Annie Coppedge – Missionary/Neema House
Elishiba Kimani – Operations Manager
Rhoda Akech – 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.
Board at Large
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.
Jody Ray – Board at Large
Jody Ray is Senior Pastor of MBUMC since May 2016. Jody is a second-career pastor, having worked in the financial services sector before entering the ministry in 2000. He received a degree in finance and accounting from North Georgia College and State University, a Masters of Divinity from Gammon Theological Seminary, and a Doctorate of Ministry degree at George Fox Seminary.
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 Kenya. 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.
Bob has been a supporter of Project 82 Kenya since first hearing the story of a mission trip 10 years ago. After retiring in 2015, Bob joined us on a life changing trip of his own, meeting his sponsored child and seeing the mission firsthand. He feels called to serve with both heart and mind. Bob brings his wisdom from extensive experience in leadership and finance to the board of Project 82 Kenya as well as his belief in God’s everlasting grace and love for those in need. Bob has been married to his wife, Juanita, for 31 years and they have two married daughters.
Denise is a retired media executive and has more than 40 years of leadership experience. Since retirement she has served in a variety of volunteer leadership positions at Stockbridge First United Methodist Church , Mt Bethel United Methodist Church , Impact 100 Northwest Florida, and Habitat for Humanity. Denise is a mother and grandmother and has a heart and passion to serve the Lord through the incredible P82 ministry where God’s love is on full display and is transforming the lives of families and children.
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.
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.
Michelle has worked for years with children as a speech pathologist at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Cobb County Schools. She has also volunteered with the Children’s department at Mt. Bethel UMC for over 18 years. Michelle is married to John and they have two daughters, Claire and Brooke, who have also travelled to Kenya with Project 82. It has been a blessing to have a front row seat to witness all that God has done through Project 82 in Kenya.
Mark is a CPA and serves as the Chris Financial Officer (CFO) of CHRIS 180, an Atlanta nonprofit known for its work in the areas of child welfare and mental health. Mark is a long time member of Mount Bethel United Methodist Church where he and his son participated in a mission trip to Kenya. This was a life-changing experience the grew into a strong desire to join Project 82 to continue the mission. Mark is married and has one son and two grandsons.
Scott is the Vice President of Supply Chain for Genuine Parts Company. He has lived, worked, and travelled extensively throughout Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Scott possesses a unique blend of excellent leadership, communication, interpersonal, organizational and negotiation skills. Originally from the state of North Carolina in the USA, Scott and his family now reside in Kennesaw, Georgia.