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Operation Timothy is a Christian-based mentoring program that will equip young men from grades (5-12) to be productive in their personal life, community life, and work life with the assistance of positive role models.
Operation Timothy operates as one of the premiere Christian mentoring programs in the country mentoring over 100 boys a year. Providing young men with positive role models through regular and consistent contact via classroom sessions, phone calls, and extracurricular activities that will promote support and encouragement. To increase our young men’s exposure to a variety of social, educational, culturally and other enrichment activities.
- Commitment to God
- Community Involvement
- Character Building
- Career Development
- Commitment To Others
I will strive to…
- Learn what it means to be an African-American man spiritually, physically, and culturally.
- Respect God in my conduct and relationships.
- Honor my family by using my God-given potential in every situation.
- Show respect for myself by respecting others.
ELDER DWIGHT PARKER, a husband, father, preacher and teacher, is known for his wisdom and understanding of the scriptures and the basic principles found in the Word of God. He is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree through Moody Bible Institute. Dwight is best known as a true biblical example of Titus 1:6-9. He is a firm believer that the back bone of any ministry or community is a strong healthy family.
Dwight accepted Christ at the age of 17 at a neighbor’s bible study, where he continued to grow in his understanding and revelation of the scriptures. As a result, he developed a sincere appetite for the Word of God, and later joined a charismatic church where he developed his ability to teach and minister the word of God. Dwight served many leaders over the years, attending training conferences in every area of ministry. His mission was to fulfill the purpose and plan of God for his life.
Currently, Dwight (affectionately known as Elder D) serves as the Assistant Pastor at Set the Captives Free Outreach Center, Inc. He served in this capacity since the ministry’s founding in 2000, under the leadership of Pastor Linwood and Dr. Karen Bethea. STCF opened on April 9, 2000 with 5 adults and 7 children and has grown into a thriving ministry with over 2,000 members.
Elder D’s overall duties include: teaching, preaching, spiritually advising, and overseeing the Deacons Ministry, Prayer Circles, New Members Class and general church congregational matters. As the Assistant Pastor, Elder Dwight also serves in any capacity needed by the senior pastors. One of his greatest joys occurred in 2009, when he founded and still oversees the Operation Timothy Mentoring Program for boys ages 11 – 18.
Dwight has been blissfully married to Janice for more than 28 years and through this union they have 3 wonderful adult children, Dwight Jr. (26,) Duane (24,) and Dara (22). God has graced them with a revelation of marriage and family that they have shared with many over the past 28 plus years.
Psalm 127 (KJV): Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain. 2 It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep. 3 Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.
Operation Timothy was founded by Elder Dwight Parker, Sr. on October 12, 2009. This rites of passage program was initiated when Dave Miller of the Urban Leadership Institute conducted a thought provoking session to the congregation of Set The Captives Free Outreach Center in March 2009 concerning the social plight of African American young men. Through this session with Mr. Miller, Elder Parker was awakened with an urgency to stop some of the mass devastation like teen incarceration, increased high school dropout rate, gang involvement, low self-esteem, sexual promiscuity, irresponsibility, etc.
Elder Parker believes it takes a village to raise our children and had several men and women in my life to guide, direct and discipline him outside of his caring family. So, in April 2009 he began his search for men of like faith from the congregation of Set The Captives Free Outreach Center to become positive role models (mentors) to partner with him concerning this awesome responsibility. Through their partnership with Morning Star Baptist Church and Elder Duante Duckett (founder of ROP) they were able to go through 2 months of intense training to prepare them to receive these young men. After training and many weekly planning meetings over the next 3 months, the mentors were ready to begin their first session of Operation Timothy. The program started out with nine mentors, two administrators, four consultants and the support of the senior pastors, Pastor Linwood Bethea & Dr. Karen Bethea the founders of Set The Captives Free Outreach Center. The program, in its inception had over 60 young men, 45 started with the program and 15 on the waiting list. The goal is to increase its roster every year and enable young men to reach their God-given potential.