Joyce Lynne Lacey

NAME: Joyce Lynne Lacey

Title: Director

Company: June Lynne Lacey Foundation

Location: Minnesota

Education: AA in General Studies, Minnesota State; BA in Communication, University of Minnesota, Morris; LB, Bible College of the Seminary

Career History: Pastor, Joyce Lacey Ministries (2020-Present);

Director, June Lynne Lacey Foundation (2019-Present)

Joyce Lynne Lacey, Director at June Lynne Lacey Foundation, has been recognized as a Marquis Emerging Leader for their contributions and achievements in the field of public health services.

Since 2019, Ms. Lacey has dedicated herself to providing support and supplies—such as meals, groceries, and necessities—to caregivers and the vulnerable adults, children, and other family members they assist. Through the June Lynne Lacey Foundation, an organization founded in the aftermath of her mother’s death, she and her colleagues strive to ensure that the health care needs of individuals are not dismissed and their basic human rights are upheld—no matter their circumstances. She became motivated to help others in this capacity after her mother, June—a model, advocate, public speaker, and volunteer, among several other roles—experienced numerous traumas while placed, against her will, in a nursing home hundreds of miles from home before her passing. This harrowing period felt by Ms. Lacey, her mother, and her family led to her initiative in getting the word out about what vulnerable people are more apt to suffer through.

Additionally motivated by her faith, Ms. Lacey has served as a pastor and ordained minister at Joyce Lacey Ministries since 2020—through which she takes pride in communicating God’s messages to people who are then able to apply the teachings to their everyday lives. It has been her faith that gives her the strength to carry on when discouraged, especially while working to help elderly and disabled people in need through the foundation. Her ultimate goal is to play a role in passing “The June Lynn Lacey Bill” that would protect seniors who are under guardianship. Outside of her primary endeavors, she is active as the outreach vice president of the Minnesota Council for the Navy League of the United States and, in recognition of her services, has earned the Freedom Resource Center Leadership Award; KSTP Everyday Hero Award; WCCO Volunteer of the Year; St. Paul Saints Community Service Award; and Minnesota State Fair 50-Year Award.

Dr. Brenda M. Farmer

Title: Chief Executive Officer, Founder

Company: Without Walls

Location: Virginia

Education: ThD in Religion, Eastern Theological Seminary;

Master’s Degree in Religion, Virginia University of Lynchburg and Eastern Theological Seminary;

Bachelor’s Degree in Administration, University of Lynchburg (formerly Lynchburg College)

Career History: Chief Executive Officer, Founder, Without Walls (2018-Present);

Registrar, Substitute Lecturer, Eastern Theological Seminary;

Staff to Supervisor, Ericsson + General Electric, Retired (32 Years)

Dr. Brenda M. Farmer, Chief Executive Officer and Founder at Without Walls, has been recognized as a Marquis Emerging Leader for their contributions and achievements in the field of religion.

Attributing her success to her love of people and faith in God, Dr. Farmer has long been passionate about helping others, which she does every single day as the Chief Executive Officer and founder of Without Walls. Formed in Lynchburg, Virginia in 2018, the ministry is dedicated to aiding women who are incarcerated as well as their families, the homeless, and anybody else in the community and surrounding rural areas in need of assistance. She developed Without Walls upon seeing a need to help those behind bars find a new path outside of the cycle of crime and imprisonment and better the lives of their families and people around them.

Previously, Dr. Farmer excelled at Ericsson + General Electric, where she advanced from staff to supervisor before retiring after 32 years. She then became a registrar and substitute lecturer at Eastern Theological Seminary and a part-time church caretaker and cleaner. Equipped with a bachelor’s degree in administration from the University of Lynchburg and a master’s degree in religion from the Virginia University of Lynchburg and Eastern Theological Seminary, she most recently obtained a Doctor of Theology in religion from the latter institution. In addition to her main endeavors as CEO and founder of the ministry, for which she became licensed to visit jails and nursing homes, she has been active as a member of the Link Aid Board, Church is Forever Ministry Board, and Red Truck Ministry, and a bible study teacher for nursing homes. Vice President of the local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, she’s also affiliated with the Junior League of Lynchburg and the Order of the Eastern Star—for which she has been the Grand Worthy Matron for 12 years. In recognition of her myriad achievements, Dr. Farmer earned a Leadership Award from the Order of the Eastern Star and a Humanitarian Award from the University of Lynchburg, the latter being the highlight of her career.

Before COVID-19, she visited incarcerated women in the town of Amherstdale every Sunday, but since the pandemic affected visitations, she hasn’t been able to—although she still communicates with them and sends the inmates packages, cards for the holidays, and even grants their requests and favors. Looking toward the future, she hopes to discover someone whom she can guide and mentor as a successor to her legacy. Dr. Farmer, whose husband of 56 years passed away in 2021, is the proud mother of five children and grandmother of 11.

Pastor Alessandra Tavares

Title: Business Owner

Company: Tavares Brick Pavers Inc.

Location: Desodo, FL

Education: College Coursework

Career History: Business Owner, Tavares Brick Pavers Inc. (2001-Present); Pastor, Children of Light Church

Pastor Alessandra Tavares, Business Owner at Tavares Brick Pavers Inc., has been recognized as a Marquis Emerging Leader for their contributions and achievements in the fields of contracting and religion.

Motivated by her faith in God, perseverance, and hope for what the future holds, Ms. Tavares has excelled in her role as the president of Tavares Brick Pavers, Inc. since 2001 when she and her husband started the company. As the leader of the business, whose mission is to sell and install brick pavers for commercial and residential clients in the Sarasota, Siesta Key, Longboat Key, Bradenton, Venice, Anna Maria Island, and Palmetto areas of Florida, she is responsible for overseeing numerous employees and all operations—which includes interlocking brick paving driveways, walkways, and pool and patio decks. She has found it incredibly rewarding to provide people with these services and build strong relationships with her clients.

In addition, Ms. Tavares is devoted to her faith in God and lives her life in “love, peace, and joy” as a pastor and member at Children of Light Church, a chaplain in her local community, and a board member with the Sarasota Outreach Solutions charity. As a testament to her astounding work, she was honored by Sarasota Magazine as part of “The Best of Sarasota” in 2014, 2019, and 2020, and was most recently featured in a 2021 issue of Suncoast Brazil USA Magazine. Looking toward the future, she hopes to be able to help her community more, particularly those who come from or live in broken homes.

Ernest Barringer

Title: Retired U.S. Navy Master Chief, Nuclear Services Manager

Company: Mission Support & Test Services, LLC (MSTS)

Location: Las Vegas, NV

Career History: Retired, Nuclear Services Manager, Weapons Testing Site, With, Mission Support & Test Services, LLC (MSTS), North Las Vegas, NV, (2007-2021); Manager, Nuclear Weapons, Pantex Plant (after the Navy-2000); Co-Pastor, Preacher/Teacher, The Gospel of Christ, The Potter’s Place Church (ministry team Pastors T & T) NV, (-Present)

Ernest Barringer, Co-Pastor, Preacher and Teacher at The Gospel of Christ, The Potter’s Place Church, has been recognized as a Marquis Emerging Leader for their contributions and achievements in the field of religious and military service.

Mr. Barringer’s career was greatly influenced by his service in the U.S. Navy. He enlisted in the service when he was 18 years old and worked as a missile technician, launching nuclear weapons and also on top secret operations. After completing his service in 2021, he worked as a Manager of Nuclear Weapons at Pantex Plant. Presently, Mr. Barringer finds meaning in his work as a Co-Pastor, Preacher and Teacher at the Gospel of Christ, The Potter’s Place Church in Nevada. He runs the church with his wife, Toni, who is a pastor at the institution.

Mr. Barringer considers one of his greatest qualities that has aided in his success to being a ‘people person.’ He strongly believes that people are the most important asset, which is why he wanted to ensure he was always compliant, ensuring the safety of people and the environment, while meeting all requirements. He was licensed and ordained by Bishop Michael Barringer of The Greater Love Church in Dayton, Ohio. Throughout his career, he has received awards for his work as a nuclear services manager. Mr. Barringer has also been recognized with Navy Achievement Medals, and Two Presidential Awards in Test, Implementation, Evaluations, Readiness to Perform Work from Pantex.

Brent David Fraser, FSA Scot

Title: Founder, Leader

Company: Sacramental Life Churches, Inc.

Location: Bainbridge Island, WA

Career History: Steward of Charitable Outreach, Natural Healing Church of Holy Redeemer (2021-Present); Personal, Spiritual, Creativity Development Coach, Fraser at Your Service (2018-Present); Executor of Charities, Receivership, Fundraising, Corporate Donations and Easements, Sacramental Life Churches, Inc. (2018-Present); Content Writer, Social Media Director, Steward of Charity and Outreach, Sacramental Life Churches (2016-Present); Legal Assistant, Client Coordinator, Compliance Director, Law Office of Matthew S. Pappas (2017-2019); Writer, Author, Poet, Songwriter, Publisher, Owner, ASCAP (1995-2019); Actor, Film & Television, SAG-AFTRA (1987-2019); Manager, Counselor, Recovery Coach, Genesis Sober Living for Men (2012-2014); Graphic Designer/Production Artist, Adix Creative (1995-2005)

Brent David Fraser, Founder and Leader of the Sacramental Life Churches, Inc., has been recognized as a Marquis Emerging Leader for their contributions and achievements in the fields of cannabis and spirituality.

Attributing his success to never giving up, Mr. Fraser gravitated toward his accomplished role as a leader in cannabis religion during a transitional phase in his life. Following a divorce, he was overcome with existential questions and, upon reflection, came to realize that people and how they do things can’t be changed. Naturally introspective as an artist and musician, he thought a lot about himself, where he may have been wrong, and what he could improve in the future. He reached the conclusion that he wasn’t living his life in the best way, and instead shifted his focus on what he could be doing for others. He then began writing for the Law Offices of Matthew S. Pappas, a Washington-based firm belonging to a childhood friend who solely represents medical marijuana patients. It was there that he became involved in the legal side of cannabis as a medication and a grandiose idea came to him.

Wanting to focus on the healing aspects of cannabis—physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual—Mr. Fraser believed it should be accessible to people who could use it to better soothe themselves, including those with cancer, Parkinson’s disease patients, children with autism, and veterans. He strived to make this type of healing available to everybody and decided that in order to help others, he would establish Sacramental Life Churches, Inc., a nonprofit founded in 2016 whose mission is to provide members with “spiritual counsel in conjunction with Sacramental Cannabis and its healing properties” and strengthen communities it serves. Under a conditional use permit granted by the city of Gardena, the institution stands alone in the United States as a cannabis church free and clear of any legal interference or intervention. The cannabis ministry and its impact on healing and peace—as well as its contributions to school and clothing drives—have helped him find his purpose in life.

In addition to serving as the content writer, social media director, Steward of Charity and Outreach, and executor of charities, receivership, fundraising, and corporate donations and easements at Sacramental Life Churches, Mr. Fraser has been active as the personal, spiritual, and creativity development coach at Fraser at Your Service since 2018 and founder and Steward of Charitable Outreach at Natural Healing Church of the Holy Redeemer in Seattle. Prior to establishing his place of worship, he built an impressive career as a SAG-AFTRA actor whose resume spans 30 years and several films and TV shows, such as “The Outer Limits,” “Wild Orchid II: Two Shades of Blue,” “Broken Vessels,” “Tall as Trees,” “Dark Side of Genius,” and David Lynch’s “Wild at Heart,” among many others. At the beginning of his career, after a year of coursework at the North Carolina School of the Arts, he was a prominent performer with The Group Theatre and appeared in various plays, including “Tamer of Horses” and “Tracers.” In the midst of his acting work, he served as a graphic designer and production artist for Adix Creative from 1995 to 2005; a manager, counselor, and recovery coach at Genesis Sober Living for Men from 2012 to 2014; and a writer, author, poet, songwriter, and owner within the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers from 1995 to 2019.

Looking toward the future, Mr. Fraser hopes that Sacramental Life Churches expands and even eventually has their own Vatican. He says of his new chapter, “My questions about my life turned from ‘What’s in it for me?’ to ‘How can I help?’”

Sacramental Life Churches


Larry Ray Rodgers


Title: Provisional Elder / Board of Directors

Company: United Methodist Church Northwest Texas Conference

Location: Snyder, TX

Education: MA, in Divinity Asbury Theological Seminary (2018)

Career History: Provisional Elder United Methodist Church Northwest Texas Conference (2018-Present);

Board of Directors Kairos Prison Ministry International (1998-present);

Type of Business: Religious Services

Larry Ray Rodgers, Provisional Elder/Board of Directors for the United Methodist Church Northwest Texas Conference, has been recognized as a Marquis Emerging Leader for their contributions and achievements in the field of religious services.

For more than two decades, Reverend Rodgers has provided ministry services to communities across Texas. He currently preaches at two churches, and is dedicated to sharing his faith with prison inmates. Reverend Rodgers believes he was on the wrong path in life before he heard the call of Jesus and became a minister. He feels his parents instilled a scene of compassion in him. In 2018, he earned a Master of Arts, in Divinity Asbury Theological Seminary. He is a Certified Chaplin with the Texas Department of Corrections. In addition to his service with the United Methodist Church Northwest Texas Conference, he serves on the Board of Directors of the Kairos Prison Ministry International.

Looking toward the future, Reverend Rodgers Larry hopes to still be a pastor and work with inmates. He believes God knows the way for you to prosper and have peace and endeavors to share that message. In addition to his work in ministry, he serves as a United Way volunteer. His hobbies include being with his family and spending time fishing. He credits the success in his career to having many mentors who inspired him and his faith in God.

Reverend Rodgers is happily married to his wife Lillie and together they have two songs and a daughter, and six grandchildren. He has been greatly supported by his parents, James and Bobbie and was born in Dallas, Texas. In addition, he is published among Who’s Who in America.

Pastor Oliver L. Guilford


Title: Preacher

Company: Moving with Jesus Ministries

Location: Perdido Beach, Alabama, United States

Career History: Preacher, Moving with Jesus Ministries International, 1976-Present;

Owner, Guilford Trucking, 1991-2010

Oliver L. Guilford, Preacher of Moving with Jesus Ministries, has been recognized as a Marquis Emerging Leader for their contributions and achievements in the field of religious services.

Pastor Guilford became involved in his profession of ministry in order to assist families that are moving and offered consultation services to the drivers. It serves in helping people to build a relationship with the Lord. He realized that moving is such a monumental change in people’s lives, and as exciting this change could be, it can also be filled with uncertainty. He launched Moving with Jesus Ministries in 1976 and has been helping families in transition ever since.

In addition to helping families during their times of transition, Pastor Guilford was able to identify and address their needs in more ways than just spiritual. He founded, owned and operated Guilford Trucking from 1991 to 2010 and has been able to use his experience as a preacher, teacher and business operator in all facets of his life and career. Above all his accomplishments, Pastor Guilford’s career highlight that stood out the most is being a preacher of the Gospel and a man of God, who has a great desire to love people the way the Lord does.

Pastor Guilford selfish work has also been recognized during his time with the U.S. Army. He served for more than 12 years and received a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star. In five years, Pastor Guilford endeavors to continue doing what the Lord planned for him; to continue preaching his word to others, and to grow the ministry. His only plan is to serve his Father in whatever capacity he wants to use him. Most optimistically, he sees a lot of travel in his future as a sign of better things to come.

Rev. Darryl Allen Tate


Title: Reverend

Company: United Methodist Church

Location: Baton Rouge, LA

Education:  MA, Master of Divinity, Louisiana State University, Perkins School of Theology, Fairfax, 1993; BA, Theology, Southern Methodist University

Career History: Multiple Line Insurance, Ourso Insurance & Financial Service, Incorporated, LA, 2018 – present; Pastor, Rayville United Methodist Church, 2012 – present; President/CEO, Louisiana United Methodist Church Disaster Incorporated, 2005 – present; Pastor, Louisiana Conference of the United Methodist Church, 1978 – present;

Type of Business: Religious Services

Darryl AllenTate, Reverend at the United Methodist Church, has been recognized as a Marquis Emerging Leader for their contributions and achievements in the field of faith and religious services.

Rev. Tate got his calling to the ministry when he was 12 years old. He was able to start in his first church at 17 years old. On Palm Sunday in 1972, he was confirmed in the church and baptized. By Easter of that year, he had a burning desire to preach the word of Christ. At that time, Rev. Tate’s pastor, Robert Crislow, became his mentor, and took him under his wing, and by age 14, he had his own set of keys to the church. He furthered explored the teachings of his faith by earning a Bachelor of Arts in theology from Southern Methodist University. He continued at the Perkins School of Theology at Louisiana State University to receive a Master of Arts and Master of Divinity in 1993.

In Rev. Tate’s line of work, he is focused on evangelism, building relationships and teaching. Attributing his success to God and his family, he further illuminates that “God did it all….” He had great parents and great support throughout his life. Since 1978, Rev. Tate has been a pastor at the Louisiana Conference of the United Methodist Church. He became the president and CEO of the Louisiana Methodist Church Disaster Incorporated in 2005, and in 2012 became a pastor for the Rayville United Methodist Church. In addition to his faith-based work, Rev. Tate has worked with multiple lie insurance with Ourso Insurance & Financial Service, Incorporated since 2018.

Recognized for his abilities in providing faith and evangelism services to his community, Rev. Tate has received several accolades. These accounts of achievement include the Harry Dinmin Evangelist Award in 2016 and the Preacher of the Year Award from the Louisiana Moral Civic Foundation in 1992. In his spare time, he spends time in his civic duties with St. Jude, the Heart Association and the Susan B. Komen Foundation. He maintains membership with Kiwanis International and was previously a president of Rotary Club International. Furthermore, Rev. Tate has been involved with the 32nd Degree Mason, as a Master Mason of the Lodge and as a state chaplain for the Masons. He served as a high school football official for 16 years.