Board of Directors
Brandon grew up in Oklahoma with three brothers and his sister. After high school, he moved to Georgia to attend Emmanuel College where he earned his degree in Biblical Studies. Upon completion of college, Brandon worked in churches in South Carolina and Georgia as Student minister and Associate Pastor of Worship, as well as earning his turf grass professional certification from the University of Georgia. Brandon has always enjoyed the outdoors and worked as the assistant superintendent at Cateechee Golf Club in Hartwell, Georgia and Windermere Golf Club in Cumming, Georgia.
In 2007, God moved Brandon to work at In Touch Ministries with Dr. Charles Stanley. Brandon has served at In Touch Ministries for the past 7 years in different roles. As a ministry ambassador, he had the opportunity to interact with donors of all levels across the United States. Thanking them for their partnership with In Touch Ministries, giving updates on the ministry and praying for any need the partner may have had were the primary responsibilities of being an ambassador. After three years of serving in that capacity, Brandon had the opportunity to become the director of the In Touch Foundation. In this role, Brandon implemented new software and customized it for the specific use of the 20 member team there. Brandon was also the catalyst for much change in the morale, and perception of the foundation team. In October of 2013, Brandon was again promoted to Senior Director of Partner Relations where he currently serves the directors of the Foundation, Gift Processing, Christian Guidance, and Contact Center departments of In Touch Ministries. This role affords Brandon the opportunity to work with these department directors to ensure a positive partner experience anytime a partner calls, donates, or has a question or concern about the ministry. Brandon works closely with the analytics team at In Touch to create measurement instruments that keep the ministry and its employees doing the right thing, the right way, at the right time.
Brandon lives in Jefferson Georgia with his wife Amy of 11 years and two daughters: Rachel (9) and McClain (5)
Larry and Shelby Barker were married in June of 1978 and have been in full time ministry ever since. He attended Central Baptist College from 1976-1979 and later graduated from Liberty University with a Bachelor’s degree in Church Ministries and a Masters of Theology. He pastored over twenty years, planted a church in Illinois, and served as a missionary in Romania.
In 2005 Larry was elected to serve the BMAA Missions Department in a dual role as Romanian Church Coordinator and to lead Barnabas Touch Ministry teams. Then in 2007 he became the Director of Operations for North America overseeing church planting. He has a passion to see hundreds of churches planted throughout the USA and Canada. His purpose statement is, “raising up a generation of church planters to transform their communities with the gospel.”
His greatest passion is mentoring catalytic leaders on a consistent and intentional schedule. He is committed to not placing himself in any ministry that will place limitations on the fulfillment of this life goal. He regularly schedules mentoring groups with planters, pastors, catalytic leaders, and family members to pour into them!
Shelby is an RN and serves as a charge nurse at Saline Memorial Hospital in Benton, AR. The Barkers have three children: Meredith, Matthew (wife Allison), and Benjamin (wife Kimi). They also have four grandsons, Lincoln, Lucas, Calix, and Bear.
Martha has over twenty years experience in business and management. She attended Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho majoring in business and history.
She was the co-founder and principal broker of A-1 Realty in Groton, Connecticut and broker manager of Tuthill Real Estate’s main office in Groton and was the company’s top producer every year.
She moved to Honolulu, Hawaii in 1974 and joined Hugh Menefee Agency where she was appointed sales manager and broker in charge of the Discovery Bay office, where in her first year she became a member of the Million Dollar Club in both sales and listings. She served on the board of directors of the Merchants Association of the Discovery Bay Shopping Center. She was also an active member of the Public Relations Committee of the Honolulu Board of Realtors. She initiated a program of International Sales in Canada, Singapore, Philippines and Malaysia. This was so successful that many companies followed her example and program.
She moved back to her home state of Tennessee in 1990. She was very active in the Jackson Exchange Club and was elected to the board of directors of the Carl Perkins Child Abuse Prevention Center where she was instrumental in the fundraising program including an annual Tel-a-thon featuring well known entertainers and businesses throughout West Tennessee, which is still ongoing and very successful today. She was very active in international fundraising in Canada and other political and non-profit organizations.
She resides in joyful retirement in Santa Rosa Beach, FL with her husband, Tom, and enjoys frequent visits with her children and grandchildren.
Sujo John moved from India seeking adventure and prosperity in the United States just six months before the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City. He worked on the 81st floor of the North Tower, while his then-pregnant wife, Mary, worked on the 71st floor of the South Tower.
By the grace of God, John and Mary survived the horrific events of September 11, 2001. Media from all over the world have taken interest in their story. The tragedy served to launch his international evangelistic ministry.
Sujo has either appeared on, or been featured in the BBC, CBC, The 700 Club, Billy Graham Special, TBN, Charisma Magazine, I am Second, Life Today—James and Betty Robison, Family Talk—Dr. James Dobson, Christianity Today, Daystar Television, Associated Press, The New York Times, The Times- London, The National Post and countless other publications from around the world.
Sujo John speaks across denominational barriers. He has taken his story of hope and faith to millions of people in churches, evangelistic festivals, universities, public schools, sporting events, corporations and community events in hundreds of cities in North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Africa.
Sujo has a Bachelor in Commerce and an MBA in Business. He also wrote a book, Do You Know Where You Are Going?
He is the founder of YouCanFree.Us, a movement to rescue and rehabilitate victims of human trafficking. This ministry presently runs safe houses in India and Poland.
Sujo and Mary have three children, Jeremy, Sophia and Jayden, and reside in the Dallas area of Lantana, Texas. They attend Gateway Church in Southlake.
Andrea Waterhouse, Advisory Board
June Kohls is wife to Greg Kohls, mom to two sons, and grand mom to 3 grandchildren. Loving her family is the main reason she always has a smile on her face. Just speaking to June briefly, you will know that sharing Jesus and God’s work takes top priority just after her family. Teaching and mentoring women is a passion that the Lord placed in her heart many years ago.
June has worn many hats over the years. She owned a ladies clothing store in Birmingham, AL and then sold it after 11 very successful years in business. While owning the store, she received awards for producing more sales volume per square foot than any store in the mall. She was also chosen for the “outstanding business woman” award in Birmingham. After selling her store, she started her career in Interior Design and still enjoys doing design work on a part time basis, however her ministry work definitely takes priority.
As a women’s minister, she has been involved with and many have looked to her to lead them, trusting her to always grow their ministries in number and in Biblical truths. Over the years, June has written Bible studies and presented these messages to ladies groups of the churches that she attended. She spends time in prayer and in God’s Word each day, as this quiet time is also a priority in her spiritual walk. She co-founded a women’s ministry, Heart to Cross, where she served as the “Mercy Administrator.” It was a two-fold ministry; teaching the Word of God and taking care of the needs of struggling families.
Most recently, she was asked to help another large ministry get up and running which also brought women together that wanted to grow in their faith and share Christ in their home, family and community, and helping those in need. She teaches women every week who are in a local recovery program, as well as leading a ladies bible study at her home church, the Chapel at Crosspoint.
Proclaiming Matthew 28:16-20 is always foremost in June’s heart. Because Jesus gave us this commission, her desire is to be obedient to His Commandment. :”And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in Heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.”
Born into a Korean-American military family, Daniel spent his childhood and youth living in Germany, Korea, and the western part of the United States. After graduating from Bible College with a degree in Bachelors of Science in Pastoral Ministries and Bible, Daniel took his first ministry position in Mobile, AL where he fell in love with southern culture. It was there he met and married his wife, Erin, and they now have two boys, Zay (6), True (3), and another on the way, due in October. Daniel is an approved church planter through the North American Mission Board with a passion to reach the un-churched. Having lived in Gadsden for the past five years, Daniel launched Cornerstone Church in the downtown community of Gadsden in February of 2015. Under his leadership, Cornerstone has seen God grow this church from about 70 regular attenders to over 200 every week! Now going into their second year as a church, Daniel continues to be innovative when it comes to reaching people who are un-churched, de-churched, or just uninterested. He strives for Cornerstone to be a place to belong because he knows that with God, He can make all things new.
Tony Middlebrooks, Board of Directors
In 2005, HB NEXT Sequence was founded and launched by Tony Middlebrooks. Tony started his Computer career in 1981 and spent his first 10 years working with one of the largest technology companies in the US. In 1991 Tony became involved in large scale Software / ERP Development projects for the Telecom, Aerospace and Entertainment industries and up until 1998 worked as a software design (problem solver) and business development professional. With the emergence of the World Wide Web, Tony stepped out and started his own technology firm (M2 Technologies) in 1998 specializing in portal based software solutions for non-profit associations. He created one of the dot coms most successful membership management cloud-based technology platforms (Chamber Edit and Contractor Connect). The Contractor Connect concept and model was very similar to what is now “Angie’s List” and “Home Advisor”. The company was sold in 2001. In 2003 Tony started working on an Internet software model that would allow construction companies to better manage regulatory data associated with OSHA Safety and EPA Storm Water rules and regulations, and in 2005 launched HB NEXT Sequence™ a Cloud Based Regulatory Management solution. Since 2005, Sequence™ has grown and diversified into numerous other field and office management solutions including OSHA Safety and Geotechnical Construction Materials Testing under Tony’s leadership. Sequence™ has become the standard go to platform for many companies including the largest homebuilder in the US (D.R. Horton) and the nation’s largest Nuclear Power Construction company (Chicago Bridge and Iron / Fluor). Tony’s ability to identify and turn an industry problem into a technology model / solution is one of his strengths, but his ability to communicate and sell the solution to a potential market, industry or buyer is his forte.
When it comes to philanthropy Tony and his wife Edie created a foundation to raise money to support international and local orphan children. The foundation “Arthur’s Call” held their 1st annual black tie event in November of 2006 at the Georgia Aquarium in the Oceans Ballroom. With over 900 people in attendance they were able to raise over $200,000 for the charity. And in 2007 the foundation helped raise $100,000 for Christian City Children’s Village in Union City Georgia. In 2010 Hope for the World purchased property and renovated a teenage orphanage in Albania with the funds raised by Arthur’s Call.
Tony currently serves on the board of directors for the Hope for the World Foundation in Albania and Good Samaritan Missions in Honduras.
Chris Martin, Board of Directors
Chris and his wife, Sandi, have been married since July 1984. They have a son and daughter-in-law, two daughters, one son-in-law, and two granddaughters. They also have an adopted daughter from Albania. Chris and Sandi attend Glen Haven Baptist Church in McDonough, Georgia.
Chris graduated from Baptist University in 1981 with a degree in Business Management. He taught high school and coached until 1991 when he started his current business, DCM Contracting, Inc. The company constructs residential and commercial projects, including many churches.
Chris took his first short term mission trip to Albania in 2002. He has taken many trips since then where he has taken groups with him. On these trips, they typically have Vacation Bible School for the orphanage in Saranda, as well as, do construction projects at the orphanage. Chris has a passion for the orphans and meeting their needs, physical as well as spiritual.
Charles (Chuck) Parker was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. Graduated from North Fulton High School in 1963. Attended the University of Georgia for two years prior to enlisting in the army. He spent a year in Vietnam as a member of the 101st Airborne Division. After being discharged from the army he enrolled at Georgia State University. Chuck holds a BBA Degree from Georgia State University with a major in Marketing. He has 36 years of sales and marketing experience. Twenty-seven of those years were spend directing a sales agency (Metal Marketing, Inc.) that he founded in 1979. During those years MMI was the primary sales force for a variety of products produced by both domestic and foreign mills. MMI was privileged to represent such mills as Republic Steel, Bliss & Laughlin Steel, Atlantic Steel, Welded Tube Company of America, Valmont Industries and many others. Chuck is retired and he and his wife (of 42 years) Helen currently reside in Seagrove Beach, Florida where they attend Seagrove Baptist Church. They have six children and four grandchildren.
A Graduate of Georgetown College with a degree in Theology and a licensed and ordained minister. He is a recipient of the Kentucky Oak Leaf Cluster for Achievement. He was a member of the Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity, the Golf Team and was President of the Inter-fraternity Council while at Georgetown. He was recently appointed as a Commissioner for Endow Kentucky and serves on the Commission on Philanthropy.
He has been a Fundraising Consultant for nonprofit organizations since 1983 raising more than $400 million for such clients as Baylor University, Phoenix Christian School System, Wayland Baptist University, Focus on the Family, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Baptist Healthcare Systems, Mercy Healthcare Systems, Providence Homes, Floyd Memorial Regional Hospital, Buckner Children’s Home, Diocese of Southern Ohio, Diocese of Minnesota, Diocese of Upper South Carolina, numerous social service agencies and hundreds of local congregations.
He has been the Chief Executive Officer of the Community Foundation of West Kentucky, Inc. since 2002 and has led its tremendous growth both in assets and grant disbursement. The Community Foundation of West Kentucky located in Paducah and has four affiliates in Madisonville, Glasgow, Murray and Henderson. He is married with three children and lives in Benton, Kentucky.
Wealth Management Advisor at Merrill Lynch. Thomas E. “Tommy” Jackson of Merrill Lynch was ranked #1 financial advisor for the state of Alabama according to Barron’s Top 100 List. The ranking reflects the volume of assets overseen by the advisors and their teams, revenues generated for the firms and the quality of the advisors’ practice.
Dale Vermillion has been an international business speaker in the mortgage industry for 21 years, speaking primarily in the US and Canada. In addition to speaking to over 1,000,000 business professionals and 350 companies in the secular marketplace on Biblically-based sales and leadership principles, Dale has spent many years speaking, preaching and leading in different ministries. Dale was a keynote speaker at the 2006 National Association of Church Business Administration 50th Year Conference. In 2007, he was the keynote speaker for Moody Bible Institutes National Day of Prayer in Chicago, IL.
That same year he was asked to launch a monthly radio program on Moody Radio. In 2009, Dale authored a book on Biblical principles for mortgage financing that was published by Moody Publishing. Since then he has appeared on hundreds of Christian radio programs across the country, and also FoxBusiness and Foxbusiness.com.
Dale’s true love is preaching and teaching. He and his wife, Laurel, have been involved in youth ministry for over 20 years. In 2008, they founded and lead a community teen ministry in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida – 24/7 at the Beach. As part of this ministry, they launched a public youth event called Search in partnership with the FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes). Search was a live event on local high school campuses that shared the gospel through teaching and music. Dale has preached at dozens of youth and adult events and retreats, including: Executive Ministries Men’s Breakfast in Chicago, IL (2005); several adult ministries and youth retreats for Village Church of Gurnee, IL (2000 to 2016); the Surrender retreat for Destiny Worship Center, Miramar Beach, FL (2011); multiple speaking engagements and webinars on Biblical leadership for Business Empowered, Destin, FL (2011 – 2016); Fall and Spring High School retreats for Rocky Bayou Christian High School, Niceville, FL (2012 – 2015); and a breakout session at the Central District Youth Conference in Marion, IN (2013). Dale has also preached to tens of thousands at several youth and adult conferences in Repalle, India (2002 to present), and several churches in Northwest Florida. Dale currently leads Leadership Trek for Rocky Bayou Christian School – a ministry dedicated to teaching high school students how to be Christian leaders.
In 2014, Dale was asked to serve on the Florida-Georgia Regional Board of Directors for Thrivent Financial, where he serves today. He is also a member of the Board of Directors for Business Empowered.
Dale has a strong conviction in bringing Truth to teens and adults alike, helping people understand the plan God has intended for their lives and the love Jesus has for them. He and his wife Laurel have been married 22 years and have four children. They are passionate about supporting and serving orphanages in India. In 2004, Dale founded Mortgage Professionals Providing Hope, a not-for-profit organization to support the children of India.
Jeff Hargett, …Coming soon
Matthew Dunaway …Coming soon
Pam Nash, CEO Carl Perkins Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse …Coming soon