Meet Our Executive Team

V. Elizabeth Perkins


When Elizabeth shares her excitement for God’s call on her life, she says, “Looking back over my life I see how God’s hand has brought me to this time and place. This represents not only where we are in our own lives, but where we want to take others as well.” Whether she is guiding you through the intricacies of establishing and managing your own foundation or helping you establish a youth ministry or mentoring program, Elizabeth brings passion and purpose to your mission. Elizabeth has spent time in Africa ministering and serving with the Navigators.  Her goal is simple yet profound:  Helping next generations encounter & follow Jesus to bless a broken world.

To inquire about our Mission Team, Internship opportunities, Children/Adult Programs, Good News Club, Girls & Boys Fun Club, Summer Arts Camp and Branding.

Contact Elizabeth:


phone: 601-238-2073

Priscilla Perkins (M.Ed., cPl)


Priscilla founded Harambee Preparatory School and served as its first headmaster. She traveled and researched private school models around the country and developed an inner-city Christian school that has become a model itself. Priscilla specializes in the social foundations of education and cognitive development of children. Priscilla also has experience in family law and legal research. Spending her whole life in ministry as a preacher’s kid (the 7th child of John Perkins), Priscilla has important stories to tell. Ask for her if you are interested in starting a Christian school or need to improve your school, or want to hear interesting stories from a PK.

To inquire about Dr. John M. Perkins’ schedule, Intellectual Property, Sisters Speaking, Adopt a House sponsorship and the Perkins Institute.

Contact Priscilla:


phone: 601-238-4090

twitter: @PriscillaPerk17

Deborah Perkins

Deborah is crack filler of the Perkins Foundation. She manages the business office and is committed to improving our systems and processes in the area of property management, grant writing, lawn care, local college & church outreach, web developer, wholistic health & wellness, community economics, editing, IT +.

Think win-win. It’s rewarding for you to give back and simultaneously receive joy. Pass it forward to your church, college, friend, associate. Let’s form synergy.

For health and insight, Deb benefit from swimming, chess, meditative prayer, fasting & recruiting volunteers.

To inquire about serving with our operational team and speaking availability.

Contact Deborah:

email: or

phone: 601-503-0374

Chris Cannon

Consulting Team – West Coast Office

Chris serves at the lead for our West Coast office. A native of Southern California, Chris was introduced to Dr. Perkins at Harambee in 1991 and has been mentored by since then. A church planter and pastor for over 25 years, he has been to Jackson countless times. His passion is to connect churches to the Justice Pilgrimage so that the mission and vision of JVMPF can spread to the West Coast. If you would like to talk about getting your church involved with social justice and the gospel, he would love to hear from you!

Contact Chris:

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Gabriel Gordon

Mission Coordinator

Gabriel has a deep love for the Perkins Foundation. Gabriel grew up in West Jackson and was the first youth to participate in the first after school program. Gabriel has had the joy of serving through our Jr. Internship and Internship ministry. He is also currently in the army reserve. Gabriel manages all elements of volunteering with our mission teams and is committed to integrating our various activities for the greatest effectiveness in bringing glory to God.

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Jazarion Bailey

Outreach Programs

Jazarion grew up in Jackson, MS. He currently plays a big part in JVMPF youth programs and assists with the mission teams. He works closely with Elizabeth in planning  the youth programs, itineraries and activities. He is also a video technician at New Horizon Church. Jazarion has a heart for God and a heart for the children.


Kay Black


Kay volunteers as a business advisor and helps with accounting needs in our business office. She is a retired CPA and attorney with 40 years of hands on business experience with for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. She feels the Lord has called her to be a part of our ministry at this time in her life.

Contact Kay: