Yvonne Penton. Is a graduate of Detroit College of Business with a bachelor and Associates Degree in Business Administration. She also holds an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education from International Correspondent School – Scranton, PA. She has done extensive graduate work at Oral Roberts University, in Christian school administration/Counseling. Mrs. Penton is President and Founder of The House of Esther, Maternity Care Center and current Chair-person of the Board.
Yvonne has worked with children as the Children Minister (Elder) at the Kingdom of Heaven Ministries, a non-denominational Full Gospel, and Word of Faith Church. Yvonne served for the past 15 years as the Program Director for G.C.C.A.R.D. (Genesee County Community Action Resource Department) in the Neighborhood Service center and Director Of the Commodities Distribution Programs. She has successfully administered these programs and several others that had an annual budget of 6 million dollar per year. Yvonne spent 12 years as a pregnancy Crisis counselor with The Answer Center for Women. She was the Executive Director of Haven of Hope and IMPACT Pregnancy center where she helped both churches open and counsel pregnant women in crisis. In this position she was able to help save the lives of the unborn.
She is married to Lutullus Penton Jr. and they have two children, a daughter, Daricka Evans (who has four sons) and a son, Lutullus the 3rd, who has twin sons and one daughter, making her grandparents of six grand-sons, one grand-daughter, and seven great-grand children. Her hobbies are gardening and cooking, reading and teaching. Yvonne taught leadership skills to adolescence for the Urban League of Flint and sat on the Educational program board of The National Urban League. She taught the Bible classes at both pregnancy centers and taught New Members Bible class at the Kingdom of Heaven Ministry.
Mrs. Penton was the first African American Director of Flint-Black American for Life to open and run a successful Pregnancy Crisis center in Genesee County. Here in her first year under her leadership the center raised over $10,000.00 at their first fundraiser with the support of National Pro-life Leader Yolanda King the niece of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr for the center.
Lori Davis is the mother of six children and grandmother of five. Lori has been involved in community ministries for over 25 years. She began teaching Preschool children at Kingdom Academy in 1990 and went on to teach chapel to students in multiple grades. Even though she has no formal education other than high school, she was able to lead the outreach ministry department at her church, which included supporting the substance abuse program director.
Through her involvement in the community she became a teacher of life management skills for incarcerated youth at the Genesee Valley Juvenile Detention Center, and subsequently worked with the Family Court to assist with follow up services upon release. She was involved in the Forgotten Man Ministries program through the Michigan Sheriffs Department and ministered to the women at the Genesee County jail. As her exposure to the needs of the community grew, she became a program director of the Road to Success and Flint Healthcare Employment Initiatives through FACED, which was one of the first faith based community agencies in the Genesee County area.
Lori has been a Community Liaison for Gentiva Hospice for the past 8 years and has extensive knowledge of community resource management.
Lutullus S. Penton Jr. Is a graduate of the University of Michigan and has a Masters Degree in American Culture. He also holds a Bachelors Degree From the University of Michigan in American History, with a double minor in Urban Studies and African, African American Studies. He has done extensive graduate work at Oral Roberts University, in Christian school administration and Education, and at the University of Phoenix, in Business Administration. Mr. Penton is a founding board member of the Fredrick Douglas Foundation of Michigan, and current Secretary.
Lutullus was born and raised in Flint, Michigan. He is a Graduate of Flint Southwestern High School, class of 1967. He then attended the American Baptist Theological Seminary in Nashville Tennessee from 1967-1969. In 1967 he joined S.N.C.C.(Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee), and S.C.L.C. (Southern Christian Leadership Conference) in which Dr. Martin Luther King was then president. Lu was due to meet with Dr. King but unfortunately Dr. king was killed in the week prior to their appointment. Lu worked in the Movement as a civil rights worker, and community organizer.
Lu is a licensed, ordained minister (Elder) at the Kingdom of Heaven Ministries, a non-denominational Full Gospel, Word of Faith Church, where Dr. Lonnie Brown is the Head Pastor. Lu served for the past 14 years up until 2010 as the Program Director for G.C.C.A.R.D. (Genesee County Community Action Resource Department) in the JET/Work First/WIA Programs. He has successfully administered these programs that have an annual budget of between 2 and 5 million dollar per year. He was the first administrator of the Work First program in Genesee County, with the welfare reforms mandated by the Engler Administration in 1996.Most recently, Lu is a founding member of, and vice-president of WinSol Clean Energy, LLC, a company that manufactures and distributes parts for the emerging wind and solar energy industry. Lu is currently employed at Atherton High School as a Substitute teacher and a Para-Pro for Special needs students.
Lu is the immediate past Chairman of the Fifth Congressional District of the Republican Party, he has served on State Committee, and Executive Committee. Lu worked as a substitute teacher at various Flint schools with the Flint board of Education and in Mott Adult High School. Lu then spent 7 years as a health care administrator at Hamilton Family Health Center and worked at various local human service agencies.
He is married to Yvonne Penton and they have two children, a daughter, Daricka Evans (who has four sons) and a son, Lutullus the 3rd, who has twin sons and one daughter, giving Mr. Penton Jr. a total of six grand-sons, one grand-daughter, and two great-grand daughters. His hobbies are creative writing (stage and movie scripts, songs, poetry), acting, cinematography, historical research, and eschatology. He teaches the Book of Revelation at Kings College located in the church where he attends. He also enjoys, running, working out, boxing, and music. (Lu plays a number of musical instruments). Mr. Penton is the first Black member of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 24-02, where he attained the rank of Commander. He is certified to inspect vessels on the Great Lakes for sea worthiness and maritime law compliance.
Floyd L. Mills started in Real-Estate in 2000, two years after moving to Michigan. He started out as a laborer for Westminster and Abby Homes located in Southfield, MI. Knowing nothing about this business, but was a fast learner. In 2001, he moved from laborer to punch man (inspector) in 2003, moved from inspector to superintendent assistant, and in 2004, was hired as a superintendent, all self-taught with the Wisdom of the Lord Jesus Christ,
Before being laid off in 2006, he felt God telling him to buy houses. Again, he did not know how to fix houses, but very shortly, had 18 rental homes and a 8 unit apartment building with the Lord leading and guiding him. Any repair work he did himself along with some hired help for plumbing, electrical, drywall, flooring, etc.Today, he is a real estate investor, seminar teacher, and a real estate agent for the State of Michigan and still a landlord. Floyd’s gifts are in leadership and administration and teaching. He also spent 5 years in prison, but came out doing all the work of the Lord Jesus Christ who he attributes to transforming him into a successful business person.
Adriene K. Everleigh
Kemi Peters was born into a Muslim family in Nigeria. In high school, her chemistry teacher who was a Christian introduced her to the Lord Jesus Christ and she accepted Christ at a full gospel meeting after she got gloriously filled with the Holy Spirit. She is an occupational therapist by training. She teaches social etiquette to young and old. She and her husband are both ordained as Elders. Kemi is married to Okien Peters for 10+ years.
Kemi Peters, OTR/L, is an HCPC and MRTB Registered Occupational Therapist and developed her clinical and managerial skills in this field of work. She specializes in the treatment of adult and children. She has worked in both community and educational settings and in both mainstream and special schools. Most of her work has been with adult, children and young people who are physically disabled, have a learning disability, neurology, acquired brain injury, orthopedic conditions stroke and long term neurological conditions, mental health disorders or who are on the autism spectrum.
She qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 2002 and has gained significant experience of assessing and treating both adults and children with a wide range of physical disabilities and psychiatric disorders. This work has been conducted in the NHS, private and charitable sectors, both in the UK and Abroad. She has gained experienced in the areas of pediatrics, focusing on the treatment of premature infants; babies and toddlers in early interventions; and children in public and private school programs as well as Forensic Mental Health, Acute Surgery / Medical and Elderly Rehabilitation.
Kemi has been an Occupational Therapist for over 13 years’ she has experience of helping people improve their ability to perform tasks in their daily living and working environments. She has being working with individuals who have conditions that are mentally, physically, developmentally or emotionally halting, helping them to develop, regain and maintain daily living and work skills. Her experience is not only in helping clients improve their basic motor functions and reasoning abilities, but also to compensate for permanent loss of function with a goal of helping clients regain independent, productive, and satisfying lives.
Kemi and her husband are supporters of right to life and other charity organization both here and overseas.
Minister Andre Strater is a veteran of the United States Air Force. He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan and a Master's degree from Marygrove College. He taught high school business and accounting in the Flint public schools for 10 years. Mr. Strater is an accountant with over 20 years of non-profit and for-profit experience. He is currently a Finance Specialist with Genesee County.
Sandra Booth is a native of Flint, Michigan. She graduated from Spring Arbor University with a B.A. in Family Life Education, along with being specially trained in grief and loss counseling. She has worked in the greater Flint community for over twenty-five years, having given her services in over a dozen agencies and social programs including Mott Children’s Health Center, Whaley’s Children Center, Alternatives for Children, and DHS. In addition, she worked for over thirteen years with parenting teen moms and at risk youth at Mott Children’s Health Center in the Behavioral Department, along with several other programs which includes Girls on the Edge of Greatness, Project SEEK.
Just before accepting her full-time position at Catholic Charities, where she currently works as a Preventions Specialist, Sandra worked a year-long position in the Continuations Program with duties consisting of case management, home visiting, and providing transportation when needed for prenatal appointments. Sandra credits her strong background in working with families, youth, and her Christian faith in being a guiding light in all she strives to do in her profession.
Sandra's ultimate goal in life has always been to provide for needy families and individuals with as much support as needed, along with strengthening her community with all the know-how and resources she possesses. Sandra will continue to work hard to provide for the people around her, fueled by her compassionate nature and love and faith in her God.
Lutullus Penton, Jr.
Chairman of the Board
The House of Esther is a 501c non-profit tax-exempt charitable corporation
Board Administrative Secretary
Adriene K. Everleigh is Co-Chairman of the Board of Directors. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Western Michigan University and a Master’s Degree in Counseling & Personnel from Heidelberg College in Tiffin, Ohio. She has worked extensively with child protective services, foster care and adoptions and with teens, providing crisis intervention and life skills programming. Adriene is a practicing Life Coach and a Certified Civil and Domestic Court Mediator. She brings to the Board 29 years of community service advocacy with a focus on teens and young mothers. She is a wealth of knowledge and an experienced social service program director. She has a special interest in advocating for the House of Esther mothers as she has seen many young mothers lose custody of their children to the foster care system because they were without housing, family or community supports.
Greg’s parents were farmers. Greg is married and the father of 6 children from ages 37 to 11. He is the grandfather of 4 grandsons and 1 granddaughter.
Greg was born in Lapeer, MI; growing up in a farming community. He has four siblings. Greg Graduated from Davison School.
Greg Ranney chose to utilize his faith and the principles of entrepreneurship when he found himself a single parent. He became successful by using these and life skills that contributed to a permanent mindset that now benefits not only his family but others through self-employment.
Greg brings to us the gift and the ability to relate to others in their situations. His compassion and interest is helping everyone he can to improve their lives.Greg will share with our moms from a father’s point of view…effective parenting skills.
Greg Lee Ranney
Lutullus Penton III was born in Flint, MI 1981 the younger of two children to the parents of Lutullus and Yvonne Penton. Lutullus is the only son .His father and his grandfather, in addition to sharing the name of his father and grandfather, all three were the only sons, all three were musicians…Lu added to his family history by learning classical jazz piano.
Lutullus graduated with honors from Genesee Christian in Burton MI he earned the Urban League youth Award in 1999, for excellent performance in athletics, academics (GPA 3.0) and youth leadership serving his community.
Lutullus received a literary scholarship from Zeta Phi Beta Sorority. Lutullus continued to receive recognition for his athletic skills earning MVP’s from Summer Basketball camps and other various achievements in Basketball as well as Track and soccer specifically. He was Member of the Canusa Games in 1996 for Track and Field (1600 meter) under Lu’s Leadership at Genesee Christian High School basketball he led his team to a Regional District champs with a school record 18-2 as the starting point guard and co-captain.
Lutullus attended (Historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, Al. (1999) studying Biology and Communications, while attending the University Lu was involved in writing and poetry slams, and Arts/music. Lu has successfully held positions in Direct -sales and Customer service for over 8-10 yrs., of experience. Lu involved in Coaching Youth Basketball teams as the head coach and also the assistant coach as Travel/Camp youth athletic where I gained skills, development knowledge.
Currently Lutullus is a Recruit/Scout at www.getmerecruited.com Lu created a personal blog site atwww.lutellussports.sportsblog.com Lutullus created a publishing company in 2015 Supreme Connections Team SCT org. Currently Lutullus is employed with Eastbay/Footlocker.com headquarters in Wausau, Wisconsin.
Currently serves as the Secretary of the board of House of Esther-Maternity Care Center Corporation.