Dr. Kathy is the president and CEO of Business Empowered Mississippi formerly Empowering Progressive Women's Association. BE MS merged with EPWA in July 2019 and has joined forces with Business Empowered, Destin, FL to impact the state of Mississippi and advance God's kingdom in the marketplace. Dr. Kathy along with her husband Joe are currently the National Titleholder and reigning Mrs. Black America Sr. 2019. She is the co-founder for Turning Point Felllowship Ministries International and executie director for Turning Point Community Development of Mississippi . Dr. Kathy is an author, certified coach, speaker and trainer with the John Maxwell Team. Dr. Kathy's 15+ years of experience as a senior pastor and a coach gives her the leverage to connect and add value to spiritual leaders as well as marketplace leaders. Having honored over 250 men and women in the past five years, Dr. Kathy has been recognized throughout the state of Mississippi by city, state and governmental entities as the women who honors others. She is the wife of Joe R. Amos, founder of Turning Point Fellowship Ministries International. Together they share the parenting of 15 children and 33 grandchildren. They are well known in the community for their servant leadership in hosting the annual "Blessing Canton Week", a citywide transformational revival created to bring souls to Christ and bring together churches of all denoninamtions and community leaders. They have given more than $2000.00 to the City of Canton, MS in efforts to help families in need. They have also donated hundreds of dollars and school uniforms to underpriviledged students in the Canton Public School District. Her philosophy is "Everything rises and falls on leadership". -John C. Maxwell
Mel and Mona Ponder began Business Empowered with a vision for impacting business leaders and individuals to exemplify and advance the Kingdom of God in their workplace and community through Godly principles.
They each have over 20 years experience in owning, managing and operating businesses, and have a keen understanding of the unique challenges and lifestyle demands business people face. They have worked with Fortune 500 companies, achieving national recognition for results. In addition, Mel has 8 years experience in government, which furthers his understanding of today’s business challenges. Most importantly, Mel and Mona each possess over 12 years of ministry leadership. This combination of experience in both ministry and the marketplace makes Mel and Mona Ponder uniquely qualified to provide vision, leadership, and expertise to help Business Empowered Members improve their results and impact their communities.
Mel and Mona are actively involved in church and community, and have served on the Board of Directors for multiple Ministries. They have been married for 27 years and are raising 3 children in Northwest Florida.
Drs. Joseph & Kathy are known a the power couple who loves the Lord and his people. Dr. Joseph has been in ministry for the past forty-one years. He has trained, equipped, licensed, ordained and commisioned many leaders to function in their God-ordained office and ministry gifts. They recently turned their church over to their spiritual daughter and successor Clara Thompson to pursue other endeavors in ministry and business including pursuing their doctorate degrees in ministry. They travel from city to city and state to state spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ, teaching, coaching, training and equipping marketplace leaders. Their passion is helping others to have a succesful journey.