Dr. Frederick De’Wayne Tappan, Sr. is Senior Pastor of Eureka TrueVine Baptist Church in Memphis TN. For 25 years, he has been blessed and anointed to take the church from a ten member traditional church to thriving 300 plus member, multi-cultural congregation.
The Church motto is, “Real Ministry, with a Real Message, for Real People and that edict resonates through every ministry and undertaking of the church.”
Dr. Frederick De’Wayne Tappan, Sr. is Senior Pastor of Eureka TrueVine Baptist Church in Memphis TN. For 26 years, he has been blessed and anointed to take the church from a ten member traditional church to thriving 300 plus member, multi-cultural congregation.
Pastor Tappan believes that the Bible should not be reduced to disassociated stories, but should be a wealth of wisdom and relevance for today’s problems, today’s situations and today’s people. He believes the church should be a “one stop shop” for the needs of the community.
Frederick De’Wayne Tappan is also founder of L.I.F.E. Changing Ministries and The Memphis Area Youth Association.
Memphis Area Youth Association Organizational History
Frederick Tappan and Regina Hatley founded the Memphis Area Youth Association, Inc. in 1983. The young couple committed themselves to giving back to the community that had made a positive impact on them during their transition from adolescence to adulthood. They began by founding basketball teams and cheerleading teams. These teams served as an outlet for at-risk youth and a means to keep children active and off the streets.
As the number of participants grew, the couple married and began implementing additional programs to meet the needs of the community. Tutorial services, Individual and family counseling, Abstinence education, Anti-Drug Program, assistance for senior citizens, and additional athletic training programs were initiated. They understood that the athletic programs would attract the youth to the more important educational and social programs the association offered. The Memphis Area Youth Association, Inc. now serves over a hundred youth and is steadfast in their commitment to uplift the community.
Our instructional programs are centered around our gymnastics, dance, and cheerleading teams who are known as The Memphis All-Stars.
We believe that young ladies and men deserve the opportunity to improve social, emotional, and athletic skills through athletics, cheerleading and
dance. Although we began with only ten girls, The Memphis All-Stars rapidly emerged as a community socio-educational institution that is dedicated to improving the quality of life of the youth in the greater Memphis area. We accomplished this by serving literally thousands of young people and through faith, encouraging the participation of minority and non-minority youth in all aspects of cultural development.
At present, our gymnastics, dance, and cheerleading teams consist of over 100 girls who compete in local, regional, and national competitions and attend summer camps each year. Our simply stated Abstinence Program has been an overwhelming success. In the almost 40 years of our existence, not one young lady has ever become pregnant while in our program. Moreover, the participants stay in program an average of 3-5 years.
Mission and Goals
The Memphis Area Youth Association, Inc. believes that at-risk and disadvantaged youths in the Whitehaven, Oakhaven, Hickory Hill communities and the greater Memphis area deserve the opportunity to improve social, emotional, and athletic skills through gymnastics dance and cheerleading.
The goals of the activities proposed by the Memphis Area Youth Association, Inc. are as follows:
1) To provide target clientele with the educational, social, and athletic programs that will
– Improve educational performance
– Provide needed social skills
– Provide exercise to prevent childhood obesity
– Improve self-esteem- Decrease drug abuse through the Anti-Drug Program
2) To decrease the number of teen pregnancies incarcerations
3) To increase cultural diversity by exposing the youth to areas outside their home city
4) To provide assistance to our targeted low-income families.
5) To secure proper equipment to enable participants to improve their techniques.
Pastor Tappan also developed the L.I.F.E. Community Development Corporation. All of the entities are designed to uplift, empower and give faith to those in need of Hope and Healing.
These entities are a vision plan developed by Pastor Tappan, while at Harvard University, to revitalize, rebuild and empower the three stakeholders in the Memphis Community: Youth, Working Aged Adults, and Senior Adults. L.I.F.E. is an acronym for “Life Improved Through Faith and Empowerment”. Therefore, L.I.F.E. by LIFE seeks to empower every life it encounters Financially, Physically Educationally and Spiritually. Moreover, the program will also challenge those that have been empowered by the program to assist in empowering other lives in need. Thusly, we seek to empower communities, L.I.F.E. by LIFE. Dr. Tappan also served as the Director of the Fatherhood Program at the Shelby County Penal Facility, where the goal was to reduce recidivism (by 30%) by reestablishing broken relationships with their children, wives and significant others.
One of his coming crowning achievements is to open the first free clinic for the homeless and uninsured, called The Blessed House, in the City of Memphis in cooperation with Congressman Mark Green.
Pastor Tappan has been a tireless community advocate for over 30 years; from community feeding programs, prayer vigils, Community Block Parties, Fall festivals, events to support the homeless, senior citizens and the under served individuals in our city. He is also Chairman of the Board of Directors for Fidelity Employment Staffing.
Pastor Tappan, is a loving husband of 34 years to Regina Hatley-Tappan and father to Frederick, II and Alexis and grandfather to Frederick, III and Alexander. He attends Mid America Baptist Theological Seminary, where he is matriculating towards an MDiv. in Old Testament Theology. He received his Undergraduate degree in Psychology from Jacksonville Theological Seminary and an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity from Atlantic Coast Theological Seminary. He also is a Graduate of The Harvard University School of Divinity, Leadership Institute, Graduate Division, 2006.
He is also an accomplished and published journalist and author. He has written opinion columns for several newspapers including the Commercial Appeal, Tri State Defender and the Daily News. He has been a guest host on TBN, done television editorials for Fox 13 News and was also a featured writer for the Fox 13 website on faith issues. Pastor Tappan has several books to his credit. Some titles are Joy in the Mourning: Coping with Grief, Where to Find Help When…, 40 Days of Fasting and Prayer for Lent, Pastoral Protocols and an unpublished children’s educational book series entitled, “The Adventures of Alrick the Bear”.