Power From the SON is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation. Our team includes engineers, businessmen, lawyers, construction workers, accountants, and many people with varied experiences who want to use their skills to help others.
Team leader Steve Vincent hopes this is only the beginning for Power from the SON, the non-profit he founded in 2008 after working 32 years for Priester Supply and Stuart Irby.
“Countries need reliable electricity to emerge from their condition,” he said in an interview. “Without it, it doesn’t matter how hard-working or innovative someone is, they almost have to leave the country to improve their situation.”
Mr. Vincent at first wanted to power up one small village and grow from there. The Rev. Sam Dixon—the top executive for the United Methodist Committee on Relief who later died of injuries from the earthquake in Haiti—had another idea.
“Sam said ‘I’ll support you with the villages, but help me with the hospital first,’” Mr. Vincent recalls. “So I said sure. Little did I know it was a campus with 55 buildings for schools, a church, and a hospital that treats 24,000 patients a year.”
Before the two-week trip in June 2009, Mr. Vincent spent a year raising funds and recruiting his team from friends at the church and former business colleagues.
“We needed a design engineer, we needed people experienced in laying cable and connecting transformers, and others to hook up the hospital and school,” said Mr. Vincent. “I looked for people who could do those things, and had a heart for mission.” *
Power From the SON has found volunteers who have a heart for missions AND who know how to get things done. It takes a wealth of varied talent to do what very few organizations will attempt to do: design and build a power system in remote areas to help those who need it the most.
* Reprinted from an article by Bill Fentum in the United Methodist Reporter.
Stephen Vincent President of Power From the SON
Steve Vincent Cat Herder
Growing up in Oak Cliff in Dallas , Texas ,during the 50’s and 60’s gave me a lot of varied experiences that helped shape my life and beliefs. From Eagle Scout, to football, to science fairs, to church, to picking up garbage for the City of Cockrell Hill, my life can be summed up in my favorite line, an assessment by my wife many years ago: “Once a nerd, always a nerd.”
In 1973, I graduated from Texas A&M University with a BS degree in Engineering Technology and went to work for Allis Chalmers in Houston, Pittsburgh, and Gadsden, Alabama. I then worked for Priester Supply where I became the salesman for West Texas. I later moved to Arlington, Texas, where I met my wife . We still live there today, and attend First United Methodist Church Arlington along with Chris Olson.
For many years I drove an average of 1,000 miles a week trying to convince people to buy from me. I was most effective selling electric underground system materials, and transmission materials. For underground I told them, “Buy this from me, and I will help you install it.” In West Texas , I met Preston Kissman.
The installation experience allowed me to serve as an instructor at the Texas A&M Extension Service’s National Underground Training School (or NUTS) for about 10 years. During that time I met Terry Thornhill and Gary Wilson.
Well, Priestergrew as a business, and we sold it in 2006. I worked for Stuart Irby for two years, and then I felt called to leave and form Power From the SON. I have been to Sierra Leone to install a generator for a Baptist group and to Liberia twice to install and expand the Ganta system. I feel called to help improve living conditions in developing countries.
Linda and I have been married 34 years and have two daughters.
I love the Book of James because I believe when you accept Christ, your life should change, and people should see the results of that change. Power From the SON strives to operate under the idea of, “Teach a man how to make a fishing pole, show him how to fish, and then let him provide for himself and his family.
Christopher Olson Accounting
Knowledge base is in accounting, tax, finance, business operations and processes, and corporate governance. Areas of work: public accounting, retail, wholesale distribution, technology, non-profit, individual and small business.
Helped Mr. Vincent get our materials and supplies out of port and worked the balance of the Ganta project as a day laborer.
Work well with people most of the time. Older than some dirt, so I’ve seen a few things.
Board of Directors
|Stephen H. Vincent
President, Treasurer, Director
Texas A&M University (BS in Engineering Technology);formerly Vice Chairman of the Board and Vice President of Priester Supply Company, Inc.; and a Vice President of Stuart C. Irby Company, Inc.
|Ronald B. Seidel
BS Mechanical Engineering, New Mexico State University. MBA, Southern Methodist University. Principal of RBS Energy Consulting. Formerly President of Texas Independent Energy, Senior Vice President of Fossil Generation at TXU and President of Energy Trading at TXU. Registered Professional Engineer.
|Dr. David N. Mosser, Sr.
Senior Pastor of First United Methodist Church Arlington, Texas, a 5,000-member church. Professor of Homiletics at
Perkins School of Theology (SM) and Philosophy at Navarro Community College. Writer and lecturer who lived in West Africa for 12 months.