The Impact Movement is governed by a board of directors who have the authority and responsibility to establish policies, rules, and procedures for Board functions, and to establish major organizational, personnel, fiscal, and programmatic policies, subject to Federal, State and local government and funding entities’ rules and regulations, and to ensure compliance with such established policies.
Adrian Barfield has served as a director on the board of the Impact Movement since 2008. Professionally, he has spent the majority of his 25-year career in the pharmaceutical industry with a primary focus in the field of oncology. He has held a variety of positions in sales, marketing, sales training and executive leadership in several large corporations including The Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (BMS), Eli Lilly and Company and Cardinal Health. Currently, Mr. Barfield is the Founder and CEO of Medallion Healthcare, an oncology focused full service advertising agency based in Dallas, Texas.
He has been an active member of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship Church in Dallas, Texas for nearly 10 years where he serves in the Children’s ministry and facilitates, along with his wife Maya, a church endorsed small group for couples.
James “Jimmy” McGee III
James is often referred to as Jimmy McGee. He was born in Milwaukee, and later moved with his family to the Southside of Chicago where he grew up. He returned to Milwaukee to attend Marquette University, graduating with a Bachelors of Art in Sociology. After college, he re-located to Atlanta, Georgia to serve with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. For ten years he served Black students who attended the Atlanta University Center. (The Atlanta University Center is a consortium of Historically Black Schools, Morehouse College, Clark Atlanta University, Spelman College and Morris Brown College.) In that capacity he has impacted college students’ lives through mentoring, training, and directing conferences. During his tenure with InterVarsity he had other responsibilities before leaving InterVarsity December 2004. His last role was as the Director, Pilgrimage For Reconciliation (2002-2004): a program to help InterVarsity grow deeper in its intent to become a welcoming organization to all ethnic communities by looking at racial/ethnic conflict domestically and globally through the lens of Shalom Theology.
Jimmy has a Masters of Arts in Applied Anthropology from Georgia State University. Jimmy is the founder and president of The Bitumen Group, Inc. Married to Genie, together they have 3 sons; James (Jay), Noah Aslan, and Asher Cross.
Dr. Carla Davis
Dr. Davis is a physician specialist in the Immunology, Allergy, and Rheumatolgy Section of the Department of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine. She has been treating children with allergies and immunodeficiencies at Texas Children’s Hospital since 2005.
She became a committed believer in college at the age of 16 after participation in Charles and Rebecca Gilmer’s ministry at Howard University in 1989. She is married to Eric Davis, Minister of Evangelism at Friendship Community Bible Church in Houston, Texas, and has 4 children. Over the past 25 years she has served passionately in children and teen ministries, evangelism and missions. She is grateful to the Lord and the leaders of The Impact Movement for providing Christ centered discipleship that changed her life.
She has served on the Board of Directors since 2013.
George moved from Washington, DC to Atlanta in 1987 to attend Morehouse College with plans to become an actuary. During his matriculation, he became ardently involved with The Impact Movement. It was during those years that George developed a passion for evangelism and discipleship. After Morehouse, he served 14 years with Charles Stanley’s ministry In Touch, where he was able to use his actuarial knowledge for kingdom purposes through charitable gift planning.
Later, George founded The Kingdom Development Group, Inc. – a corporation that strategically co-labors with ministries offering charitable gift planning solutions and administration. Today, George and his wife Barbara work at National Christian Foundation, which is the world’s largest Christian granting foundation. They reside in Cumming, Georgia with their two children Shekinah and Josiah. George counts it a blessing to serve on the board of directors for The Impact Movement and give back to a ministry that provided him the passion to make disciples of Jesus.
Dr. Marla Frederick
Marla Frederick is a professor of religion and African and African American studies at Harvard University. She is the author of Between Sundays: Black Women and Everyday Struggles of Faith and co-author of Local Democracy Under Siege: Activism, Public Interests and Private Politics, which won the 2008 Best Book Award from the Society for the Anthropology of North America. She is currently completing an ethnography on the influence of American televangelism in the Caribbean. Dr. Frederick’s research and teaching focus on religion, race, media and social change.
She received her B.A. from Spelman College and her Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from Duke University. An active Sunday School teacher at Bethel AME Church in Boston, Dr. Frederick enjoys serving on the board of the Impact Movement because she is dedicated to the ministry’s vision of developing African American Christian leaders on college campuses across the country.
Tom Fritz directs one of Cru’s City teams that partners with churches and urban ministries, sharing the good news for the well-being of Atlanta. He laid the foundation of the Impact Movement by launching the National Impact Conference and the Impact Ministry in 1991. Tom began Cru’s initial ministry to African American college students on Historically Black Colleges and Universities at the Atlanta University Center (Morehouse, Spelman, Clark, Morris Brown and International School of Theology) in 1975.
Over the years he has served in a variety of capacities including Pastor of Live Oak Baptist Church, Director of the Intercultural Resources of Cru, leader of the African American team in Zimbabwe training African University Ministry leaders representing African campus ministry, chairman of Cru’s initial Ethnic Minority Fund committee and coordinated the church evangelism training outreach efforts in NYC after 911.
Dr. Fritz, a Vietnam Veteran in the U.S. Army, received his BBA in marketing from Temple University and Doctor of Divinity from Carver College. He is married to Linda and they raised two sons, Timothy and Michael.
Dennis Talbert is a visionary Christian leader, mentor and a national and international advocate for Christian youth development. After 20 years in the corporate arena, Pastor Talbert in January 1990 made a significant career change to work with urban youth in Detroit to serve as the Pastor of Student Ministries at Detroit’s Rosedale Park Baptist Church. Under his leadership, Rosedale’s youth ministry received local and national recognition for its work with “high risk” youth. Both President William Jefferson Clinton and President George W. Bush recognized Rosedale’s Student Ministries Department for their innovative approach to community-based youth development.
In 2006 Pastor Talbert left the staff of Rosedale to become President of Michigan Neighborhood Partnership (a former affiliate of the University of Michigan). He serves as a national consultant in the field of youth development for both the U.S. Department of Justice and U. S. Department of Education as President of Empower Outreach (serving over 3000 community-based and governmental agencies) additionally he is the Chairman of the Board of both the Brightmoor Alliance and Brightmoor Community Center in his beloved community in Detroit.
Tonya is a member of the Board of Directors for The Impact Movement and a member of the Strategic Planning Committee. She is also a married mother of two daughters and a member of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship.
Professionally, Tonya is an attorney practicing in the area of Public Finance in the state of Texas. She has been involved in the financing and development of local school districts, cities, transportation providers, housing providers, higher education authorities, hospitals, and airports as Bond and Underwriters’ Counsel across the state of Texas since 2001.
She earned her Juris Doctor Degree from Temple University School of Law and her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Spelman College where she was heavily involved with Campus Crusade for Christ and The Impact Movement as a student leader.