Joe Williams - Founder and President
I love what we do at Agape North. We take basic things that people purchase every day and help them find ways to give through them. My favorite part of my job is telling our story to new people and seeing their reaction. They normally say, “You can do this?” I am very proud of what we have accomplished and the people who have helped us get to where we are. I look forward to seeing what we can accomplish in Memphis and beyond! In my personal free time, I enjoy mentoring young professionals by giving them honest and open advice that can hopefully help them save a few steps as they move up in their career. I love to spend time with wife, two boys and one kid on the way, walking the occasional nine holes of golf, reading great books, learning more about faith, and snow skiing any chance I can.
Jason Baker - Director of School Relations
My primary role here at Agape North is to coordinate and facilitate each of the School Giving Days. We run 80+ of these Giving Days each year, so this task keeps me plenty busy making sure these experiences are dynamic, fun, and honoring of the schools and students we serve. I really enjoy being a part of the urban education reform happening in Memphis and around the country. Urban education equality has been labeled “the cause of our generation” and I am happy to take up that mantle with so many others Agape North supports through our work. There’s amazing work going on, and we get to connect our business and non-profit partners to that important work. Outside of the city of Memphis and Agape North, I have several other passions that help me thrive: my wife Claire and our pup Conley, volunteering in the Student Ministry at my church, riding my bike, and being a basketball junkie.
Carly Warner - Director of Operations
My role at Agape North encompasses all things operations, so everything from ordering products to streamlining processes to making strategic plans for the business. I was involved with Agape North when it began and am so proud of what it’s become. I love being part of a vision that is honestly changing the way we view giving and partnership, one that has the possibility of making a real and lasting impact. I’m always up for anything service-related, but I have a passion for home repair ministries and youth-oriented programs. I recently moved back to the Memphis area, so when I’m not at work you can find me renovating my new home in Cooper-Young, frolicking outside with my mutt, Penny, or exploring the city.
Aaron Tucker - Graphic Designer
I’m a part of the awesome Creative Team at Agape North, serving as a graphic designer. I do anything from the art on the shirts, to photography, to marketing pieces. There is always music in my head and you will find me dancing often. My favorite part of working at Agape North is being able to design and serve the community at the same time. As I grow as a designer I am passionate about learning how design and community development work together on large scales to bring people together and communicate a story. My dad’s favorite saying is “Tell your story”, and that is something that has always been ingrained in me. Outside of work I’m all about the craft coffee culture, being adventurous, and driving manual cars.
Elizabeth Dunaway - Graphic Designer
I am a graphic designer on the Creative Team at Agape North, which means I create shirt designs, promotional media, and anything else creative that's needed. Working at Agape North allows me to exercise my creative abilities, but at the same time be a part of a company dedicated to giving back and empowering kids in the classroom. Outside of work, I am eager to grow as a designer and use my creative abilities to serve my church, my friends, and my community. I am very passionate about the growth going on in Memphis and I definitely have a heart for this city. Lastly, my interests outside of work include hand lettering, listening to music, and playing with my dog, June!
Dedra Anderson - Account Manager - Memphis, TN
I am a sales rep for the Memphis area, so I spend my days working with businesses, churches and schools who need custom apparel items. When they partner with Agape North, their apparel items become so much more, they are able to make a difference in the lives of local students. I consider it a privilege when I accompany our partners on their Giving Day experience. There is nothing like watching a child light up while holding a new shirt and interacting with our partners. Outside of work, I enjoy watching my daughter play volleyball at Samford University, visiting my son at Mississippi State University, and going on long walks.
Paige Long - Account Manager - Jackson, MS
I am a graduate of Mississippi State, and I am an Account Manager living in Ridgeland, MS. I am married to a Starkville native Bobby Long and I have two boys, ages 17 and 14. I enjoy cooking, walking my crazy border collie, and sports, really any sports, but especially Mississippi State Baseball! What drew me to Agape North was the ability to make a difference in the community with every piece of apparel purchased! It's so easy!
Anna Sowder - Account Manager - Dallas, TX
I am the outside Sales Rep for the Dallas/Fort Worth market. I love that Agape North gives back to the local communities and that's what really drew me to them. I think we all have a social responsibility to those around us, and Agape North gives me that opportunity to give back. It's more than a job; it's a way to help others give back in a simple, meaningful way to those around them. I like to give back by giving my time and meaningful solutions to problems that others face. That's why Agape North holds such a special place in my heart. Outside of work, I tend to spend most of my time with my fiance, family, and friends. Other than that, I play lots of sand volleyball and watch almost any sport on TV/in town.
Linda Mannerino - Accountant
As Accounting Director, I prepare and send invoices to our customers and collect accounts receivable. Being a retired banker, my background fits nicely with my role at Agape North. I've watched Agape North since inception as it has grown into a successful community-oriented and philanthropic business. I am proud to be able to give back to the community through my work. Outside of work, I try to play golf two or three times a week and also enjoy traveling.
Moses Kute - Delivery Specialist
My name is Moses Kute. I was born in Juba in South Sudan. I fled the war in Sudan and went to Kenya where I lived in a refugee camp. I came to Memphis, TN, as a refugee through the program with Catholic Charities. After meeting the criteria, I became a citizen of this great county. Since coming to Memphis, I have worked continuously. I am a father and a husband. On my day off, I’ll be with my family and on Sunday I will be at Church I am so grateful and thankful to be a part of the Agape North team. It’s a small company, but it does great things for the city of Memphis. Using the lion as a logo shows the community that the lion is tough and capable of doing great things. My role at Agape North is being a driver, making sure I deliver supplies to the schools and customers. I love being part of this team that runs 80+ Giving Days a year. As we all know, education is the key to success, and I am very proud to be a part of this company that supports education in our children. Our children are the future tomorrow.
Wesleigh Wright - Account Manager
My name is Wesleigh, and I although I'm a relatively new Memphian, my husband and I couldn't love this city more! You can usually find me curled up with a book (or several), listening to a podcast, taking photos, serving at my church, out and about with a new friend, or hanging out with my husband and our Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy, Zuri. I am thrilled to be a part of the Agape North team because I absolutely love the way we get the chance to take something seemingly simple (like a t-shirt, hat, or polo), and turn it into something that actively changes kids' lives by giving them all they need to successfully pursue their education.
Frances Bullard - Embroidery and DTG Print Specialist
I am a mother of two and have two beautiful granddaughters. I'm originally from Canada. I feel so fulfilled working at Agape North because of what we stand for in supporting the important work of education. It is truly a pleasure to be a part of this awesome team.
The Agape North Story
Designed for you. Created for others.
Since its inception in 2010, the Agape North mission has remained focused on the phrase above, particularly the last two words – for others. The son of a pastor, founder Joe Williams was raised with a passion for service. He began his career in medical sales, and though he experienced steady success, he always felt that he should be doing more to partner with his own community. He struggled with the best way to give and tried various service opportunities, but nothing filled the void.
Then while volunteering with the youth at his church, something sparked. The youth were preparing for their summer mission trips, which included a t-shirt, as many youth-based activities do. “This got me thinking,” says Williams, “what if people could give back by buying something they would be buying anyway?”
Within a year, Agape North, a private-label clothing company was up and running – out of Williams’ garage. The thought was simple: buy something necessary, like clothing, and in-turn provide something necessary, like uniforms, to students in need. As he passed out the polos at Agape North’s first giving day, Williams realized that we were providing so much more than a shirt. The physical item holds a lot of weight, to be sure, but for many of these kids, receiving something new from someone they had never met meant knowing that people cared for them. It was then that Williams decided that the process shouldn’t just be about giving – it should be about building relationships.
As it stands today, Agape North is a custom clothing company with a giving model built in. “Many of our clients want to give back and partner with our community, but they just don’t know how,” states Williams. “Agape North makes it easy for them to give and make an impact. We invite them to be a part of the giving process, meet the students, and plug into the community.” Involving our clients in the giving process has proven key and in some cases has led to deeper partnerships between our clients and the schools they support through Agape North.
To date, Agape North has grown into a team of 10 staff, 300 clients, 100+ partner schools, and over 80,000 donated shirts.