Tracey Beal is the Executive Director of School Connect, where she creates dynamic partnerships among faith, business, government and non-profit organizations in support of local schools. This collaborative model was born in the Washington Elementary School District and is multiplying throughout districts in the greater valley of Phoenix.
Tracey serves as the Pastor of Community Development at Pure Heart Church where she oversees all of their local community initiatives in partnership with numerous community organizations.
Tracey is married to David and has four grown children and three grandchildren.
Organization focus areas: Schools
One of our greatest successes has been…
Last January 32 school superintendents in Phoenix each hosted their own table of pastors, business leaders and community partners at our School Connect Summit at Grand Canyon University. As they discussed how to bring support to their school districts, it was clear the superintendents really knew that they could not accomplish their mission without the help of the community. School Connect was privileged to convene these top leaders and watch the powerful partnerships that have come from them in the last year. We are seeing not only schools, but whole communities begin to change. It is a huge privilege to watch the Body of Christ serve sacrificially!
One thing we would not do again…
We are passionate about the vision of seeing churches connected to communities through schools, but not every church is prepared to engage in this way. We some times spent too much time trying to convince churches who did not have share this DNA and siphoned energy from discovering churches who were ready and waiting!
One moment when I thought: “This is why I do what I do” was…
We believe schools are the portal to all of the need of a community. In one of our neighborhoods, School Connect gathered the churches and all of the other organizations of the neighborhood to serve schools. In the end, they not only served schools but began their own 501c3 to address all of the challenges of their community. We are so proud of 19 North!