Frances Keane & Audrey King
House of New Beginnings
Frances Keane has worked in social services for over ten years. Audrey King received her masters degree in counseling from Spring Arbor University in 2010. Together, with others, these women co-founded House of New Beginnings in Jackson, MI. This non-profit agency started three years ago to fill a gap for teens who are homeless, abused or runaway so they can obtain services and be given a chance at being productive citizens. The agency is very active in the campaign against human trafficking and currently partners with Set Free, Jackson County Freedom Coalition, and the Juvenile Justice Coaltion. House of New Beginnings also has a special focus on being an aftercare facility for victims of human trafficking to assist them in receiving treatment through housing, individual Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavior Therapy, group therapy and life skills to help give them hope for a future.
Dr. Caleb Chan
Dean of the Gainey School of Business
Spring Arbor University
After receiving his B.A. in Business Administration and Economics from King College, Dr. Chan went on to attain his Ph.D. from Georgia State University. Before becoming the Dean of the Gainey School of business, Dr. Chan was the Director of Graduate Studies in Management as well as the faculty adviser of Students in Free Enterprise. Along with his interests in defining the attributes of quality educators and pursuing ethical and effective business practices in all industries, Dr. Chan houses a heart for the victims of human trafficking and desires to apply his professional expertise to continue the goal of ending such an atrocity.
The Manasseh Project
After earning a masters degree in popular culture from Bowling Green State University, he taught at BGSU and Cornerstone University before beginning work with abused and neglected children in both residential and community programs at Wedgwood Christian Services. He currently develops programming to address the commercial sexual exploitation of minors. Andy also serves as the Director of Mobilization at Mars Hill Bible Church.
Creative Projects Coordinato
Michigan Abolitionist Project
Luke Hassevoort graduated from the University of Michigan in 2012 with a degree in Psychology and Gender Studies, and is currently earning a Masters in Social Work from Wayne State University. In 2010 he helped form Hope for the Voiceless; a collection of abolitionists passionate about addressing the demand for sex trafficking in the United States. Through film and storytelling he hopes to encourage people to live lives of justice, compassion, and love. Additionally, he once built a chimney. It is still standing to this day.
Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force
Marie joined the Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force with the encouragement of a long time mentor, Jane White and a good friend from the Michigan Legislature, Julia Koch. Marie retired from the Michigan Legislature in 2003 as the Legislative Director for Representative/Senator Gilda Z. Jacob, Huntington Woods. As a Deputy U.S. Marshal, WAE working in Grand Rapids and Lansing, Marie decided to continue her degree in criminal justice graduating from MSU with a Bachelor of Arts while working as a security guard with the Michigan Senate. She held various positions before entering a legislator’s office. In 2006 Marie trained as a General Civil Court Facultative Mediator and continued taking classes while mediating. She became a Board of Trustee for OMC in 2008, resigning in 2013. Over the years she has stayed active in local politics and has been a volunteer in her community in a number of different areas. The Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force has been an opportunity for Marie to again work in a high energy environment with dedicated, compassionate, and committed people from diverse backgrounds.
Dianna graduated from Spring Arbor University with B.E.S in Fine Art. She has been awakened to much more than a cause, but to children whom have had their hearts broken. Their wounds and scars must heal—but who will comfort them? We are artists and educators. Therefore, our "in" is through connections in education and communicating through the arts. Flowing through our message is not an effort to turn others into artists, too...but to encourage each person to inventory their God-given talents, connections, and skills: to employ creativity and discover, "How can I get the message out? How can I help? How can I be a conduit of compassion?" Our message also extends abolition outward reaching to the global community in realization that slavery transcends geographic boundaries, demographics, generations, culture, gender, and even history. If we can continue efforts, lets eradicate it from our future.
Reverend Ginger Coakley
Set Free Movement
Ginger Coakley was recently ordained in the Free Methodist Church and lives in Greenville, Illinois. Appointed to the Set Free Movement, she leads the Bond County Set Free Movement task force, networks with Greenville College students and staff, and speaks regionally to invite others to join in smart, effective, holistic action. For two years she has been exploring community and church engagement in the fight against modern day slavery. With feet on the ground pursuing Zero Tolerance Communities, she is finding remarkable interest and replicable avenues for the church to pursue holistic freedom in their area.
International Child Care Ministries
Pastor Tasha lives in Indianapolis, IN. She recently accepted a 3/4 time position as Operations Manager for SEED, the livelihood ministry of Free Methodist World Missions. But she’s always been bi-vocational, pastoring churches and beautifying clients in a salon, and she’s keeping up that bi-vocational focus by becoming our first Ambassador while also serving SEED. Tasha has served as a pastor in the Free Methodist Church for 11 years in Indianapolis and Washington, DC, and is an ordained elder in the Mid-America Conference. She is a passionate communicator of God’s Word and has invested herself in lifting people out of hopeless places through the power of God and the love of the church. Her primary focus for ICCM will be on the Midwest and East Coast, but she will also follow her networks from 10 years of involvement and leadership in the African Heritage Network of the FMC and her church planting experience in DC. Tasha’s first visit to an ICCM mission field will be next month when she accompanies Director Linda Adams to Haiti.
Rev. Kevin Austin
Set Free Movement
Rev. Kevin Austin, a former missionary to Thailand, is a Free Methodist leader directing the Set Free Movement in the abolition of modernday slavery. Working in partnership with others, Kevin wants to empower faith communities and faith based organizations to create effective, sustainable, integrated, community based action addressing modern slavery issue and other orbiting issues. His 12+ years of experience in cross cultural ministry and working with innovative organizations like Not For Sale, YWAM, World Relief, etc., make him a valuable resource and leader.
Through my friend and fellow artist Jenny Flower's friendship and artwork, I have been awakened to much more than a cause. I have met many children who have tasted hope and freedom from unspeakable suffering. We use this adjective, “unspeakable,” and connect this word with a kind of suffering that we don’t wish to be reminded of in the midst of American comforts and privileges. The visual voice of art can speak the unspeakable. Art can speak abolition. Art can speak hope. Art can celebrate freedom. It is my hope to bring light to their stories and cultural background through art. We invite you to celebrate freedom with us. All children deserve to be free. May the visual voice of art be an Awakening Call to live lives that refuse neutrality. Care. Help. Educate.