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 Freedom Baptist Church in Goldsboro, 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 and is a commercial loan officer at Fidelity Bank in Burlington. He serves as Chairman of the Finance Committee at Harvest Baptist Church where he has been a member since 1982. He 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.

Alan Wilson

Alan and Betty have been married over 30 years and have five children. He graduated from East Carolina University with a degree in Real Estate. He is a registered surveyor for North Carolina and owns Wilson Surveying in Greensboro, NC. He attends Pleasant Garden Baptist Church. He and his wife are involved in ministering to the Vietnamese Mountain People (Montangard People) who have relocated to the US because of persecution of Christians in Vietnam. Alan says that a ministry like Siloam is a new concept to him. It has been exciting for him to watch God work in the lives of the SMH staff as they work toward the goal of helping missionaries.

April Richardson

April has been married to Jason for 20 years. They have two children, Sarah and Noah. April spends much of her time and energy caring for her family and serving the Lord. Although April was raised in a Christian home and attended church regularly, her true decision for Christ did not come until the age of 27. God quickly began cultivating in April a heart of deep respect, honor, and love for these precious believers who were called and willing to sacrifice so much to reach others who were lost as she had been. The ministries that she is currently involved in at Life Community Church are teacher for 3rd grade Sunday School, Bible-lesson leader for Awana Sparks Club, rotating helper for 4s & 5s (Sunday evening), member of Life Community Home Educators, and care-team participant in Disciples adult Sunday School class.

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. He and 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 differ3ence 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. He and his family currently attend Bethel Baptist Church in Graham and are involved in the music ministry, and 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.”