New Beginning Missionary Baptist Church is pastored by Rev. David Kennedy. The church works to educate, feed, clothe, shelter, spiritually awaken, and encourage the people of God to stand against evil and the injustices inflicted upon them. It hopes to economically strengthen and holistically uplift, while ministering to community needs, following God's word as recorded in Isaiah 61:1-3 and Matthew 28:19-20.


MOA and its founder Michael Allen, AIA, of Greenville, South Carolina, are the architects for the renovations. Allen and his firm offer more than 19 years of successful architectural business development and project management experience, including LEED and Green Globe Sustainability projects. A native of Conway, South Carolina, he is a former Clemson University football player and was awarded the University’s 2019 Brian Dawkins Lifetime Achievement Award for excellence in career and community achievements. He currently serves on the Clemson Board of Visitors, is a Liberty Fellow and a member of the Aspen Institute Global Leadership Network.

Paratus Group

Over the past two decades, Paratus Group has gained extensive experience providing Project Direction services for major cultural institutions. In the process, we have earned a strong reputation for successfully guiding these institutions through increasingly complex building projects. Our in-depth understanding of the goals and concerns not just of the owners but also the architects and the builders, allows our clients to develop talented teams who can create the best and most successful building. Paratus Group manages the complex interplay of multiple participants—both local and global—with institutional dynamics, budget constraints, project goals, programming needs, and timelines to ensure that the influences framing each project are desired and intentional. From geotechnical to graphics, acoustics to attorneys, and traffic to technology, Paratus oversees all types of consultants, partnering with our client to customize a workflow that will guide the team through planning, design, and construction. By effectively managing all phases of the process, Paratus Group ensures that each building stays on budget and on schedule, is programmatically successful, and achieves the highest level of design.

Mass Design Group

Winner of the AIA 2022 Architecture Firm of the Year Awards, MASS was founded on the understanding that architecture’s influence reaches beyond individual buildings. MASS (Model of Architecture Serving Society) believes that architecture has a critical role to play in supporting communities to confront history, shape new narratives, collectively heal and project new possibilities for the future. MASS has a team of over 200 architects, landscape architects, engineers, builders, furniture designers, makers, writers, filmmakers, and researchers representing 20 countries across the globe. We believe in expanding access to design that is purposeful, healing, and hopeful.

Eason Creative

EASON CREATIVE is a content and communications studio providing an integrated approach to brand and cause awareness. Led by Sterling Eason, who has spent the last 30 years working across media from network television and publishing to magazine and newspaper initiatives, Eason Creative understands the power of good storytelling and its impact on a brand. Eason Creative oversees communications, media relations, and content for The Echo Project.


Chernoff Newman is an omni-channel marketing communications agency with offices in Columbia, S.C., Charleston, S.C., Charlotte, N.C. and Orlando, Fla. At Chernoff Newman, we operate with an integrated marketing approach, focusing on consumer engagement across multiple platforms for each and every one of our clients. Business results drive our ultimate metric of success across our various disciplines, including: digital experiences, social campaigns, advertising, public relations, marketing or internal communications.

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