A Year of Change

Last week I was asked to summarize my experience of 2018 with a single world. After a slight pause, I replied "change." 2018 has been a year filled with personal and professional change. Here's my Top 10 List: Living. For the first time in my life, I'm living an urban lifestyle (in the 15th largest city in the United States). Moving. My wife and I moved from a two story suburban home with a golf course view to a four story downtown dwelling with a city view. Growing. The Adese Read More …

My Year of Social Enterprise

A year ago this week I announced that I had accepted the position of Director of Social Enterprise at the Wesley Mission Center. Over the last twelve months, I've been blessed to serve the people living within the bounds of Mansfield Independent School District - a geographic area that includes the city of Mansfield as well as parts of Arlington, Grand Prairie, Rendon and other areas. Founded as an outreach ministry of First Methodist Mansfield, the organization grew and became its own Read More …

Now Open!

Last summer, I started a new role as the first ever Director of Social Enterprise at the Wesley Mission Center in Mansfield, Texas.  Over the last seven months I've helped this young (est. 2013) , community oriented, justice focused, faith-based non-profit scale its largest funding source and flagship social enterprise: a Thrift Store and Boutique. Learning For many years before the Wesley Mission Center became its own separately incorporated 501(c)3, it was the Community Outreach arm of Read More …

Adese Fellowship (Social Enterprise)

Two months ago I wrote about experiencing "many first days" in a relatively short period of time.  One of those first days was starting my role as Director of Social Enterprise at the Wesley Mission Center in Mansfield, Texas. Shortly after starting that position I learned that the United Church of Christ was accepting applications for a social enterprise fellowship targeting those interested in changing the world for good via social enterprise. Adese "Adese" comes from the Amharic Read More …