21NTC Session

Black Church: A different kind of nonprofit


The goal of this session is to explore the relationship with the African American church, technology and nonprofit program management.

Most churches provide many social services to their communities; sometimes without the benefit of grant funding and especially in black and brown underserved communities. Nonprofits serving the same communities can form unique partnership with African American churches. These partnerships can serve to meet the needs of the people, build trust and scale programming.

The discussion will include examples of current digital inclusion programming as an example of a unique partnership in the nonprofit space.

Session Type

60 minute session

Learning Outcomes

  • Better understand the idiosyncrasy of African American church culture
  • Best practices on how to cultivate a programmatic relationship with AA churches
  • Begin to recognize churches as a place of community

Target Audience

Nonprofit ED's and Program Managers looking to connect with churches


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Oliver Richmond


Kingdom Partners

Education: B.S. Business Management – Ferris State University, Former Securities Licenses, Series 7, 66, 63. Certificates of Theology -The Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) of Atlanta, Ga.


Chairman of the Board and Chairman of Deacon Board of Grace Pointe Church of Chattanooga.
20 years providing training and educational workshops to minority communities, corporations, and churches.
He has extensive experience helping churches and non-profits achieve community outreach.
Husband of Minister Pamela Richmond
Parents of four children
Former Interim Executive Director with Front Porch Alliance.
Former Deacon at the Union Baptist Church and Mt.Canaan Baptist Church
His favorite scripture is, Proverbs 3:1-6 (NIV), 5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

Timothy Farmer

Director of Technology

Cascade United Methodist Church

October 30, 1980 marks the first stitch in the tapestry in the life of Timothy Farmer. Since then, his inspirations and experiences have continued to be the weaver of his growth and development.

A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Timothy is the younger of two sons born to R.L. and Mary Farmer. He received his formal education in the Riverview Gardens School District. He went on to attend Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, where he graduated as the top ranking student in his major (elementary education) with a Bachelor of Arts degree in May 2002. In May 2006, Timothy received a Master of Education degree in curriculum and instruction from Argosy University. In May 2012, he received a Master of Divinity degree in church and community leadership from Morehouse School of Religion at the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC). He is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Ministry at Candler School of Theology at Emory University.

Professionally, Timothy taught for seven years as a teacher at Parkside Elementary School in Atlanta Public Schools and served as the grade level chairperson for three. He currently works as an Educational Technology Specialist for Atlanta Public Schools. He is also the Director of Technology and Communications at Cascade United Methodist Church. Timothy is also an ordained minister and serves on the ministerial staff at The Greater Piney Grove Baptist Church.

Timothy is highly involved in the beloved community. He is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Incorporated/Atlanta Alumni Chapter, Morehouse College National Alumni Association, St. Paul Saturdays Male Leadership and Development Program, and the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Holiday Planning Committee.

Timothy is the recipient of numerous honors including the INROADS Mark of Excellence, Honor Roll, and Student of the Year Award. Also, he has received the Morehouse College Top Ranking Student in Education Award, Outstanding Young People of Atlanta Award, and the Kappa Alpha Psi/Atlanta Alumni Chapter Polemarch’s Award.

Aneta Lee

Chief Digital Specialist

Aneta Uplifts, LLC

Aneta Thomas Lee is an altruistic forward thinking leader and a staunch advocate for community empowerment. Aneta serves as a champion for the cause of digital inclusion and equity in every setting she finds herself in. She caught the digital inclusion “fever” in 2015 when she became a member of the first cohort of Digital Inclusion Fellowship. This unique Fellowship was sponsored by Google Fiber and managed by the Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN). Aneta served as a Fellow with the City of Atlanta Parks and Recreation Department. Aneta was then honored to serve for another Fellowship term in 2017. This Fellowship was in partnership with Rainbow PUSH Coalition – Silicon Valley office and was aptly named the Rev. Jesse Jackson Digital Inclusion Fellowship. Aneta and her colleague worked with seven Atlanta area churches to implement digital literacy programming. She established relationships with partners churches, county libraries, senior centers and community-based nonprofits including the Urban League of Greater Atlanta.
Aneta currently serves as the Lead Digital Inclusion Specialist for the Rainbow PUSH Coalition – Silicon Valley and the FaithTech Connected Churches initiative. Aneta conducts virtual monthly training for churches via Rainbow PUSH Coalition’s Zoom, YouTube and Facebook Live streaming services. She consults 1:1 with churches to provide technical assistance and she provides training to church staff/leaders/congregants to assist with the integration of technology into ministry operations. Aneta also serves as a Senior Training Specialist for Inspiredu (formerly PowerMyLearning Atlanta). In this role, she is responsible for planning, creating, coordinating and implementing a premium Adult Literacy Program that will fully integrate with Inspiredu’s exceptional Family Engagement programming.
Aneta is a new social entrepreneur. Her business – Aneta Uplifts, LLC – specializes in digital literacy training, program development in digital inclusion, speaker advocacy services and instructional design.

Adam McKee, III


United Methodist Church - Holston Conference

Dr. Adam E. McKee, III, is an Elder in Full Connection with the Holston Conference of the United Methodist Church. He has a passion for preaching the gospel, evangelism and empowering believers for discipleship ministries. Adam is a former Corrections Chaplain and has served churches in Florida, Virginia and Tennessee. Prior to his relocation to Chattanooga, Tennessee
Dr. McKee completed eight years of service as the Oak Ridge District Superintendent, Holston Conference, UMC.

Adam’s educational background reflects he has earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from the Drew University Theological School, a Master of Divinity degree from the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology of Virginia Union University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bethune-Cookman University. Dr. McKee is also a 2010 graduate of the Duke University Denominational Executive Leadership Program. In 2006, Adam was inducted into the Order of the Flame, World Methodist Evangelism.

Dr. McKee is an active member of a variety of community-based organizations including the steering committee of the Chattanooga Minority Health Fair, Kingdom Partners, the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, and Chattanooga Chapter of the National Pan Hellenic Council where he currently serves as secretary and chairperson of the Policing-Social Justice subcommittee.

Adam and his wife Charlotte have three daughters and a Cockapoo named Que.



March 23, 2021


1:00pm – 2:00pm