Team members

Bren Briggs

Bren Briggs

Bren Briggs is a retired Army officer and founder of The Eden Project. He served eight years as an enlisted Marine, then accepted a direct commission into the Army as a Medical Service Corps of ficer where he served an additional twenty years.

On Bren’s last deployment, he was injured and required six major surgeries to rebuild his face. He also spent two years in a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) clinic at Fort Bragg NC. Bren understands on a very personal level the importance of specialized reintegration programs for veterans and their families.

Bren founded The Eden Project in 2016 with the mission to help veterans with their transition from military to post-military life. The Eden Project is an award-winning 501(c)(3) providing centralized reintegration support to veterans and their families. The Eden Project was selected as the 2021 non-profit of excellence by the Fayette chamber of commerce. Trilith’s Reel people gala also selected The Eden Project as one of the five local nonprofits to highlight in the 2022 and 2023 galas.

Bren is married to Nicole. He has three amazing children: Eliah 19 years old, and Eden 15 years old. Bren’s oldest son, Bren II, is also a veteran and served in the Air Force.

Adam Anderson

Is a retired Army Major with over 22 years of military leadership experience. He holds an MA in Student Personnel Services, counseling and Administration. Adam started his military career by contracting with the “Demon Battalion” ROTC at Northwestern State University, Natchitoches, LA. Adam was commissioned into the Louisiana Army National Guard on 18 DEC 1992 and served as an Armor officer in the 1/156th Armor Battalion, 256th Infantry Brigade from DEC 1992 until MAY 1999. During that time, he held the positions of Platoon Leader, Company Executive Officer, and Battalion Motor Officer.

In 1999 he transferred into the 1-116nd (Stonewall Brigade), 29th Infantry Division, Virginia Army National Guard. Here he served until DEC 2004 as an Infantry Detachment Commander and then as Bravo Company Commander in Christiansburg, VA.

In 2004, transferred to the 1-102nd Battalion, 29th Infantry Division, Connecticut Army National Guard where he stayed until SEP 2007. While here, Adam served as the Battalion Intelligence Officer (S2) and the Battalion Adjutant (S1). During this timeframe, he was deployed to Afghanistan in 2006, serving in the Ghazni, Bagram, and Mehtar Lam areas of the country, returning home in 2007.

In 2007 Adam accepted a position as a Military Technician, Facilities Operations Specialist, with the US Army Reserve Command 335th Signal Command (Theater) Divisional Command, East Point, GA. Adam transferred his commission out of the CT National Guard and into the United States Army Reserves and was assigned militarily to the 335th. He served in various duty positions within this unit until his retirement in APR 2016. Initially Adam served in the Future Plans and Operations (G3) section of the command. Within a year of arriving, he was selected to take command of the Headquarters and Headquarters Company (HHC) for the Division Command, where he commanded for next 3 ½ years. After coming out of his second command in 2012, Adam served in the Force Modernization Section (G3) until he deployed to Afghanistan in 2013. During this deployment, Adam served as the Retrograde and Projects Officer In Charge (OIC) at Kandahar Air Field (KAF).

Adam currently is the Director of Operations. His primary focus is to ensure current operations are well coordinated and staffed. He also develops and conducts events that bring community awareness to veterans.


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Steve Hutchinson

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Dr. Steve Hutchinson

Steve Hutchinson is a dynamic speaker and an accomplished author of several books, including an award-winning marriage book entitled, Me Tarzan, You Jane.

The founder of MarriageFit and two churches, Steve has helped people change the trajectory of their lives by breaking through unpleasant circumstances and discovering their purpose in life. Steve has also served as a teacher and coach in both public and private schools.

Steve’s travels have taken him nationally and internationally teaching on subjects like Marriage, Parenting, and Leadership. Steve has coached hundreds of couples as they navigated through marital turmoil, and seeing couples avoid the divorce court. Steve speaks at churches, corporate meetings, school chapels, colleges, and is no stranger to radio and television.

With a blend of biblical scholarship and humor, Steve delivers an inspirational message of hope that brings healing to the hurting, and motivation for the faint of heart. Having a passion to see people “Win in Life”, Steve connects with young and mature audiences alike.

Steve enjoys traveling, sports, and the great outdoors. Steve and his amazing wife Jane and children reside on the outskirts Atlanta, Georgia.


Michael is the proprietor of Michael Stuart Productions, a media services firm offering brand, broadcast, and agencies high quality, reasonably priced options in audio production, voice over, on-camera talent, and live emceeing. Michael writes & produces a nationally syndicated radio show called “Sonrise” and has extensive experience hosting and emceeing live events of all sized for organizations and non-profits. From the Fayette Gala at Pinewood Studios to Zac Brown member Daniel de los Reyes’ DayGlow Music Summer Jam Nights, with Midwest Food Bank, Monarch House, Southside Support, Coweta-Fayette EMC and many more in between. He is also an agency represented on-camera talent, having appeared in TV shows, commercials and film. Michael also works with smaller companies and non-profits with their social media marketing. Michael loves being a volunteer host in UpStreet at Southside Church, where he entertains kids kindergarten through 3rd grade.

Michael Jerome Laney

Michael Jerome Laney was born in New York on April 26, 1955. Laney a native of Bridgewater, Massachusetts, graduated from Bridgewater-Raynham Regional High School. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts, North Dartmouth, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with honors.

Upon graduation, he accepted a commission in the United States Army Signal Corps as a Second Lieutenant and entered active duty. He held command and deputy command responsibilities at the Captain and Major level. He retired as a Major with 20 years of federal service.

Laney completed his Ph.D. in Communications with a cognate in Religious Studies at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK). He was an Appalachian College Association, Mellon Fellow while at UTK from 1997-1998. Laney gave his life to Christ on September 1981, and has faithfully served Jesus Christ for 40 years in various capacities during the periods (1982-1995):

He held the rank of Full Professor with tenure in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications at Savannah State University.

His civilian honors includes: NAACP-Bradley County Life Time Achievement Award—2005; 100 Black Men of Bradley County, Inc. Mentor of the Year—2000; Lee University Excellence in Teaching Award—1999.

Laney is married to the former Leonora Denise Suggs of Hampton, Virginia. Together they have raised three adult children, ReAnna, Mikaela, and James-Michael