Meet Our Executive Team


V. Elizabeth Perkins

Co-President; Program & Missions Coordinator

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 Perkins Justice Pilgrimage.

Contact Elizabeth:


phone: 601-238-2073

twitter: @Mzelizperk

Priscilla Perkins (M.Ed., cPl)

Co-President; Development

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

Co-President; Business Office & Property Stewardship

Deborah develops infrastructure at John & Vera Mae Perkins Foundation. Her current roles include property maintenance and management, working with contractors, managing the business office, impacting staff and encouraging volunteers.

Deborah is the 5th child of Drs. John & Vera Mae Perkins’ eight children. She spent 28 years in Southern California working with universities and advising charitable companies in many parts of the world.

During her quiet time, Deborah enjoys swimming, playing chess, practicing yoga and grounding with her feline daughter Emo.

Invite Deborah to your Church, College, Club, City, Corporation’s event. She’s available to share the Perkins Foundation 3Rs philosophy of Reconciliation, Relocation, and Redistribution, as part of the meaning & purpose of JVMPF’s Speakers Team. Deborah’s inspiration is to meet you and hear how your passion and special gifts will help impact our community. She’s always open to schedule a talk and walk.  To inquire about Volunteer Opportunities for JVMPF’s #ServeSaturday or operational needs,
Contact Deborah:


phone: 601-503-0374

twitter: @DebPerkListens

Angie Truex

Youth Director

Angela Truex is a former elementary and special education teacher from Gainesville, FL. She was first introduced to the Perkins Foundation through a short-term missions trip with her church, and spent two summers here as an Intern with the Summer Arts Camp before officially joining staff as Youth Director. Angela oversees all of our Youth Programs, including Summer Arts Camp, our After School Program, Good News Club, Mentoring, and G.I.R.L.S. and B.O.Y.S. Clubs. She is passionate about education, justice, and reading!

Contact Angie:


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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