The entire NSPIRE Outreach Atlanta team has been committed to helping empower and fully rehabilitate
those dealing with homelessness, addiction, domestic violence, abuse, neglect, and more. The Leadership
Team from NSPIRE Atlanta tirelessly works for the benefit of every program
I thank god for putting kind hearted, loving, caring people (Gregg..Pam..Jerome) in this world..if
it wasn’t for them, I don’t know where I’d be. I love them. NSPIRE Outreach gets 10stars from me!
The 2016 recipient of the Greater Gwinnet Reentry Alliance’s “Best Ministry” award, NSPIRE Outreach
was officially founded as a church in North Metro Atlanta in 1999. From day one of the church’s
inception, the goal has always been to be more than a weekly meeting for church-goers. The vision of
NSPIRE Outreach in Atlanta and in the Southeast, from founder Gregg Kennard and from all the
foundational leadership at NSPIRE, was to actively enact change on a community that was so desperately
Gregg Kennard is the founder and senior pastor of NSPIRE. His message
is love for God, yourself, and others and carries out that message by serving his community
in practical expressions. Gregg possesses gifts of teaching, music, and leadership and his
best friend is his wife, Pam; they have three daughters: Alex, Abbe, and Anna Marie.
Pam is a tremendous asset to the organization with a number of
multiple purpose roles including: parenting enrichment classes, client financial management,
advocate and school liaison to our children in residence. She has been married to Gregg since
1991, holds their family of five together, and they founded NSPIRE in 1999.
New Orleans is the home of Terrence who relocated after Katrina in
2005. Since, 2016, he has been serving NSPIRE as a certified addiction counselor and his
overall career in addiction therapy spans over 30 years. Terrence is also a racquetball
enthusiast and has a son and daughter.
Tanya is a retired Army Captain with a bachelor’s in psychology and
she earned her M.A. in business. As a peer specialist, she brings her personal experience to
our clients with great empathy and compassion. She was born in raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
and has a daughter and son. Tanya provides many practical services to the program including
teaching the financial literacy curriculum. She started with NSPIRE in 2017.
Born in Trinidad and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Britto came to NSPIRE
Atlanta in 2017, and has never looked back to his former life of substance abuse and
homelessness. Britto believes full rehabilitation takes having God in your life, getting the
right help and influences, and making the choice to change. He enjoys waking up every day and
not worrying where his next meal is coming from. Perhaps this quote sums up Britto’s experience
best: “Two years ago I was pushing shopping carts. Now I’m driving a Jaguar.”
J’tone Jackson Graduated, with an Honors in Art, from Eagles Landing High
School and went to Savannah College of Art and Design. Having suffered with untreated mental
health issues, J’tone battled seasons of homelessness. He came to NSPIRE Outreach as a client in
2016, found the support he needed to address his diagnosis, and now has become an effective
staff member and strong advocate for clients with similar struggles. He is a certified NAMI
support groups facilitator.
Marlo came to NSPIRE in 2016 after becoming homeless due to years of
alcoholism. With the encouragement, structure, and support of the NSPIRE program, she has
remained sober, reconnected with her family, and enrolled in online classes. Marlo is currently
pursuing a Bachelors's degree in Addictions Counseling, inspired by her NSPIRE community and
staff. She credits the spiritual guidance along with self-empowering counseling which has
enabled her to change the direction of her life as well as repair her relationship with her
Chelsea Johnson is a goal-setting individual who is accomplishing new things every day, all while creating a better life for herself. Her road to recovery has been a healthy one, and she remains actively intent on keeping it that way. Her current life focus is built around her education, her career, and about maintaining her healthy, recovered lifestyle. Chelsea is proud to be continually making good choices, so that she and her children can have the best life possible.
Like many people who assist others in recovery from addictions, Peter Shepherd’s desire to help stems from his own personal recovery story. His path to recovery began with treatment, followed by time spent in a sober-living home, and most of his work with others in recovery has been based around sober-living homes. He has worked with men from 17 years old to 70 years old from every different walk of life imaginable. Peter offers a wealth of experience that will surely prove to be of great value to the entire NSPIRE Outreach family.
Alex Alvarado claims two major life missions: firstly, to be an advocate for God, and secondly, to always find the good in people. Alex is able to exercise all his life missions at NSPIRE Outreach on a daily basis, as he helps clients meet their daily needs, such as transportation, clothing, medical appointments, and other requests. Alex is determined to create a bigger, better, brighter future full of impact, achievement, and forgiveness. In the words of Lily Tomlin, Alex believes “forgiveness means giving up all hope for a better past.” Instead, Alex hopes to help people focus on their future, and who they can become.
Angie Mathis’ journey with NSPIRE Outreach began in April of 2016, when she was accepted into the program after dealing with long bouts of depression (from dealing with many lost loved ones) and homelessness. After years of trying to find shortcuts to her healing process, Angie discovered the ability to focus on self-development, discipline, compassion, and having the patience to heal. Angie hopes to relay the principles she has learned at NSPIRE to others who are in need of help, hope, and life transformation, all while continuing her education in Computer Science.
Pastor Gregg Kennard is dedicated to helping individuals get off the streets and into a new life.
tirelessly works every day to encourage, educate and inspire every member of his program to become
the person that God intended.
The NSPIRE Outreach leadership felt that even though there were many ministries dedicated to
sheltering the homeless, there was a remarkable need for something that would help END homelessness
the myriad of other issues that always seemed to fuel a person’s homeless condition. That is why
Outreach officially developed the NSPIRE Launch (13 Weeks), NSPIRE Life (6 Months), and HOPE for
Domestic Violence (1 Year) programs, beginning in 2007.
Gregg Kennard is a phenomenal awesome man of God and although I'm only an employee of NSPIRE
outreach through his example and Christlike love to all those who he encourages and helps has been a
huge help to me as well and has had an amazing impact on my life. EXCELLENT PROGRAM! I would
encourage anyone who needs the help of this program to not hesitate.
Since the launch of these programs, thousands of people have been empowered to escape situations of
homelessness, substance abuse, domestic violence, and more. NSPIRE Outreach boasts one of the highest
percentages of completely rehabilitated program participants in the country. But those people would
be reached without the foresight, guidance, and tireless labor from the NSPIRE Atlanta
As a homeless man back in august 2008, pastor Gregg took me off the streets and gave me another
chance to be a more positive man again and to better myself.