Chairman & Liaison to the Philippines
Sam holds degrees in Chemical Engineering, LSU, Management and Marketing, Richmond University, Firefighting, Texas A&M, and Executive Business, London Business School. He worked primarily in the area of phosphorus based chemicals used for food preservatives, agricultural chemicals, flame retardants, oil well production, pharma, and detergents. He has served on variety of levels from Senior Process Engineer, to Chief Operations Officer, to President.
Sam has seen much of the suffering and plight of the people of Asia and has a heart for providing for their physical, educational, and spiritual needs. He and his wife helped establish a school in the Manila area to educate poor and low income children. They have helped orphans in China and with water wells in Zambia. They plan to continue their work in these and other areas with bare bones direct involvement in order to maximize available resources. Sam is continually in contact with people abroad in the Philippines and other Asian countries to identify humanitarian needs there.
Mark serves as the Chief Operations Manager for his forty year old family-owned corporation. He has a degree in Business Administration and the beginnings of seminary coursework and has worked on mission projects in Zambia and Canada, and also ministers locally at a homeless shelter. Mark is an ordained deacon and has served on a variety of committees, including Finance, Sunday School, and Building and Grounds at his local church. His background includes fourteen years of decorated service to a Fortune 500 Company. His most celebrated roles are husband and father.
Dawn is an established television news writer and executive producer. She has a BS degree in Communications Arts with a minor in Corporate Finance, as well as a Master degree in Liberal Arts and Theology. Dawn has traveled abroad on mission work to Canada and Mexico, and serves locally as a hospice volunteer and aid to a homeless shelter. She has held multiple teaching, committee, and music ministry positions at her local church. Her employment background also includes University and Secondary Education, Bank Marketing, and Internet.
Henry is a retired Marine Engineer. He has thirty years of professional experience in the maritime industry, twenty of which were served as Chief Engineer. Henry is a graduate of the Calhoon M.E.B.A. Engineering School where he also served as Director for three years prior to retirement. He has traveled extensively internationally with his profession and is familiar with nationals worldwide.
Liaison to Zambia
Aswell was born and raised in Lusaka, Zambia and currently resides in Rome, Georgia. He is a husband and enjoys being a father to his three children. His passion is music and he sang in a traveling boys’ choir from 1994 until 2008. Aswell has served as Music and Youth Director at Highland Baptist Church and currently serves in a worship team at West Rome Baptist Church. He also travels home to Zambia to visit family and friends and support the work God is doing there.
A note from Aswell:
“I am the second from last in a family of ten children. I come from a Christian family that enjoys music. I remember as a child sitting around the fire, listening to my mother tell us stories about God and singing with my brothers and sisters. That was such a wonderful time of my life. Every evening we would get together as a family and even neighbors would join us. We did not have much food to eat, but we sure did have the joy of the Lord.”
“Missions are very important to me. I came to know the Lord through the work of missionaries. I went to a lot of crusades and watched the Jesus film. One night I went to a local missionary Church and gave my life to Jesus. It is because of the willingness of missionaries to go and share the gospel that I am where I am today. I admire people who leave their comfort to go and take the gospel to the ends of the earth.”
Board MemberAfter graduating from business college Gloria worked as a legal secretary, paralegal, and office manager for 25 years. While she found the work challenging and interesting, what she enjoyed most was meeting and interacting with people. Today she is enjoying the blessings that come with having a large family which includes her husband, children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren, as well as dozens of extended family members. She loves the Lord and desires more than anything else to share Jesus with family and friends.
Gloria has served on various church committees through the years, taught Sunday school classes, and led Bible studies. She considers the opportunity to serve the Lord and minister to people through the John 4:14 Missions group to be both a great blessing and a great responsibility.
One of her favorite Bible verses is Romans 15:13, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
Kathy holds a BA and Master’s Degree in Secondary Education English with a minor in Music. She is a retired school teacher and is currently an Associate Broker with a real estate company. She serves on the local Board of Realtors Board of Directors and as a State Director for her State Board of Directors of Realtors. Kathy also sings with, and is Secretary on the Board of Directors for, a non-profit performing group. She has been on numerous mission trips and worked with youth groups for over twenty five years. Her background in real estate is instrumental in helping with project issues related to land, building, and educational facilities.
Barbara’s background includes twenty eight years in management with a national communications company as instructor/manager in sales, inventory, investigation, and customer service. She also served as job steward with the communications union. She also started a crafts business and travels to, and participates in craft shows. Barbara has served on various church committees and served as pre-school teacher and as Childrens’ Ministry Coordinator. She has a personal mission of crocheting hats and scarfs for needy children in the colder states and in Afghanistan.
Robert, a husband of 40+ years, and a military veteran, holds a degree in Industrial Management from Mississippi State University. His Navy career included extensive world travel and a Vietnam tour of duty. After serving on Navy ships and as the Commanding Officer of a Naval Reserve Center, Robert also worked for the US Postal Service, retiring in 1999. He has actively served the Lord Jesus Christ in the community and through his local church in areas of construction, literacy, video, and photography. Computer technology is a personal passion Robert hopes will be used to help spread compassion and the Gospel to the world.