Exploratory Committee of Pine Belt Leaders Meet at WCU to Discuss Community Needs


The Exploratory Committee, a newly-formed group of Pine Belt Leaders committed to meeting community needs, met to discuss plans for bettering the community in the Kresge Room of Thomas Business Building on William Carey University’s campus on December 1 at 6 p.m. Judge Dawn Beam, 10th District Chancery Judge; Dr. Stephen Beam, physician at Work Well Occupational Health; Tim Carley, a real estate agent with Mississippi Land Company; Michael Dixon, pastor of Ekklesia Church; and Van Jones, co-founder of Nicole and Van Jones’ After School Academics and Arts Center lead and facilitated the discussion. 
In August, community leaders met on The University of Southern Mississippi’s campus to discuss the challenges faced in the Hattiesburg area. From that meeting, the Exploratory Committee was formed, and the group has worked diligently to find out needs in the community that are not being met, and what can be done to address those needs. The committee presented findings from their research during the session. The project is aimed at involving area churches in joining together to serve the area.
(left to right) Dr. Stephen Beam, Van Jones, Judge Dawn Beam, Tim Carley, and Michael Dixon stop for a photo as they plan for the in the Exploratory Committee meeting with Pine Belt Leaders that was held in the Kresge room at William Carey University on December 1 at 6 p.m. The meeting addressed ways that community leaders can meet the needs that have been overlooked in the Hattiesburg community.