On August 5, 2011, Brian T. Long, PhD founded Transformation Ministries International (TMI), an organization that helps hurting people. TMI provides low-income families, the homeless, inmates, and at risk youth with food, resources, and mentoring. TMI partners with local organizations to provide services in North Carolina. Dr. Long noticed that many churches had limited outreach efforts, and he saw the need to minister to those who did not want to go to church. He started with group meetings on Fridays; creating a welcoming environment where people could be open without fear of judgement from others about their backgrounds or past.
After hearing people question the structure of traditional churches, Dr. Long began to find innovative ways of incorporating personal issues with spiritual direction. Some people were feeling abandoned by local church politics and they were starting to lose focus and direction concerning the ways of God. TMI was created in 2011 to connect churches and individual ministries.
The focus of TMI is to provide alternative outlets for hearing the Word of God. As of today, TMI has partnered with eight other local ministries, has appeared on Gospel Expressions Radio, and interviewed gospel celebrities such as Marvin Sapp, Kurt Carr, CeCe Winans, Donald Lawrence, and Dorinda Clark.
Since its inception, TMI has partnered with a number of ministries and organizations to serve our community. For example, TMI partnered with StepUp Greensboro to support the children in the yearlong StepUP Life Skills Program. The TMI-StepUp partnership was created to meet the needs of the many children living in single parent households with mothers struggling just to pay the bills. Many single mothers do not have the financial resources to provide their children with Christmas toys.
Each year during the Christmas season, TMI partners with Playgirls & Playboys Motor Cycle Club (PGPBMC) to host a huge party for Sickle Cell youth and families. Through TMI’s mentoring program, Dr. Long motivates and encourages incarcerated individuals and ex-offenders by sharing his story. TMI’s youth mentoring includes motivational speaking programs through which Brian mentors youth and coaches AAU football and basketball. TMI reflects an outpouring of love and support to individuals in need by making a positive difference in the lives of families.