Rev. Barbara D. Jones
Founder and President
Rev. Barbara D. Jones serves as founder and president of Walking Anew, Inc., an organization that aims to create dignified and unified communities for Black and Brown people locally and globally. Walking Anew has served various communities throughout the nation since 2017.
Barbara has served in numerous countries, leading missional teams around the world and utilizes her expertise to effectively aid and disciple others in creating Biblical unity and developing intercultural competencies. She is a Qualified Administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory, an Executive Coach, Speaker and Ordained Minister, who serves in partnership with the Christian Cultural Intelligence Group.
As a leader, missionary and consultant for the past 28 years, Barbara has developed several training modules to educate and coach hundreds of executive leaders, in government, corporate, denominational ministries and communities. She travels extensively as a speaker and has been invited into several podcast communities. Additionally, she continues to work with numerous local and global centered organizations, around the world. Her literary contributions include a published interview with BARNA, an organization that researches cultural and religious trends, as well as a chapter in the recently published Hear Us Emmanuel: Another Call for Racial Reconciliation, Representation, and Unity in the Church. Barbara is married to Ernest T. Jones, and is a mother and grandmother.
Freda R. Gates
Director of Community Relations and Development
Freda R. Gates a native of Atlanta, hails from Atlanta’s historic Westside. Her formal education includes a degree in Pharmacy Technician, which she earned in 2010. After serving her community in this capacity for many years, she with the encouragement of her late grandmother and friends, resigned from her position as a Pharmacy Technician.
Freda built on skills passed down to her via her grandmother by attending Culinary school. She then followed her passion for serving the community, by stepping out in faith to start her own business. Freda is the president and CEO of Kitchen Ministries, LLC., where she utilizes her culinary skills to minister to the hearts of many while feeding their souls.
As the mother of two sons, Freda is no stranger to the adversities and injustices that plague Black and Brown communities in this country. Determined to act as a catalyst for change, Freda is remains passionate about child advocacy, medical access, community engagement and seeks to aid others in exploring and navigating the resources available to families and communities in the Atlanta area. As the Director of Community Relations and Development for Walking Anew, Inc., owner of Kitchen Ministries , LLC., and a social activist, Freda’s goal is to help foster lasting relationships built on knowledge and trust to help create stronger communities.
Roshanda E. Powers
Coordinator of Women Walking Anew (TM)
Roshanda E. Powers, a native of California, lived in Chicago for several years before moving to Atlanta in 2004. Roshanda has been in Property Management since 2009. In her work, she is presented with opportunities to advocate for women, children and families on a consistent basis. She is also a small business owner and freelancer who uses her expertise to further engage the community.
Roshanda is able to identify and navigate opportunities in a way that dignifies those who find themselves in need. She is faithful to point towards resources and to engage women in a way that welcomes everyone to the table. She is a survivor who faithfully aims to thrive in all aspects of her life. She serves with gentleness, as a team player and is gifted with discernment.
She has also been a faithful member of Women Walking Anew (TM) for the past 6 years. Her commitment to serve as a volunteer on many projects is why she was appointed to the role of Coordinator for Women Walking Anew (TM). In her role, she facilitates 1st Friday’s, a monthly gathering for women and is a co-host of Righteous Ramblings, a developing Podcast sponsored by Women Walking Anew (TM)