Metropolitan Ministries is led by a smart and diverse team. The leadership team is supported by a volunteer board of directors. Their combined passion and experience drive our desire to accomplish big things in the fight against homelessness and poverty in the Tampa Metro Area.


Tim Marks President and Chief Executive Officer

“I believe in the work of Metropolitan Ministries because I have personally witnessed the life changing programs and compassionate staff bring hope to traumatized children, mothers, and families from every walk of life. I believe in life change. I believe God has blessed this ministry with so many faithful donors, caring volunteers, compassionate collaborative partners, and called staff members all working together to bring hope and healing to individuals who have nowhere else to turn. We are here for the critical times in an individual's life and we stand in the gap to alleviate their suffering and lead them to becoming self-sufficient.”

Tim has been at Metropolitan Ministries since 2006. He’s committed to our mission to alleviate suffering, promote dignity and instill self-sufficiency for homeless and at-risk families.

Tim spent 21 years in engineering and corporate leadership before applying his talents to building collaborative community partnerships that make new life possible for homeless and hungry people through Metropolitan Ministries. He carries on our commitment to excellence and lasting impact for the people we serve.


Rev. Morris E. Hintzman, D.D. President, Metropolitan Ministries Foundation

“Every day I see God transform and restore those who are served and all who serve . . . Metropolitan Ministries is truly a miracle place where hope lives.”

Morris has been leading and growing Metropolitan Ministries since 1982 and still plays a key role in our community and work. His passion is to provide answers for the poor and homeless in Tampa, Florida. He’s a respected authority on poverty and social services, with both earned and honorary doctorates, and shares his experience and knowledge on councils, boards and at committees to make a difference in our state.


Christine Long Chief Programs Officer

“Because of this generous community, we can respond quickly to needs and give families and children the opportunity to find hope as they struggle with homelessness. As each family moves to a strong self-sufficient life, I am filled with pride and joy that we have been able to make a difference — changing their lives forever!”

Since 1993, Christine has been involved in our client care. In addition to leading our team of counselors and program directors, Christine serves on numerous committees and boards addressing concerns for homeless and hunger issues in our state and community. Christine has a master’s degree in mental health counseling.


Amy Kern Chief Financial Officer

“It is truly an honor to serve with the Committed and Called people we refer to as our team at Metropolitan Ministries. My personal mission statement in life is ‘It’s not how you begin, but how you finish that matters.’ Metropolitan Ministries illustrates that concept both through statement and through outcomes.” 

With fourteen years of corporate accounting experience including publicly traded companies and non-profit organizations, Amy has pioneered a legacy as a female professional and as a single mother. Earning a Master of Business Administration in Global Management and a Master of Arts in Accounting, Amy has faced and overcome many of the same obstacles faced by clients of Metropolitan Ministries. Following her heart, Amy has pursued a career largely focused on non-profit organizations, now culminating with Metropolitan Ministries. Her information technology and data management skills facilitated her earning Microsoft certification as a Certified Solutions Associate, which is evidenced by her ability to transform raw data into meaningful metrics to facilitate educated decision making. Amy’s dedication, ambition, and heart to serve have positioned her to consistently improve accounting systems. Her non-profit finance experience has resulted in positive changes to processes, procedures, efficiency, accuracy, transparency, and clean audits. Amy is committed to utilizing her God-given talents supporting organizations that reach the least, the last, and the lost.



Board of Directors

Metropolitan Ministries' diverse Board of Directors are businesses and community leaders who have a heart of compassion for poor and homeless people in the Tampa area, and actively lead the way to lasting solutions for individuals and communities.

Executive Committee

Tricia Hancock, Chair

Robert Shimberg, Past Chair

Chris Christenberry, Secretary

Andrew Pittman, V. C. Finance & Audit

Carlos Baldor, Jr., V. C. Programs

Bryce Kenny, V. C. Advancement

Andy May, V. C. Facilities

Thomas P. Cornett, V. C. Strategic Planning

Preston Farrior, MM Foundation Liaison


Robert D. Basham

David Beshears

Chas Bruck

Gerry Coughlin

Pastor Victor (Joseph) Doxa

Frank Ferreri

Scott Fink

Connie Gage, LAMPLighter

Kurt H. Hull

Molly James

Jeff Marple

Sadie Pariseau

David L. Redmond

Jerome Ryans

Martin Silbiger, M.D.


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