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“Fathers do matter. You can have a profound impact on your child’s life, even if you’re not living with them,” Fornari said. “If you are living with them, be sure that you’re actively engaged. Just being present isn’t enough. Make sure you have dinner with your kids. I understand people have busy schedules, but if you don’t have time for dinner together most nights, when do you have time to interact?”
“Are you a dad?”
This was the third child to ask me. What a strange question.
“I don’t have a dad,” said her voice.
“I’ve never had a dad,” said her eyes.
“I don’t know what a dad looks like,” said her soul.
Dads are like unicorns in this neighborhood. You read about them in books at school, but you’ve never talked to one or rode on his back or petted his mane. You’ve seen some men, but none really act like the stories in the books at school. Those are fairy tales.
“Are you a dad?”
Now there was hope in her voice.
“Yes, I’m a dad and were going to bring more dads to your school.”
Dark eyes turned bright. A huge smile broadened on her face as she turned back to the herd of other kids who have never seen a dad. She was the brave scout sent to see if this was real. Now she could report. “Dads are real and they are coming to our school.”
Her heart shouted louder than her voice. “Maybe there is a dad for me?”
Lee is the 6th son of Dewitt and Eula Roland. He has one younger sister. He married Wanda Roland on December 22, 1979. They have two children, Irving 32 years old and Chanel 27 years old. Lee is a minister at Saint Luke Baptist Church, where his father pastored for 30 years before passing away. In his free time, he loves to play golf and spend time with his family.
Mr. Lee Roland has been an educator and administrator for over 20 years. Lee has always labored exhaustively yet ardently in the field to both serve and meet the needs of students, parents, and teachers – it’s his “calling.” His dedication and determination is clearly evident as he unceasingly endeavors to inspire and propel others who serve, to touch lives and make a difference, particularly for children.
In addition to enjoying great success in his roles of building principals and central office administration, Lee has spoken and presented at numerous conferences, venues and workshops across the state and country, particularly on the subjects of character education and teacher efficacy. Mr. Roland has and continues to serve on numerous city and community boards, all involving the welfare of children. In short, Lee Roland believes that it is the responsibility of educators and adults to improve our society via public education, which he passionately strives to do each and every single day – yes, “leave no child behind”!
Finally, Mr. Roland is an associate minister at St. Luke Baptist Church in Spencer. Among his most cherished roles is children’s church minister and Sunday school teacher. Lee has conducted revivals, family retreats, and preached across the city, state, and country. He has also been involved with many other initiatives in ministry, civic, and professionally. However, he is simply most grateful to be one of God’s soldiers on the battlefield with a goal of one day hearing the Father say: “Well done my good and faithful servant.”
Kevin C. Hill
Married for 28 years to Richinda Hill.
He and his wife has 2 children from this blessed union. Kacy 26 and Kayla 23.. 1 Granddaughter Milena 15 months.
Kevin has immersed himself in the area of elementary education for over 28 years as a Teacher, Coach, Headmaster, Assistant Principal and Principal. He has been blessed with numerous accommodations for his commitment and passion for the betterment of children, to include being named site teacher of the year, Mid-Del Teacher of the Year, and State Finalist for Teacher of the Year. He currently serves as the Principal of Epperly Heights Elementary in Del City.
Kevin has honorably served his country by being part of the Oklahoma Air National Guard for over 15 years. He has achieved the rank of Master Sergeant and currently serves as the 137 ARW First Sergeant of the Logistic Readiness Squadron. MSgt. Hill has been decorated with numerous service ribbons to include the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and the Air Force Longevity Medal to name a few.
Kevin is active in his community as well. He is a member and Assistant Pastor at Praise Assembly Ministries in Del City. He is the President Elect for the Del City Rotary Club. He has been a member of the Midwest City Kiwanis, Midwest City Citizen Police Academy, Tinker AFB Community Star Program, Del City Chamber Member, Epperly Heights Neighborhood Watch Association and others.
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The time to get this done is right now. Build a father. Build a child. Build a generation. Put healthy, dedicated men in front of our kids.
This map of high fatherless census tracts in OKC disturbs me. Epidemic fatherless homes plague our community, our state, and
Change is possible and probable with your support. We aren’t talking, we are acting in neighborhoods, schools, and homes.
On Sept 16th, National community leaders such as Carey Casey, CEO of the National Center for Fathering, and Hon. James Lankford, U.S. House of Representatives, mixed with local legislators, pastors, business leaders, education leaders, non-profit leaders, media leaders, and international church leaders in a powerful dynamic. The energy and interchange overflowed for hours and continues as leaders connect heart to heart with other leaders on a national malaise. Our fatherless culture needs revision. …
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Take time to read through and meet or two inductees into the Fathering Hall of Fame in 2013
Community Transformation Initiatives in the last two months have been outstanding. Every plan in motion has netted significant results. Plan, prayer, and pursuit have profited. Our goal was to connect with 1000 men in addition to those already reached by year’s end. I count 800 in our first 60 days of push along with 43 newly engaged volunteers in multiple capacities. Go ahead and fund the mission.
The only lagging item is support to continue. Dian and I took an astronomical leap of faith from corporate America to faith missionary 15 months ago. With enough to cover 9 months, we have lived 15. We do not regret one moment of faithfulness. God is our source. Honestly, it is not easy, but a few precious supporters have made the difference and a few small contract jobs. Now, we need you. Go ahead and fund the mission.
Spot gifts of $500 or $5,000 make up for the YOUs that don’t respond and allow us to hire a part-time administrator to keep right track of all the details. Go ahead and fund the mission
Then we will be free to focus fully on the men and children and families in front of us.
Individuals are grateful for supporters:
TC – in the West OKC neighborhood has gone from depressed to cheerful from unemployed to working from unproductive to engaged with his young daughter.
J – in EAST OKC reunited with his daughter after 21 years absence and has met his four grandchildren. They had never met him. He had never met them. CTI helped give them back their grandpa.
50 men took a visible stance in front of their families and friends and committed to stay the course.
20 men are committed to stand in the halls at school on behalf of hundreds of fatherless students.
P in Mexico wept before his family and committed to provide.
B in Texas took scripture to his son to stand with him in life threatening illness.
Over and over and over are stories like this in the last 60 days. Go ahead and fund the mission
Raising support is part of what is needed. You get the opportunity to participate in life-changing engagement and encouragement. You become as much honored in God’s heart as the ones doing the work. The faster the support accumulates, the more time we have to do what you commission us to do in educating, encouraging, and engaging men for families.
In the last 60 days, whole neighborhoods and cities are grateful for supporters……
At the Integris Men’s Health, our team talked 1-1 with over 200 men and distributed challenging books compliments of Tom Pace and Pace/Butler.
At the East Zion District Men’s Association great response.
At Tabitha Baptist on a Fearless Weekend, tremendous Sunday morning response after a strong weekend.
In West OKC, Eagles’ Crest is seeing beautiful response from the neighborhoods in family outreach with kids, men and women.
In West OKC, a church plant is in motion with Rev. Melvin Bunn to see even more families reached and strengthened. Supporters offer hope and healing to distressed community.
Weekly, we join with the Jesus House in prayer and study with the lead staff team in support and encouragement. Supporters keep the lights on for families in repair. Go ahead and fund the mission
In North OKC, recruits for Watch D.O.G.S. number over 20 and building to help at Tulakes. Jerry Kramer and Bobby Byers have jumped in to help as we recruited in concert with Life Church, Cherokee Hills Baptist and others. http://www.fearlessfathers.org/watchdogs
Challenge to some 50 men of Tabernaculo De Fe.
Beginning work with Epperly Heights in Del City.
Luncheon and golf are ready to reach on Sept 16th at Willow Creek Golf and Country Club with Carey Casey, CEO of the National Center for Fathering and Hon. James Lankford with the U.S. House of Representatives, and Chuck Bowman, legendary FCA. http://www.championfatherstourney.org Supporters are a part of visibility and action for fathers and the fatherless.
Matamoros and area
Gualaneno, Moquetito, Rioje y CAREVI resulted in 300 mochillas (backpacks) full of school supplies. Supporters are a part of kids going to school with a chance of success.
A new church plant to reach and teach families and transplant the fathering initiative to North Texas and South Oklahoma is in motion. We have a team of eight volunteers engaged and connecting in Gainesville and have made good contact with local businesses. Supporters are a part of hope for fractured families. Go ahead and fund the mission
Across the U.S.
This Spring legislative season ended with 3450 legislators being reached in 33 states on a weekly basis with scripture, prayer, and encouragement. Many phone calls, emails, and letters have been exchanged in a chaplaincy support. Our teams have wept with legislators, prayed for family members, listened and encouraged, and helped them maintain order in our nation. Supporters are a part of that. Go ahead and fund the mission.