trust account within the community.

Gibbs was recognized by his peers as the Probation and Parole Officer of the Year in 1996.  Based on his work in Reentry, he received a Visionary Award for Change in 2013.  In August 2015, he received the “Reentry Award” from the Louisiana Justice Hall of Fame.  Since 2015, He has been President of 100 Black Men of Greater Lafayette, Incorporated which is an organization committed to providing mentoring to inner city youths.  He has been a past Vice President of the Lafayette Chapter of the NAACP. He has been a member of American Corrections Association, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), and the Louisiana Probation and Parole Officers Association (LPPOA) where he served in a position Executive Board Member.  Gibbs was also appointed by Governor Foster to serve on the Louisiana Risk Review Panel and currently serves on the Louisiana Corrections Facilities Corporation.

Gibbs is especially proud his native Clinton, Louisiana  where he attended  8th Ward Elementary School and also equally proud of his roots in Elton, Louisiana where he grew up and graduated from Elton High School in1975. He feels that the teachers at 8th Ward and Katie B. Thomas in Elton, along with his mother (Gladys) set him on a solid foundation that helped to make him the man that he is today.  Gibbs earned a BS in Criminal Justice from LSU in 1979. 

Gibbs has been dedicated to public service, but is deeply committed to family.  He has been married to Monica Blaise Gibbs for 35 years and they are the parents of two children and they have one grand-daughter.

Belinda Woods | Board Member | BPA

Michael LeBlanc founded White Glove Interior Care in 1983. LeB­lanc was in the oilfield service and sales business before entering the cleaning industry. Being experienced in the service industry, he knew how to serve people. Michael quickly realized that most carpet cleaning com­panies were not providing outstanding service, and neither did they seem to know much about cleaning. 

In addition to service, LeBlanc immersed himself in education, study­ing cleaning magazines and manuals, and networking with other pro­fessionals across the country. He learned everything that he could about carpet and fabric cleaning. As a result, he began to solve many difficult cleaning problems for carpet retailers, designers, and homeowners. Most other cleaners did not know how to solve these problems, so it created a niche for White Glove Interior Care. 

Over the years, Michael continued to build the company, adding important certifications and designations along the way. LeBlanc also provides service to the commercial building industry as a top custodial provider. Michael is involved in the community as a committee member of Hospice of Acadiana; he is an appointed member of the Downtown Lafayette Unlimited, a graduate of the Leadership Institute of Acadiana, Class XXII, and he has volunteered for various nonprofits. White Glove Interior Care cleans for cancer survivors, cleaning their sleep area carpets and their sleep chairs, free of charge.

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