Mentors

Anthony L. Adams
A resident of Charlotte, North Carolina, Anthony is a testament to the motto, “Never give up”.  One of the greatest obstacles in his life has been in overcoming the disease of epilepsy.  Since being diagnosed at the age of 10, the disease has hindered him from participating in certain physical activities and emotionally caused him to become frustrated and unable to trust in himself.  For years, he thought he could overcome the adversity on his own.  Even with the help of doctors, the epilepsy was a burden that he had to learn to take before God and lay in His hands…  He put his faith in God and believed God for his healing.  From that point forward, he gained a greater appreciation for what it means to trust God fully.  He found himself humbled and at peace, realizing that God will provide for his needs and and He is the answer to all things.

When defining success, Anthony believes it is “something that is measured by what you gain or receive from your efforts – not determined by wins or losses.  When one experiences failure, it can always be attributed to doing things without purpose or by seeking life outside of God’s divine order”.  Anthony’s desire is to be used to help others overcome life’s obstacles and to serve as an example for how to seek answers from God with much determination.  He continually strives to be a living demonstration of how to be committed while exhibiting what it means to truly be a man of valor.
Anthony is a weekly radio host for Spot Radio, “The Voice of the Twenty-Something Generation” which airs on WGIV (1370).  He is the owner of Equip To Fit, a fitness and weight management company.

Robert O. Mason, III
Born in Gastonia, North Carolina, Robert grew up in a single parent household where he saw the effects of drugs and alcoholism first hand.  Choosing sports as a means for getting out of Gastonia, Robert was an All Conference athlete in football, basketball and track in high school.  Prior to going to college, he attended Fork Union’s Post Graduate Program and played a season of football under Head Coach, John Shuman.  Before leaving Fork Union, he received a four year football scholarship to Virginia Military Institute (VMI) where he majored in Business and Economics.

At VMI, Robert received numerous accolades from being named ‘All State’ to ‘Defensive MVP’.  What he did not receive was a college degree.  Robert left school in his senior year try out with the Cleveland Browns.  Not able to achieve that goal, he played two years in the Arena Football League and it was at the end of his second season that his life took a dramatic turn.  He pleaded first offenders to a drug possession charge and was given six years of probation.  It was while sitting in a jail in Jackson County, Georgia that Robert gave his life to Christ.  He became committed to stop trying to do things his way and began to follow the plan God has for his life.  When he returned to Charlotte, Robert was blessed with the opportunity to gain in-depth education and training as a retail investor.  His natural ability to absorb complex trade strategies has given him the opportunity to successfully trades options on the stock market and to manage his own personal portfolio.  Robert still has plans to pursue the completion of his degree in Business and Economics and currently serves as President of Courier-Logix, a transportation company headquartered in Charlotte, NC.

As a M.O.V.E. Mentor, Robert’s primary desire is to help me make ‘wise choices’ based on God’s ultimate plan.  His hobbies include studying the Word of God, serving in the community, playing chess, and working out at the gym.

Kendall L. Taylor
Responsible for training, guiding and directing the efforts of the organization’s volunteer mentors.  Born in Wiesbaden, West Germany, Kendall was raised in Gaston County and calls Charlotte, NC home.  From the age of two, Kendall grew up in a single parent home.  The lack of a positive male figure in his life resulted in aggression and anger issues that began to manifest into destructive behavior patterns.  Through his teen years, he began associating with what was considered as “the wrong crowd”.

Kendall began experimenting with sex, drugs and alcohol.  At the age of fifteen, he became a father.  Not only was he ill-prepared for life as a teenager, but he was also struggling with the difficulties of being a responsible parent.  Lacking maturity and strong male guidance, Kendall began walking deeper into dark places.  Places that robbed him of his education, his childhood and ultimately, his freedom.  He was arrested and incarcerated in a facility hundreds of miles from home and it was in that place, at that time, that he began to clearly hear and respond to the call of God on his life.  He laid down the failures of his past and began to carry his cross for the sake of Christ.  Kendall has worked hard to regain what was once lost to him.  He pursued his education; secured full-time employment; serves through the men’s fellowship in his church; restored his name and reputation in the community; and now works to deposit valuable wisdom and life principles into his son, Treyshaun – principles and support he lacked when he was his son’s age.

Today, Kendall is determined to win souls who are lost or who lack direction.  When he joined Mentors of Valor Empowered, he knew he had found his place in God’s Army.  Many comment that it is a blessing to sit and talk with Kendall as wisdom flows out of past experiences and through his relationship with Christ.  He has set his sights on the work of the Lord and prepares himself daily as he battles for the men who want to be what God has destined for them to be.  Currently, he is a Transportation and Logistics Supervisor for a local company and recently started his own company, Courier-Logix, Inc.

Kendall’s life is a testimony to the power of God’s ability to reconcile and restore.  His hobbies include spending time with family, working out at the gym, movies and basketball.