Founder and President
Growing up in the inner city neighborhoods—of Boston, Massachusetts—Janeen McBath quickly embraced a passion to be a rescuing agent. Driven to help other women around her who were in crisis. From a little girl and up until young adulthood she carried that mission to become a positive change to the world. In 2001, she and husband, Dr. B. Courtney McBath, made the decision to turn the home where they raised their 5 children into a home for teenage mothers in crisis pregnancy. The House of Esther was created and it provided a safe environment and place to call home for dozens in its program for over a decade. Janeen McBath saw the need for this program to expand its capacity to service more young mothers than their home could hold. In 2010, the House of Esther City Center a place for young men and women could have free access to education and brainpower. Through General Education Development (G.E.D) and College Preparatory classes, House of Esther was able to train young adults how to have courage and believe in themselves and their ability to be skillful and career-oriented mothers, fathers and influential members of society. In 2013, seeing the rise of a homelessness epidemic among many of the youth in Hampton Roads, McBath turned their flagship home into the 449 Campus that now serves as a 12-18 month transitional home for homeless mothers and their children.
Janeen McBath was determined to provide a solution to the issues plaguing her community with the understanding of restoration and hope in Jesus. With decades of experience, a Masters of Theology from Regent University and an unstoppable passion to see lives transformed and empowered she has led House of Esther Organization in trafficking hope to all they come in contact with. The House of Esther has become a path of exploration, success and destiny for all of those who this world statistically deemed as a loss.
Up Close & Personal
Janeen, affectionately known as Lady J, is a teacher, business leader, mentor, and advocate. She travels both locally and abroad speaking with a transparent and straightforward approach while encouraging the hearer to embrace their purpose-filled journey with God. Empowered by prayer and a foaming chai tea latte, Lady J seeks to give a voice to the least of these. In her passion for social justice, she has become an advocate for single teen moms as the founder of Esther Ministries. When she is not serving the community, Janeen eagerly awaits quality time with her husband Courtney and enjoys being a mother to her five children and Mimi to her grandchildren.