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Danny has been serving in ministry leadership positions since his college days in 1982. During his years of ministry he has served in many different ministerial arenas including youth ministry, music/worship ministry, counseling, education, family ministry, and senior pastoral ministry. Danny has had the privilege to serve in ministry fields ranging from Orlando, Florida, to Endicott, New York and many places in-between.
Educationally, Danny earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from Mars Hill College and a Masters of Divinity Degree from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.
In 2010, Danny and his family felt called to leave his pastorate in Bloomfield, New Jersey, and move back to his extended family’s homeland here in McDowell County. Shortly after arriving in Marion, Danny became Chaplain of the Marion Minimum Security Unit and an Assistant Chaplain at the Marion Correctional Institution.
It was during his time of serving as a prison chaplain that God birthed the vision for Freedom Life Ministries. Danny has served as Chaplain and Executive Director of Freedom Life Ministries since its inception in November of 2012.
Danny’s hobbies include music, writing, sports of all kinds, golf, and hiking.
Karen was born and raised in McDowell County. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and is currently working on her Master’s Degree in Human Services. Karen’s educational credentials along with her intimate knowledge and insight of the McDowell community makes her a perfect fit in her role as Director of Public Relations and Fund Development.
Karen began her relationship with FLM by serving as Office Manager when our current offices opened in 2014. Since that time she has worn many hats as organizational infrastructure has continued to develop.
Her commitment to her own continued journey and growth with God and her dedication to the mission of FLM has made Karen a vital contributor to organizational success and sustainability.
Her hobbies include sports, photography, decorating, shopping and spending time with family and friends.
Orginally from California, Joy now calls McDowell County her home. Joy has extensive knowledge in addiction recovery including employment as a rehab counselor. She serves Freedom Life as the Office Volunteer Coordinator and as a case manager. Her desire to assist in discipling others to the Lord and to help hurting people in addiction led her to FL.
When asked what drew her to FL, Joy responded by saying, ” I have personally seen so many loved ones that could have benefitted from the love, care and support that FLM offers.”
In her spare time, Joy enjoys scrap booking, antique shopping and hiking.
Director of Client Care
Melissa has called Western North Carolina home for most of her life. Her professional career has been to serve the citizens of McDowell by working in the county office. Melissa has also worked as a volunteer with the DSS Child Services Department for many years, where she served as both a foster parent and also as a Guardian Ad Litem. Her vast experience in Child Services has uniquely qualified Melissa to help FL clients whose children are in the DSS system.
Melissa has served as a volunteer with FLM since its inception in 2013. She has been working as a DSS Child Services Client Liaison and a Case Manager since 2014.
Melissa’s own personal journey with God through many difficult life experiences has given her a seasoned capacity to connect with and care for the clients she serves. Her hobbies include traveling, swimming, and shopping.
Executive Assistant of Operations
Freedom Pressure Washing (F.P.W.) Operations Manager
Tim is the first client Freedom Life served. He has an amazing life transformation story. Tim has vast experience in maintenance and plumbing. He managed a Roto Rooter franchise. He has also served as a Client Care Specialist. He has great experience and effectiveness in identifying with and mentoring clients.
Building and Grounds
James is a man of seasoned experience and wisdom. He has been working in landscaping throughout McDowell County for several years. James is more than qualified to oversee Grounds Maintenance for our FLM offices. What makes James so special to all who know him at FLM is not what he brings to grounds maintenance, however, but what he brings in heart dedication.
James has seen many difficult years in his life. Yet, instead of allowing the difficult struggles of his life be an excuse for defeat, James turned to God and discovered a whole new journey of life transformation.
As an active member and leader at Garden Creek Baptist Church for several years, as well as a dedicated volunteer to the hurting and homeless in our community, James is a shining example of the hope God .
Asst. Financial Administrator Freedom Pressure Washing & BRCCS
Regina is a McDowell county native. She has an Associate’s Degree in Science from Western Piedmont. She was employed by the State Employee’s Credit Union for over 20 years. Her experience in the banking industry makes her qualified to administrate the finances of Freedom Pressure Washing and Blue Ridge Community Care Services.
Born in Florida, Kelly has lived in McDowell County for the past 20 years. She has an MRI Tech degree with 16 years of experience in MRI work. Along with her technical experience, Kelly has been working with people in financial management for over 10 years. She brings much expertise to her work as Financial Manager.