A Leader Who Listens

John and Beryl Amedee

Quick Facts:

• Life-long resident of Terrebonne Parish
• Small Business Owner
• Current Terrebonne Parish Council Member, District 4
• Former Parish Council Chair
• Former Zoning & Planning Commission Member
• Community Activist and Volunteer Lobbyist
• Trained and Certified In Disaster Relief Strategies
• Ordained Minister, Member – Vision Christian Center
• Married to John, 32 years; Raised 3 Sons; Expecting her 6th grandchild

 

Beryl’s Background:

GOVERNMENT

Terrebonne Parish Councilwoman, District 4 –2012-2016

            Council Chairwoman (2013)

            Policy, Procedure & Legal Committee, Vice Chair (2015)

            Budget & Finance, Vice Chair (2014)

            Subdivision Regulations Review Committee, Chairwoman (2014)

            Community Development & Planning Committee, Vice Chair (2012)

Sales & Use Tax Advisory Board

Downtown Attractions/Beautification Committee

            Community Action Agency Advisory Board

            Terrebonne ARC Honorary Board Member

National Association of County Officials (NACo)

            Gulf States Counties & Parishes Caucus

            Health & Human Services Steering Committee

            Women of NACo (WON)

            National Conference of Republican County Officials (NCRCO), Secretary

Republican State Central Committee, District 51-A

Terrebonne Zoning & Planning Commission, (2008-2011)

Election Commissioner (since 2001)

  • Commissioner-In-Charge, Terrebonne Parish

Activist –  Public Policy

  • Louisiana Family Forum, Education Resource Council Chairwoman
  • Christian Home Educators Fellowship of Louisiana, Inc, (CHEF of LA) Legislative Liaison
  • National Black Home Educators, Legislative Liaison
  • State and federal legislative work (lobbying)
  • Analyst of legislation/policy
  • Political campaign work
  • Louisiana Action Council, founding board member – (LAC is an organization dedicated to promoting freedom, individual liberty and the principles of limited government. Its mission is to educate and train grassroots activists in Louisiana to reform the state’s educational system.)
  • “Overalls, Inc.” – established a home services business designed to put willing unemployed and underemployed people to work immediately, using skills they already possess
  •  “Community Gardens” – started a program to improve the nutrition and budgets of low income families by persuading area businesses to donate the use of small plots of land for needy families to plant and maintain their own vegetable gardens; Office of Family Support promoted the program; local feed & seed donated plants and seeds

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CHURCH RELATED

Minister

Ordained (September 20, 2013)

The International Church of the Foursquare Gospel, international ministry license (August 5, 2010)

Associate Pastor at Vision Christian Center (since Oct 2010)

Associate Pastor of Spirit Filled Life Center  (a.k.a. Houma West Foursquare Church) (4yrs.)

Associate Pastor of Grace Christian Fellowship (6yrs.)

Licensed minister (since 1997)

  • All sacerdotal functions (weddings, funerals, etc.)

Established and maintained Cell Group ministry (small home church groups)

  • Composed weekly Bible lessons
  • Trained leaders one-on-one and in group seminars
  • Composed curriculum
  • Produced training manuals and materials

Helped establish and maintain Bible College

  • Designed courses of study
  • Wrote curriculum
  • Taught classes

Retirement home minister

  • Held weekly church services for elderly/disabled residents of assisted and non-assisted living facilities

“Follow-up Team” member (new converts outreach program)

Disaster Relief Chaplain (NIMS certified)

  • Deployed to Petal, Mississippi after tornado
  • Deployed to northern Alabama after tornado

Counselor

Family and individual Bible-based counseling:

  • Crisis management
  • Domestic violence
  • Chemical dependency
  • Pre-marital counseling
  • Marriage & family counseling
  • Education counseling
  • Financial counseling

Creative Artist – use of Performing Arts to communicate the Gospel

  • Writing and directing plays, skits, and musicals
  • Dancer/Choreographer
  • Choir member

Children’s Sunday School Administrator

  • Recruited, trained and scheduled teachers and helpers
  • Selected curriculum materials
  • Record keeping

Church Nursery Administrator

  • Recruited, trained and scheduled nursery staff–volunteer and paid
  • Responsible for maintaining nursery facility according to state daycare code
  • Record keeping

Youth Group Worker

  • Helped with activities, fund raising
  • Served as minister and chaperone at summer camps

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COMMUNITY / BUSINESS INVOLVEMENT

FORERUNNER Errand & Concierge Service©, owner/operator

Stella Learning Center — school for students with Autism and related disorders

  • President, Board of Directors

Business Administrator — Office, bookkeeping, insurance, and tax background

  • Worked as secretary, accounting clerk, insurance agent, and income tax return preparer
  • CHEF of LA Administrator (state wide non-profit education organization)
  • La-Terre Christian Home Educators –officer/administrator (local non-profit education organization)

Business Start-up Advisor

  • Writing/editing By-laws and Articles of Incorporation for non-profit groups, ministries, and small businesses

Diplomat/Networker

  • Homeschool “ambassador” to the state truant officer association
  • Coordinated community events involving multiple churches, ministries, business and government entities
  • Established food and gospel ministry in local homeless shelter

Teacher

  • Homeschool mom (21 years)
  • Governor’s Program on Abstinence – taught public and private school students about sexual abstinence; recruited and trained teachers (4 years)

Public speaker

  • Instructional and motivational lectures, presentations, newspaper interviews, TV and radio talk shows

Event Coordinator

  • Put together training seminars, conferences, and conventions for 5–1,200 participants of all ages; full charge – all aspects including facility and speaker contracts, advertising, content, set up, cleanup, etc.  (+7 years experience)

Desktop Publisher

  • Designed, produced, and edited directories, registration brochures, training manuals, programs and syllabuses for churches, organizations and small businesses

Journalist

  • Articles and newsletters for churches and homeschool organizations

Lactation Consultant

  • 6 years training with La Leche League International
  • 9 years personal experience

Other work experience

  • Sales associate, dispatcher, housekeeper, quality control investigator, tutor and seamstress

 

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EDUCATION BACKGROUND

Self-directed continuing education through personal study, courses, conferences, and seminars:

Ministerial

  • NIMS certification – Disaster Relief Chaplain
  • Atlanta, GA – urban street ministry with youth group
  • Held VBS for neighborhood children in Central Park
  • Worked in a soup kitchen
  • Helped promote the planting of a new church
  • Houston, TX Inner-city Ministries – intensive immersion study of street church services with meals for homeless adults and youth
  • Fund raising theory & strategy
  • Youth ministries
  • Food for the needy
  • Rehab programs
  • Nuevo Laredo, Mexico – foreign mission
  • Foursquare Leader Training Workshops
  • “Intensives” – concentrated accelerated ministerial training seminars offered by New Creation International Church Ministries (2 certificates)
  • Grace Christian Fellowship annual ministers’ training seminars (3)
  • Women’s Aglow Conferences

Law/Government

  • Constitutional Law – distance learning course, Patrick Henry College
  • NCHE Lobbying Summit – Washington, DC (3)
  • Alliance Defending Freedom Regional Litigation Academy (4)
  • NACo Annual Legislative Conference – Washington, DC (4)
  • NACo National Conference (3)

Home School Related

  • NCHE/HSLDA/TTH conferences (6)
  • CHEF of LA annual state home school convention (+15)
  • LADHSA annual regional home school convention (2)
  • SWLA CHEF annual regional home school convention (5)
  • CHEF of GNO local home school convention (2)
  • Transcript Bootcamp Seminar