Staff 
Lenize Patton 
Executive Director 

 "I have the incredible privilege to lead and work with an amazing group of staff, volunteers, and board members to assist those in need in our community.   Lenize was a special education teacher for eighteen years. Then she heard there were 276 homeless children in Onslow County. A  year later she started Philippians Place, a nonprofit organization,  and soon resigned from teaching.  Initially, Philippians Place provided transitional housing and mentored clients to help them find housing and resolve issues that had caused their homelessness.  Ultimately, the program moved from transitional housing to a program designed to help people in housing crisis gain stability again through an earnings program of life skills classes that they attend to earn vouchers to buy at our resale store and necessity pantry.

Samantha Greenwell
Program Manager/Volunteer Coordinator 

Sam has served as Program Manager and Volunteer Coordinator at Philippians Place for two years.

Since 2010, Sam has worked in some form of ministry;  it is her greatest desire to facilitate growth and change in the life of others. She is currently enrolled full time at Liberty University pursuing a degree in Counseling.

Sam has two nearly grown children and has enjoyed living in Jacksonville since 2007. 

  Michele McKinnon
Resale Store Manager
"When I started at Philippians I was a volunteer! Its always fun to see what God has planned for you. If someone would have said "You're going to manage the store," I would have gotten a big giggle from that. I am so grateful He did. It is a blessing to be involved in our community, helping others. It is great to see everyone participate. I thank all our volunteers, our donators, our shoppers and staff. You all help to make Philippians Place possible. Keep us in your prayers."
Renee Pflepsen
Store Associate 
Although born in San Diego, California, Renee spent the majority of her adult life in Florida. She has an Associate of Art in Business from Florida State College of Jacksonville. Renee relocated to North Carolina in 2018 with her husband Timothy to have a wonderful retirement in Jacksonville, North Carolina, working at Philippians Place to give back to the community. 
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