Our Mission & Values
Our mission is to foster the social, emotional and academic development of our youth.
"True change can only come through a total change of heart"
Transform lives, families and entire communities through the development of young men into confident, successful, and responsible contributors to society.
Hierarchy of Needs
To provide men and their families with the necessary resources and tools that can empower them to impact their communities and transform their lives. The more we can create positive and healthy relationships in the family. The stronger the family and community will be. The strength of the community is in the family and the strength of the family is within the father. Some things you cannot do in your own strength. There are appointed people and resources for one's future.
There are men, families, and communities that feel stuck. Being stuck can only bring frustration, that tries to wreck the plans of one's destiny. The frustration won't change by wishing and no strategy. It takes planning and strategy to move families and communities forward and to bring about change. True change can only come through a renewed mind and a total change of heart. For out of the heart of a man flows the issues of life.
Meet Our Founder
Bishop Luther D. Baker, is the CEO and President of Man of Valor, Inc., a faith-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Man of Valor serves the St. Louis region from the heart of University City. Its mission is to empower a community to fulfill it God-given purpose. Through its various professional staff and volunteers, MOV makes an impact on the lives of men, youth, families and communities. The MARS Youth and Educational program is transforming the lives of the students in the University City School District. For this great work, Bishop Baker received the Superintendent Choice award in 2015 and the PaceSetter Award in 2016 from the school district. Additionally, the St. Louis Regional Unbanked Taskforce awarded Bishop with the Spirit of Leadership award in 2015 for improving financial lives of families in the St. Louis region. Finally, Bishop Baker’s work in restorative justice was recognized in 2016 with the Social Educator in Restorative Practice designation. Bishop Baker is married to Sebrenia and together, they have a blended family.