Kentrell Minton Sr.
Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Founder and CEO of ACCP, Kentrell Minton Sr. is the Godson of the late Almeta Crayton. He moved from Memphis, TN to St. Louis, MO in 1989 at the age of 7 years old and was raised by his grandparents on the North side of St. Louis near Walnut Park. As a child, Kentrell was always willing to give and help others. He often found projects to work on to help others in the neighborhood and would do his best to give what he could to those in need.
Kentrell graduated from Riverview Gardens Senior High School in 1998. Afterward, he attended Saint Louis University and received a Bachelor of Business Degree in Finance in 2003. Kentrell later attended Ivy Tech Community College in Indiana and in 2004 he received an Associate's Degree in Mortuary Sciences.
At the age of 8, Kentrell was introduced to Almeta when she and his mother became neighbors. Almeta would often babysit Kentrell and his siblings while their mother was at work. Almeta soon became very good friends with Kentrell's mother and later became his Godmother. Since then Kentrell and Almeta have always shared a close relationship and he regarded her as a mother, as so many others do in the Columbia community.
In 2003, Kentrell and his family moved to Columbia where he immediately began working with Almeta on Everybody Eats. He contributed most of his time to fundraising and helping Almeta with shopping and the heavy lifting. Kentrell also became a private donor and financial supporter of the program in 2006. He describes the work he does and his contributions as a reflection of the love and passion that Almeta had for her community. Kentrell worked closely with Almeta, often experiencing that passion first-hand and was inspired to do the same.
Kentrell is a family oriented person and enjoys feeling safe, happy, and healthy in his home with his loved ones. He describes this as a piece of the dream that everyone wishes to attain and feels that this is how Almeta was with her communntiy. After her sudden passing in October of 2013, Kentrell Founded Almeta Crayton's Community Programs, picking up where she left off with Everybody Eats, Poor Man's Breakfast, and adding a few more events and programs in the process. Almeta protected her community and fought for all people in Columbia. Kentrell felt a calling to pick up that torch and carry on her legacy both for her family as well as the Columbia, MO community.
An avid community advocate, Kentrell received the R.E.A.L. Humanitarian Award at the 2nd Annual Black Men Rock Honors in Columbia, MO. His work with ACCP has also lead the organization to be recognized by local news media and has received a nomination for the 2018 Progress Awards, honoring individuals and organizations that move Columbia forward. Kentrell also celebrated the 20th anniversary of Everybody Eats at the 2017 Thanksgiving Celebration and looks forward to many more in the future.