Ken Scrubbs

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Ken Scrubbs is a pastor, leader, humanitarian, and educational activist. He was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and graduated from Grambling State University in Grambling, Louisiana.[1] He is known for his model projects in service delivery.

Ken has served as a Panelist for the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiative Conference, addressing Florida’s High Risk Youth. He also Served as Chairman of The State of Florida Drop-Out Prevention Task Force after being appointed by Department of Education Commissioner John Wynn. He was appointed by Governor Charlie Crist as Board Member to New Florida Disaster Relief Recovery Fund, and as a Member of the One Church One Child Board.

Ken has also partnered with the School System to provide faith-based mentors to nearly 700 at-risk elementary, middle and high school students. Of these, 150 come to The Genesis Center campus; while 550 students are assisted on school campuses. The youths from troubled neighborhoods near the campus also receive academic support which includes math, reading, history and science, assistance in test-taking and technology. The Genesis Center employs social development skills which include an emphasis on character, commitment, conflict resolution and anger management.[2]

Biography[edit]

He has received many national, State and community recognitions and meritorious awards. He was awarded the United States Attorney General Volunteer Award In Washington D.C. as the Nation’s Volunteer of the year for his work in Federal Prisons.[3] He received Special Congressional Recognition by United States Senator Bill Nelson for service in the community.[4] He received the Distinguished Service Award from the Department of Criminal Justice.[5] He was selected by the Florida Monthly Magazine as One of Twenty-two most Intriguing Floridians who excels in service to others. He is also featured in the author of Purpose Driven Life, Rick Warren’s Ministry Toolbox for his extraordinary work in prisons.

Ken is the Cultural Community Relations Pastor of First Baptist Church in Leesburg, Florida.[6] Ken is a ministry coordinator in Leesburg. He is also the director of The Micah Project (Mentoring Children),[5] 21st Century Learning Initiative (after school tutoring)[7] and the Lake County Neighborhood Accountability Board and Peer Mediation Programs through the Department of Juvenile Justice.[8] He conducts weekly Purpose Driven Life classes at Coleman Federal Prison, which is the largest Federal Prison in the United States. Ken is also the head administrator/visionary of The Genesis Center, which seeks to meet the needs of the community through education and mentoring.

Ken has been married to Linda for 36 years, and he is the father of three college graduates Cymonda, April and James.

Scrubbs founded the Genesis Center.[9] The Genesis Center began as an after-school mentoring program, but has grown to be much more. The Genesis Center serves the under-privileged in the community through mentoring, and tutoring. The Genesis Center offers programs for the entire community regardless of age. From the tutoring and after-school program catered for elementary kids, all the way up to GED classes and scholarships for those seeking to enter college from the community.[10]

Awards[edit]

He has received various awards including:

  • The Governor’s Mentor of the Year. (Best Practice Model) in the state of Florida 2003.[11]
  • Distinguished Service Award for the Department of Criminal Justice.[5]
  • Received the United States Attorney General Volunteer Award In Washington D. C for the Nation's Volunteer of the Year for His work in the Federal Prison system 6/2006[3]
  • Awarded the Special Congressional Recognition Award by United States Senator Bill Nelson[4]
  • Runner-up for the Florida Department of Education Community Leader of the Year Award[citation needed]
  • Selected by the Florida Monthly Magazine as One of Twenty-two most Intriguing Floridians who excels in service to others.[citation needed]
  • Appointed by Department of Education Commissioner John Wynn as Chairman of The State of Florida Drop-Out Prevention Task Force[citation needed]
  • Appointed By Governor Charlie Crist to the New Florida Disaster Relief Recovery Fund[12]
  • Appointed by the Governor Charlie Christ One Church One Child Board[13]
  • Appointed Board member Lawton Chiles Leadership Corps "Worst to First"[13]
  • Awarded Point of Light Award by the Governor Charlie Crist[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Donald, David (12 April 2009). "Many have found inspiration through the resurrection". Daily Commercial. Archived from the original on 24 July 2012. Retrieved 11 May 2012.
  2. ^ Hannigan, Joni; Denman, Barbara (16 April 2010). "Reaching people for Jesus outside the church walls". Florida Baptist Witness. Retrieved 6 October 2013.
  3. ^ a b Giordano, Christine (13 February 2007). "Minister to take lead in recovery". Star-Banner. 64 (167). p. 1A. Retrieved 14 September 2014.
  4. ^ a b "Crist Announces Florida Disaster Recovery Fund" (PDF). Florida Department of Veterans' Affairs. 9 February 2007. Retrieved 11 May 2012.
  5. ^ a b c "Mentoring - The Genesis Center". Lifetothemax.info. Retrieved 11 May 2012.
  6. ^ "Leadership". First Baptist Church Leesbur. Archived from the original on 3 September 2013. Retrieved 6 October 2013.
  7. ^ "Expanded Learning Supporters". Expandinglearning.org. Retrieved 6 October 2013.
  8. ^ Jennings, Rosalind (2 July 2005). "Making them men". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved 6 October 2013.
  9. ^ "History - The Genesis Center". Lifetothemax.info. Retrieved 11 May 2012.
  10. ^ "About Us The Genesis Center". Lifetothemax.info. Retrieved 6 October 2013.
  11. ^ Roesel, Charles L. (2014). It's a God Thing. ANEKO Press. |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  12. ^ "About Us". Florida's Foundation. Archived from the original on 30 May 2012. Retrieved 11 May 2012.
  13. ^ a b Koonce, Amanda (14 April 2004). "Mentor Honored For Excellence". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved 10 April 2004.
  14. ^ "Governor Crist Names Ken Scrubbs of FruitlandPark as Governor's Point of Light for." AmericanTowns.com. 11 February 2010. Retrieved 11 May 2012.