[Passion to Purpose] Terence Lester, Speaker and Author

Name: Terence Lester

Profession: Executive Director of Love Beyond Walls, Speaker, & Author

Age: 33

I have put my passion to purpose by: Giving my life to serve and uplift those who are under privileged and on the margins of society. My heart beats to ensure that those who are forgotten get the support and opportunities they deserve.

Terence Lester, a native of Atlanta, GA., has a strong passion for family, God, and seeing change through tangible acts of kindness. Holding four degrees, Lester is actively putting his knowledge to work. 10 plus years of community organizing, leadership development, creative strategizing and volunteer mobilization, he is also the author of five books and co-produced a biographical documentary, The U-Turn Project: Answering The Call.”

Since 2013, Lester has been answering the call through an Atlanta-based non-profit, Love Beyond Walls, that addresses injustices such as homelessness, poverty in education, and food insecurity.

One of Terence’s greatest passions involves connecting creativity to mission work, and moving people to love people where they are. “I knew I was meant to do the type of work I’m doing when I overcame many of the things that could have made me a statistic, or ended my life,” Lester tells BE Modern Man. From workshops (with college professors, parents, and children), to assemblies, to graduations, to college lectures, to conferences and church services of over 3,000; locally and nationally, Lester has creatively shared his story of change and transformation with relevant language, solid truths, passion, and humor. “My personal transformation is what has given me hope that every person (no matter where they find themselves) has the ability to change and make a turnaround,” says Lester. “Seeing how my personal story has impacted others has given me a sense of purpose, calling, and passion for the work we do with Love Beyond Walls.”