We aim to treat one another with the love of Christ regardless of past mistakes, lifestyle choices, heritage or cultural distinctions, and physical or mental debilities. In humility, we recognize each person as a valuable creation from God to be treated with dignity and respect. We desire to encourage and inspire one another through showing appreciation, service, and unconditional love.
We believe God wants to transform each one of us from the inside out including our mind, soul, spirit, relationships, finances, health, and heart. Our hope is found in discovering God’s purpose and plan for our lives. In order to do this we actively seek partnerships with organizations and individuals that are dedicated to bringing about a positive change in the lives of those we serve. Our commitment is to always do our best, act with consistency, follow through on our responsibilities, and use our gifts and talents to serve God and serve others.
Our ultimate desire is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ in all that we do. We believe the Bible is God’s word applicable to each person’s life and we will make decisions based on our understanding of God’s truth while seeking the Lord through prayer, and acting within His grace and mercy. We would like to see discipleship take place, and seek to partner with local churches in order to connect people to a loving congregation where they may grow in their walk with Christ.
James is a self-starting, personable, passionate, strategic-connector who is committed to (and has numerous years working in) faith-based Christian ministry work. He is a highly-relational go-getter and non-profit development professional with major fundraising experience. Mr. Westbrook is a graduate of a Bay Area Seminary and has an undergraduate degree in History/Religious studies.
James has proven success in establishing and cultivating relationships with major donors, prospects, and supporters of diverse backgrounds. Mr. Westbrook’s experience largely includes nonprofit leadership, development, innovation, restorative justice work, volunteer mobilization and strategic partnership development to name a few. James enjoys overseeing teams and communications, managing projects, and revamping of organizations and branding, to increase streamlining capacity as well as the reach of an organization to help others. Additionally, James has led and raised millions of dollars on behalf of various nonprofit organizations and ventures throughout his many years of Nonprofit work.
Professionally, James has worked as a Business professional in several fields–most recently serving as the Director of Beyond Jobs, at Mission: St. Louis, in St. Louis, MO: Director of Programs and Innovation at Seed to Oaks in Louisville, KY, and, he is currently the Senior Planting Pastor of The Realm Church in Oakland, CA.
James is married to his High School Sweetheart Desiree’ who is a legal and nonprofit professional. Together, they have two darling kids who are fun-loving, and full of inventions to help to make Oakland and the World a better place. They enjoy serving in Oakland as a family, and they sincerely believe that some of the best “medicine” in the world is to serve and help others. Mr. Westbrook is thankful for the great team at the Telegraph Ministry Center and he is also thankful for the opportunity to serve alongside them in this new capacity. Teamwork makes the dream work!