MEET THE BOARD

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MCCH Kenya Board of Directors 2021

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MCCH USA Board of Directors 2021

MCCH USA Board of Directors 2021

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Kim Boswell

Having grown up in Birmingham, Alabama, Kim now lives in the Montgomery area with her husband, Cary. Together, Kim and Cary have three adult children and six grandchildren! With a master’s degree in Social work, Kim has a specialization in planning and evaluation with her professional experience largely centering on serving those with disabilities and mental health needs. Kim currently works as Commissioner for the State of Alabama Department of Mental Health. Kim serves as a Board member of Friendship Mission in Montgomery and enjoys singing and riding her bicycle in her spare time.  

 

We asked Kim what drew her to Mescal’s and what keeps her actively serving in the ministry, and she shared the following: “I wanted to join God where He is already working. I attended the fundraiser last year and I know God’s hand is in everything happening with Mescal’s.” 

Jeff Bush

Having grown up in the Montgomery area, Jeff and his wife, Anna, now make their home in Thomasville, Georgia. After receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Auburn University at Montgomery, Jeff went on to earn a Master of Arts in Worship Studies degree and a Master’s in Business Administration degree from Liberty University. Jeff worked in church ministry for over 10 years and has spent the last 5 years as a small business owner with Jeff Bush Videography. Jeff enjoys traveling and hiking, as well as playing basketball, pickleball, and golf in his spare time!  

 

When Jeff was asked what drew him to Mescal’s and what keeps him actively serving with the ministry, he shared the following: “My wife Anna and I learned about Mescal's through her Aunt who was involved with Mescal's and we have been involved ever since. We have been to Kenya twice, including living with Ruth for just over a month in the summer of 2015. Our plans are to continue to visit our Mescal's family in Kenya as often as the Lord allows!” 

Jerry Colquett

Jerry Colquett joined the MCCH Board of Directors in 2021. Growing up in Opp, AL, Jerry attended the University of Alabama where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree. He went on to attend Southwestern Seminary and earned a Master of Divinity degree. Throughout his career in church ministry, Jerry has served as pastor at three different churches: Little River Baptist Church, Carrville Baptist Church, and Lineville Baptist Church. After retiring from the pastorate at Lineville Baptist Church after serving there for over 33 years, Jerry has gone on to serve as interim pastor, at two churches. He and his wife, Carolyn, have two adult sons, Jeff and Eric, and five grandchildren. In his spare time, Jerry enjoys golf and gardening!  

 

When asked what drew him to be part of the ministry at MCCH, Jerry shared, “I was Mescal Griffin’s pastor and Charlotte’s [Robertson] longtime friend. I have watched as Ruth and Charlotte followed God’s plan and built an amazing organization that transforms the lives of children through the power of Jesus’ saving grace.” 

Jerry Ferguson

Jerry served for many years as a house parent and then as Director of the Alabama Sheriff’s Girls’ Ranch.  Upon retirement from the Girls Ranch, he began serving at Lakeview Baptist Church in Auburn, Alabama, as the Associate Minister and Minister to Internationals.  He and his wife, Karen, have traveled extensively on international mission trips, have a passionate love for people, and a great desire to see the nations come to know Jesus.  They have two children, Scott and Sisi, and seven grandchildren. 

Brooke Glassford

Brooke was born and raised in Pike Road, AL. She attended Auburn University where she received a degree in public relations. Upon college graduation, she worked in the healthcare public relations field until the Lord saw fit for her to begin a full-time photography career in 2011. Brooke has been photographing weddings and families ever since, and one of her greatest joys is photographing our Mescal's kiddos whenever she visits. Brooke is an active member at Strong Tower at Washington Park in Montgomery. 

 

When asked what drew her to become involved with the ministry of MCCH, Brooke shared the following: “A close sister-in-Christ wanted to introduce me to Charlotte [MCCH Board President] to hear more about Mescal's, so I definitely wanted to see what might be in store. I was hooked from the beginning. I count it one of my biggest blessings to have a front row seat to see the Lord's provision, love and faithfulness as He continues to write MCCH's story." 

Andy Harris

Dr. Andy Harris has served several terms on MCCH’s Board, with his most recent term beginning in 2021. Born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, Andy now resides in the Montgomery, AL area. Andy was a member of the United States Air Force for 30 years, where he served as Chief of Dental Services of the Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System. He retired from the military having obtained the rank of Colonel. Since retiring, Andy continues to help as needed with his son and grandson’s dental careers as they practice dentistry in the Montgomery area. Andy and his wife, Kay (who has also served on the MCCH Board of Directors), have been married since 1963. Together they have 2 sons, 12 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren! In his spare time, Andy enjoys exercising, spending time at the family’s beach home in Ft. Morgan, AL, taking part in local and global mission efforts, teaching Sunday School, and conducting men’s discipleship Bible studies. 

 

When asked what drew him to join the ministry of MCCH, Andy shared that MCCH is a “fantastic, Jesus-centered ministry with Godly leadership and outstanding accountability.” 

Kim Hendrix

After having the opportunity to travel to Kenya and visit MCCH in 2018, Kim Hendrix became involved in the ministry and joined the Board of Directors in 2021. Born and raised in Auburn, AL, Kim attended the University of Texas and received a bachelor’s degree in Journalism. She has spent more than 37 years working in journalism and communications related fields, including 26 years as a broadcast journalist. Kim currently serves as Director of Communications and External Relations at Auburn University's College of Human Sciences. She and her husband, Scott, have been married for 25 years, and have one daughter, Annie, who is a junior at Auburn University’s School of Nursing. In her spare time, Kim enjoys sharing at women's conferences, hosting a faith-based radio program, and serving on various boards throughout central Alabama. 

 

When asked what drew her to join the ministry at MCCH, Kim shared, “I've known about Mescal's through Frazer and Charlotte Robertson for many years. In June 2018 I was blessed to actually go there on a mission trip to Kenya and surrounding areas. To walk into Mescal's and be in Ruth and Steven's presence, is to be in the presence of God. His spirit is moving through these great leaders and therefore in the lives of many children with more to come! 

Grace McDuffie

Born in Slocomb, Alabama, Grace now resides in Wetumpka with Terry, her husband of 37 years. She is mom to two adult children, Anna (28) and Caleb (23). Grace serves in the position of Board Treasurer for MCCH. After graduating from Auburn University with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Grace went on to earn her Master of Business Administration from Troy University and work for the State of Alabama Department of Examiners of Public Accounts as a Certified Public Accountant. She is currently retired, and enjoys horseback riding, quilting, making wreaths, and other forms of crafting. Grace is a member of Eastmont Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama.  

 

When asked what drew her to serve with MCCH, Grace stated that she was drawn to MCCH by “watching the undeniable fact that God has blessed this ministry so much. One retired, I wanted to use my skills in the ministry of Mescal’s.”  

Pat McWhorter

Pat has been part of the Mescal’s family since the earliest days of the ministry when he had the opportunity to meet Ruth Owuor and hear of the work God was doing in Kenya through MCCH (then called The Kima Center). Pat is a native of Albany, Kentucky and currently resides in Mamie, Alabama. He and his wife, Natalie, have been married for 35 years and have three adult children, Dyer, Carter, and Hollan.  

Pat is a lobbyist/owner of The McWhorter Group, Inc. based out of Montgomery, AL, and also pastors Hopewell Methodist Church and Mt. Hilliard Methodist Church. In his spare time, Pat enjoys spending time with his family and farming.

 

When asked what drew him to join the ministry at MCCH, he shared that it was “Charlotte [Robertson] and Ruth Owuor - planting seeds and vision in my heart.” 

 

Donna Oliphint

Born in Dothan, Alabama, Donna and Tom, her husband of 36 years, now call Montgomery, AL home. Donna earned her Bachelor of Science in Interior Design degree from the University of Alabama and spent most of her career as a residential interior designer. She and Tom are parents to their adult daughter, Elisabeth, and another special family member, their dog, Tinker! Donna is an active member of her small group at Frazer Methodist Church in Montgomery, is on the teaching team for Frazer’s “The Rock” Sunday School class, and enjoys serving as a mentor in the Mom2Mom program. Donna also serves as a volunteer with the Montgomery Humane Society.

 

When she was introduced to MCCH founder, Ruth Owuor, and heard Ruth’s story, Donna knew that the Lord wanted her to be involved with MCCH. When asked what drew her to serve with MCCH, Donna shared that she has seen the Lord work consistently through prayer in this ministry in ways that aren’t often seen here in the states. In addition, the more she sees the Lord at work through MCCH the more she wants to be a part of the ministry!  

Sherrie Phillips

Originally from Florala, Alabama, Sherrie now resides in Montgomery with her husband, Kamal, and their two children, Isabella and Andrew. For her undergraduate and postgraduate studies Sherrie attended the University of Alabama where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, in addition to earning her Juris Doctorate degree. Sherrie serves as General Counsel for Sasser, Sefton & Brown, P.C., in Montgomery. In addition to volunteering with MCCH as Board Secretary, Sherrie teaches Kindergarten Sunday School at Frazer UMC and serves on the Editorial Board of The Alabama Lawyer publication. In her spare time, you can find Sherrie reading, doing crossword puzzles, and supporting her kids and husband in their coaching/athletic.  

 

When asked what drew her to Mescal’s and what keeps her actively serving with the ministry, Sherrie shared the following: “The children drew me to Mescals. The kids are also the motivating factor that keeps me involved. I also love the direct effect I have on their lives. The immediate impact on the lives of the children is awe inspiring.” 

Charlotte Robertson

Charlotte is a member of Frazer Memorial UMC in Montgomery, Alabama, where she serves as a women’s Bible study leader and choir member.  She met Ruth Owuor, founder and director of MCCH, in 2010 and a deep friendship developed, with Charlotte’s involvement with the ministry beginning there. Serving as President of MCCH, Charlotte has played a vital role in leading the stateside ministry of MCCH, making 8 trips to Kenya since 2013, with many more trips planned for the future, by God’s grace! She says that watching the spiritual growth of Mescal’s Kids over the years and the growth of the ministry has grown her faith tremendously, and has left her standing in awe of God’s faithful provision.  She is married to Steve and they are enjoying retirement, their family, and especially spoiling the grandchildren!  

Ellen Ward

Ellen was born in Montgomery, Alabama, and still calls the Capital City home! Receiving a degree from Troy University, Ellen went on to spend much of her career serving in various ministry roles, most recently as Frazer UMC’s Director of Missions, a role form which she retired several years ago. Ellen has one adult daughter, Jessica, who lives in Sacramento, California, and works as an attorney for Fishery and Wildlife for the State of California. Ellen currently serves as a volunteer in prison ministry, as well as in the “Reader to Leader” program in the Montgomery Public School System. In her spare time, Ellen enjoys oil painting, crocheting, gardening, and reading.  

 

When Ellen was asked what drew her to be a part of the ministry of Mescal’s, she shared the following: “I first heard about Mescal's at Frazer Church. When I became the Director of Missions at Frazer, it was my job to learn about all the ministries that we were supporting. As I learned the amazing work that God and His children were doing at MCCH, I personally began to financially support this ministry as well as through my prayers. My first test of a ministry is who is the leadership and how do they lead. With Mescal's what has impressed me the most is that everything is prayed over before a decision is made. Spirit-led is the only way to do ministry. These precious children are being educated and transformed and their community is being transformed. "