Annie Coppedge – Missionary
Elishiba Muthoni – Neema House Manager
Mary Mutiga – Molo Community Child Advocate
Board of Directors
Ferrell Coppedge – Board Chair
Ferrell has over 40 years executive experience in the banking industry with Bank of America and Regions Bank. He has served Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church in many leadership positions. Ferrell and his wife Libby have raised 4 children and have 5 grandchildren. As one of the original founders of Project 82 Kenya, Ferrell is amazed at the opportunity to witness first-hand God’s miracles both through the people of Kenya and the people of the U.S. serving through Project 82 Kenya.
Jody Ray – Board President
Jody is the Lead Pastor of Mt Bethel United Methodist Church in Marietta, GA. Jody, his wife Shelley, and three children are active in the community of East Cobb. Jody is one of the original founders of Project 82 Kenya. Jody has a passion for developing sustainable programs that meet the physical and spiritual needs of orphans in Kenya.
Mark has over 25 years of executive experience in the banking and finance industries, having started his career with a Big Four accounting firm, and currently holds a leadership position with Regions Bank. Mark first felt God’s call to serve orphans and vulnerable children of Kenya while at Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church and had this passion more deeply ignited while on his first trip with Project 82. In addition to what God delivers to Africa through Project 82, Mark is convicted that God also uses this ministry to deepen his personal walk with Christ. Mark and his wife Holly have two children, who are always pleased to hear stories of their new brothers and sisters in Kenya.
Ryan is the president and co-founder of SwipeLoyalty, a financial technology firm. Ryan and his wife Michelle, were have two daughters, Abigail and Elizabeth. During his first trip to Kenya, he was shown just how great the need is for parental figures in the lives of Kenyan orphans. Serving with Project 82, these needs can be met one child at a time. Ryan and his family are members of Riverstone Church.
Ron is a retired Air Force Officer and university mathematics teacher. He and his wife, Carolyn, are members of Due West United Methodist Church where they provide leadership for an adult Bible Study class. They have been privileged to travel to Kenya four times with Project 82. Lasting impressions from these trips include the pure joy on the faces of the children in Molo, the love that is evident in the lives of the house moms and guardians who provide daily care for these children and the sweet faces of the babies at Neema House. It is abundantly clear that the Lord is doing a mighty work in Kenya through Project 82. Lives are being changed, babies are being rescued and the love of Jesus is being shared.
Stan is a partner with PointeNorth Insurance Group serving the greater Atlanta area. Stan specializes in employee benefits, risk management, and wealth protection practices. Stan has worked with a number of domestic and international firms and has a great deal of experience in the non-profit arena. Stan and his wife Kim have a two children and are active members at Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church. When Stan met his sponsored children, he says he experienced pure “Joy” –a word that he seldom uses. “Seeing the love of Jesus Christ through the eyes and souls of His children in Kenya continues to be a huge influence and time of communion with my Lord and Savior.”
After retiring from a very successful career in sales and management in the steel industry, Ben began to serve as the Director of Men’s Ministry at Mt Bethel United Methodist Church. Ben’s first trip to Kenya kindled a deep fire within him to serve those in need. He regularly leads mission teams to Kenya and is very involved in the homeless ministry in Atlanta. Ben and his wife Betty have 2 sons and 3 grandsons.
Claire, her husband Michael, and their family served as missionaries in Ghana, West Africa for 11 years. She is currently an elementary Spanish teacher in Kennesaw, GA. Claire’s unique perspective having served as a missionary in Africa provides tremendous wisdom and insight. Claire has a passion for children, education and seeing the power of Christ transform lives. Claire and her family attend StoneBridge Church.
Libby is a former elementary school teacher. She is a mother of 4, and grandmother to 5. As one of the original founders of Project 82 Kenya, she is passionate about serving and caring for orphans. Libby has served in many capacities with Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church where she and her husband Ferrell are active in leadership.
Brandon is the Teaching Pastor and Director of Missions at Frazer United Methodist Church. He has been married to his wife Kelli for 11 years and they have two children. They are deeply involved in orphan care as both adoptive parents and foster care parents. They have been involved with Project 82 for several years and are excited to be a part of such an amazing ministry.