Hernando neighbors | Stephanie Knight, 44

Director of A New Generation in Hernando offers loving help

“Lives are changed when people are given hope, compassion and love,” says Stephanie Knight of A New Generation.

RON THOMPSON | Times

“Lives are changed when people are given hope, compassion and love,” says Stephanie Knight of A New Generation.

How long have you lived in Hernando County, and where do you live? Where did you live previously?

I have lived in Hernando County for 11 years. I'm originally from upstate New York — the Binghamton area — and moved to Tampa in 1988.

Who are the members of your family?

I have been married to my husband, Scott (a fifth-generation Floridian from Brooksville), for almost 19 years. We have three children: Ryan, 23, who attends Palmer College of Chiropractic; Jeremy, 17, a senior at Hernando Christian Academy; and Brielle, 14, a sophomore at HCA.

Tell us about your career.

I have been working in the pregnancy resource center area for 16 years. Ten years ago, I founded A Woman's Resource Center, which is now known as A New Generation, and I currently serve as executive director. My background is in retail management and telecommunications. There's nothing better than serving the Lord in ministry.

What kinds of activities are you involved in now?

Bible study, my family, attending Jeremy and Brielle's football and volleyball games. I'm involved in my church, Faith Evangelical Presbyterian, periodically facilitating Sunday school classes with my husband and serving in other capacities when I can.

As executive director, I oversee A New Generation's two offices (Brooksville and Spring Hill) with the many programs and services we offer to the community.

I also serve on the board of Jericho Road Ministries, and I attend and serve in different capacities with Hernando Hope, Brooksville Ministerial, Hernando Youth Initiative Teen Pregnancy Prevention, West Coast Pregnancy Center Collaborative, Pregnancy and Family Resource Alliance and various other community meetings.

Do you have any special hobbies?

When the children were younger, we used to show Tennessee Walking Horses, but I haven't had time for that in quite a few years.

I'm trying to catch up on the reading I wish I had done years ago in Christian theology, history and biographies. I'm learning through the untimely death of a respected Christian man and by the example of heroes of the Christian father that we only have a short time to make a significant impact in this life. This made me realize that I must make the most of the time I am given.

What are your favorite things to do in Hernando County?

Since cooking is not my favorite thing, I enjoy eating out when we can.

What do you think would make Hernando County a better place to live?

We need to come together as a community to help our neighbors. There are so many hurting people — some we work with or live near — but we don't really take the time to ask "How are you?" and mean it.

At A New Generation, we see many of these people and try to help any way we can. In attending local meetings, it is obvious there is a real need to do more.

More community involvement with funding and volunteer time is needed to make this a better place to live for all, regardless of socioeconomic background. Lives are changed when people are given hope, compassion and love. It is hard in our materialistic culture to come to the realization that it's NOT all about ME.

Tell us something about yourself that most people don't know.

I went camping in the Arctic Circle, helping my dad set up hunting camps. Alaska is so beautiful!

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Director of A New Generation in Hernando offers loving help 08/09/09 [Last modified: Sunday, August 9, 2009 5:30am]

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