The Board of Directors

Annual Board of Directors Meeting

Rev. Larry George

Duties: President

Larry is a graduate of Andersvonville Theological Seminary with his Masters in Pastoral Counseling. He is responsible to maintain a yearly budget, promotes the ministry of Siloam by speaking in churches and organizations. He does the fund raising, is editor of the bi-monthly newsletter, pursues the building phases with contractors, and is available to encourage and meet the needs of missionary guests.

Rev. David Jackson

Duties: Vice President

Has served on the board as vice president since Siloam Missionary Homes began. He is senior pastor of Bethel Baptist Church in Graham, NC. Pastor Jackson serves on the board “because it is a ministry to neglected group, our missionaries, when home on furlough. It provides rest, family togetherness and a time of spiritual renewal. SMH is about people, our people, whom we support to carry the Gospel to the world.”

Joyce George

Duties: Corporate Secretary

Has served as corporate secretary on the Board of Directors since it began in 1992. She grew up as a missionary kid in Brazil, and graduated from New Tribes Bible institute. Having been raised as an MK, “I understand what missionaries face as they return from the foreign field during furlough. I believe that SMH is providing a much needed place of rest where missionary families can ‘put it all back together.’”

Ray Soyars

Duties: Treasurer and Chairman of the Board

Personal: He and his wife, Pam, have three daughters, Teresa, Sara and Paige. He attended UNCCH and is employed as a Certified Public Accountant. He and his family are members of Apple’s Chapel Christian Church. Ray says, “After having the opportunity to go on mission work teams, I wanted to help those who had given so much to go on a foreign mission field.”

Josh Stone

Josh is a graduate of Elon College. He is a commercial loan officer at Fidelity Bank in Burlington and also serves as Chairman of the Finance Committee at Harvest Baptist Church, where he has been a member since 1982. Josh has served in many children’s ministries at Harvest including AWANA, Wednesday Night WAVE, Upward Basketball and other youth athletics. He is also involved with the athletic programs at Burlington Christian Academy and Williams High School. Josh and his wife Cheryl have two sons, Jeremy and Grey and a daughter-in-law, Skyler.

Scott Batson

Scott currently works in law enforcement and has been married for 3 1/2 years to his wife Lori, making a blended family of three boys, two girls and four wonderful grandchildren.  Raised in the ministry, he came to know Christ as his Savior at age 8.  Scott has always loved missionaries, believing that missions is the heart beat of the church.  Scott and Lori are actively involved in the ministry and care groups at Freedom Baptist Church in Goldsboro, NC.

Brandon Ector

Brandon is a graduate of West Virginia University College of Law and I practice Criminal and Civil Law in Graham, North Carolina at Hanford Law Firm. His wife, Katherine, and he have been married for three years and enjoy spending time with their adopted German Shorthaired Pointer, Beau. They are members at Bethel Baptist Church in Graham. “I am thankful for the opportunity to serve on the board so that I can do my part in obedience to Christ’s command in the book of Mark to, “Go ye into all of the world and preach the gospel to every creature.””

Rachel George

Rachel is the daughter of Larry and Joyce George, founders of Siloam Missionary Homes. Since her early teens, Rachel has been actively involved in developing the ministry to the 43-acre campus that it is today. She has been on staff since 2012 and is Director of Camp Glory Farm. Rachel is a graduate of Appalachian Bible College, where she has a B.A. in Theology with a double minor in Youth Ministries and Family Counseling. She received her Diploma in Biblical Counseling through Light University in 2017 and  Masters Diploma in Crisis and Trauma Care in 2018. Rachel is ordained through Christian National Church.

During College, she was Youth Pastor at Nehemiah Baptist Church. After graduation, she served for two years as a third grade teacher and coach. In 2004, Rachel was a missionary teacher in Manaus, Brazil for a semester. She has served as Keynote Speaker at Youth Conferences and as Devotional Speaker during Siloam’s summer work-team camps. Because of some personal struggles that she faced as a child and young adult, she has a passion to drive people to dig deeper into their relationship with Christ, through her testimony of redemption through Jesus.

Tom Johns

Duties: Trustee

Tom Johns has served on the Board of Directors 2005-2007 and 2012-2014. He and his wife, Doris, have three children and is employed at Cherokee Division of Forest River RV in Topeka, Indiana. His family are members of Maple Grove Church where he has been a member of the Pastoral Leadership Team. He and Doris have also been leaders of the high school youth program at their church for many years. “I am on the Board because I have seen the difference Siloam makes in the lives of those who stay here. They are able to relax, recharge and then re-enter the mission field with the excitement and enthusiasm they had when they were first called. I have also seen the difference Siloam makes in the lives of those who volunteer their time for work projects.”

Michael Gay

Michael Gay is a graduate of Bob Jones University, with a bachelor’s in Bible and a master’s degree in Pastoral Studies. He has also completed a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Duke University. He and his wife, Valerie, participated in a small church ministry during their time in graduate school, with Michael leading the singing and teaching the adult Sunday School class. During this time they were preparing to begin deputation with plans to move to Quebec to initially assist another church planter then move on to another location to start new churches. After travelling on deputation for a little over three years and raising nearly 80% of their support, Valerie contracted Lyme Disease for the second time and due to health issues they took a leave of absence from their mission board, notified their supporting churches, and settled in North Carolina.

While here in North Carolina the Lord has provided the opportunity for Michael to work with nonprofits based in North Carolina through his role as Operations Manager at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation. He also served for nearly two years as interim pastor at a small church in Durham. His family attend Bethel Baptist Church in Graham and are involved in the music ministry. Michael teaches a senior adult Sunday School class.

Gary Simmons

Duties: Board Member Emeritus

Gary was Project Engineer for eight years before he went home to be with the Lord in June 2002. He was responsible to help plan future development of SMH, working with blueprints, building inspectors. Personal: He and his wife, Sherry, have one daughter. He attended NCSU and was a professional engineer and land surveyor, owner of Simmons Engineering and Surveying. He was a deacon at Kerr’s Chapel Baptist Church. Gary “felt a calling to answer an urgent need for the most deserving missionaries.”

Wilbur Abbey

Duties: Board Member Emeritus and Co-Founder

Wilbur served as a missionary with New Tribes Mission for 35 years and was co-founder of Siloam Missionary Homes. He was actively involved at Siloam until he went home to be with the Lord in May, 2003. He told us, “I know by experience what it is to come home on furlough and not have a place to call home. Although Christians are most gracious and hospitable, missionaries need to have a place where they can establish a normal home life as a family.”