The Volunteer Ministry Center Presents

Rescheduled to Thursday, December 16, 2021
Knoxville Convention Center
Mission Fair 10:00 am-11:30 am
Lunch and Program 11:45 am-1:00 pm
Book Signing 1:00 pm-2:00 pm

A Benefit Luncheon Featuring Father Gregory J. Boyle,
New York Times Best Selling Author and Founder of Homeboy Industries

Carry the Torch will begin with a Mission Fair at 10:00 am. Agencies which provide housing, general assistance, medical, and behavioral health services throughout our community, along with VMC will present booths and interact with visitors who are looking for volunteer opportunities. The Carry the Torch luncheon on September 15th will begin promptly at 11:45 am in the Ballroom of the Knoxville Convention Center.


For information regarding
sponsorships please contact
Mary Beth Ramey
(865) 524-3926 Ext. 229

Father Gregory J. Boyle

Father Gregory J. Boyle is the New York Times Best-Selling Author of Barking to the Choir: The Power of Radical Kinship and Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion, which was named one of the Best Books of 2010 by Publishers Weekly and received the PEN Center USA 2011 Creative Nonfiction Award. Father Boyle is also the founder of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, California, now the largest gang intervention, rehabilitation, and re-entry program in the world. Father Boyle has received the California Peace Prize and has been inducted into the California Hall of Fame.


CHonorary Chair Neill Townsend Former Board Member and Long Time Supporter of VMC

Thursday, December 16, 2021
Mission Fair 10:00 am -11:45 am; Luncheon at 11:45 am; Book Signing 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm