John Eads, founder of Light of the Village Ministry, to speak at commencement May 8

Mon, 04/12/2010 (All day)

April 12, 2010

MOBILE, Ala. – John S. Eads IV, founder of Light of the Village Ministry, will speak at Spring Hill College's commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 8 on the Avenue of the Oaks. Light of the Village is a nonprofit ministry in the Alabama Village community in Prichard, Ala.

Eads and his wife, Delores, founded Light of the Village in 2002. As executive director, Eads supervises an inner-city ministry that operates a private school, summer camp, after-school program, and job development placement program. He also directs a gang intervention program for Mobile County and has established ministry sites throughout the Southeast targeting at-risk youth and communities.

Since 1997 Eads has worked as juvenile coordinator and seminar instructor with Prison Fellowship Ministries, a re-entry and gang-intervention program for incarcerated and gang-affiliated youth returning to Mobile County. He is also teaches business management and marketing courses at Spring Hill College.

Eads worked for Infirmary Health Systems for 10 years, first as lhughesistrator of Washington County Infirmary and then as chief executive officer of North Baldwin Infirmary. In 2005 the American College of Healthcare Executives awarded him the Young Healthcare Executive of the Year for the state of Alabama.

In 2007 Eads left the healthcare field to further the ministry. He traveled to Los Angeles to visit Homeboy Industries, a national model for gang intervention programs. He learned firsthand what approaches could be applied in the Mobile area to help at-risk youth.

Eads holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in human resource management and a Master of Business Administration in health services lhughesistration and finance from New Mexico State University. He holds a Master of Health Administration from Trinity University.

Eads served as a class commander in the U.S. Army in 1990 and received the Leadership Award by the Office Basic Class. He served as platoon leader in the U.S. Army Reserve from 1990 to 1993.