Have you registered for our FREE Sports Camp?

The John and Vera Mae Perkins Foundation for Justice, Reconciliation & Community Development (JVMPF) along with retired Seattle Mariners professional baseball player, Dan Wilson, is hosting  a two day Sports Sampling Camp. We have teamed up with volunteers from Beyond Borders Baseball and Jackson State to help us put this on. The first day of camp will be focused on Baseball, and the second day will expose participants to a variety of sports.

When: Thursday, June 13 – Friday, June 14, 2024

Where: DAY 1- Robert Braddy Field (Walter Payton Dr. Jackson State University); DAY 2- The John and Vera Mae Perkins Foundation (1831 Robinson Street)

Time: Camp is from 9 am – 3 p.m. (Drop off begins at 8:30)

Who: This camp is for children ages 9-17

If you have a child or know a child interested in learning a new sport, please have them sign up.

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Summer Camp Registration is now Open!

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“A Pilgrimage South: An Up Close Reckoning with Our Nation’s History”

The Perkins Justice Pilgrimage is featured in this article. One member shares her journey toward understanding, reconciliation, and Biblical wholeness.

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Emmy Nominated Film

“Reconciliation Tour”

filmed in West Jackson

The Perkins Baseball Camp and partnership with Baseball Beyond Borders is the subject of the film, which was nominated for an Emmy and is now available for streaming to an audience of 44 million on Alaska Airlines. Watch today and help us continue to Inspire The Good!


Perkins Justice Pilgrimage

Applications are now open for Fall 2023
Join us for life-changing dialogue, engaging bible study, and immersive learning experiences about reconciliation and justice. A spiritual pilgrimage that looks back to embrace our past and insists that our now is not separate from our then.

How Do We Respond?

Our country has been racked by upheaval and unrest as we have been confronted by the long-reaching effects of racism in the form of police brutality, mass incarceration, and discrimination. In response to our nation’s crisis, many in the church have asked the question of “how do we respond as Christians to the injustices that we see today?” The problems that we are reckoning with seem so complex and deep rooted, which can paralyze us into inaction. However, we believe that the church has a responsibility to confront evil and injustice in all of its forms as a witness to the character of the God that we follow.

This conviction that God calls us to confront injustice has guided our ministry in underserved communities over the last 60 years. It has driven us to also equip and empower Christians who share our vision to pursue biblical justice and reconciliation in their own communities. We want to be an example and to provide resources to help answer the questions that Christians have about how they can confront injustice today. We have highlighted resources that Christians can use to learn more about the realities of racism and injustice, the Biblical basis of justice and reconciliation, and practical ways that they can start being a part of the solution. Check out our featured resources page

Putting Faith into Action


We are dedicated to making an impact by developing young leaders in our community, but we need your help in our youth program. Call now to find out how you can impact a life!


Urban communities have been decimated by instability and poor housing for decades, which has affected the lives of families. We want to restore communities by providing stable housing through the Zechariah 8 program.


We seek to equip today’s generation for the ministry of reconciliation in a time of division. Come with us on a pilgrimage to learn about the history and theology behind biblical reconciliation so that you can become an agent of change.

Come Volunteer!

There are a variety of opportunities for volunteerism at The John & Vera Mae Perkins Foundation. Volunteering is a powerful way of sharing your God-given talents and gifts to impact and improve the lives of others. We have youth programs, housing projects, mission projects and more. If you have the spirit to serve, then God needs you for His service.

Our History

The John and Vera Mae Perkins philosophy is a community development concept.  It wasn’t developed in a classroom, nor formulated by those foreign to the poor community. Our Biblical principles are practical and evolved from nearly 60 years of living and working among families living in poor communities. (Read more)
Our Co-Presidents and Founders Pictured (Left to Right): Priscilla Perkins, Dr. John M. Perkins, Dr. Vera Mae Perkins, Elizabeth Perkins, Deborah Perkins

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