ECCH 2017-2018 Board of Directors
kenneth pardue, board chairman
Kenneth Pardue was one of the original board members of Ebenezer Christian Children’s Home in 1994. Mr. Pardue continues to serve ECCH as both a board member and volunteer. Mr. Pardue is a lifelong native of North Carolina and worked for the United States Parcel Service for 23 years, 6 of which was in a management capacity. Mr. Pardue has served as pastor of Anitoch Baptist Church for 13 years, and served Stony Hill Baptist Church for over 14 years prior to moving to Antioch Baptist Church.
Mr. Pardue has a great compassion for the needs of children, and ensuring the health and well-being of all children served by ECCH. Mr. Pardue was adopted at the age of 9, and clearly understands the necessity of caring for those who are unable to care for themselves. He is passionate about meetings the needs of children in our community.
Mr. Pardue has served on the Board of Directors of Second Harvest Food Bank. He assists his church in operating a food pantry for the needy, and this food bank currently serves more than 150 families monthly. Mr. Pardue was also a moderator for Brier Creek Baptist Association for 1 year.
Mr. Pardue is married, has one son and one daughter, and four grandchildren.
David Ward, Vice Chairman
Mr. Ward actively serves on the board of Ebenezer Christian Children’s home. Mr. Ward has been an employee of Coca Cola Consolidated Bottling Company for 25 years, and serves Coca Cola as a supervisor and director of the delivery team in Boone, NC.
Mr. Ward grew up in a Christian home and was involved in church at an early age. Mr. Ward serves as a pastor at Westside Baptist Church and has been there since 2003. Mr. Ward has two children, and four grandchildren.
Before becoming a board member, Mr. Ward visited the residential care facility and met with house parents to learn more about the organization. Mr. Ward serves as a board member of ECCH because he wants to see children have a safe place to live and know that they can enjoy life without fear. Mr. Ward believes serving as a board member is an honor, and actively works to promote the mission of ECCH. As a board member, Mr. Ward brings supervisory and leadership skills, and community connections through his church as business. Mr. Ward has received the employee of the month at Coca Cola. Mr .Ward has a Bachelor Degree of Theology from Victory Bible Institute in Roans Mountain, TN.
Gail Walsh actively serves on the board of Ebenezer Christian Children’s Home. Gail has experience as a business owner, insurance assistant, community volunteer, and caregiver for a family member with Alzheimer’s disease. Gail’s business is a local jewelry store called Sister’s. Gail is married with two children.
Gail Walsh serves actively as a member of the board of directors and a member of the PQI Committee. She invests her personal time in dedication to the success of Ebenezer Christian Children’s Home. She is passionate about the services the organization provides and seeing children in the community grow and thrive as a result of their time at ECCH.
As a board member, Gail Walsh, demonstrates relevant business experience, knowledge of the community, access to local organizations, and relationships with political representatives. As a local business owner and a recognized supporter of charitable organizations, Gail has served on other boards such as the West Wilkes Medical Center board. Gail attended Wilkes Community College.
Gail stated, “My heart has been touched by the children of Ebenezer. When I heard word of a children’s home opening in Wilkes County in 1994, I knew God wanted me to help in any way possible. I knew I was to share love, raise money to build houses, and take any opportunity to help these children and meet their needs.”
Allen Davis is an active board member of Ebenezer Christian Children’s Home. Mr. Davis has served Ebenezer since June 2017. Mr. Davis retired from Lowes Home Improvement in 2012 after almost 30 years in their Information Technology Department. Mr. Davis has years of experience in personnel management, project development, management, tracking and reporting, financial planning, and day to day operational activities.
Mr. Davis has a calling to help children within his community. Mr. Davis is a former Boy Scout leader and church youth volunteer. As a board member, Mr. Davis sees the opportunity for the organization to assist children that need love and support. Mr. Davis believes ECCH gives children an opportunity to grow within a healthy environment.
Mr. Davis is married, a father and a grandfather. He has a son and a daughter and three grandchildren.
Mr. Davis demonstrates many of the skills needed as a board member of ECCH. Mr. Davis’ experience permits him to provide management expertise to assist ECCH. Mr. Davis brings years of leadership and finance experience to the ECCH board of directors. Mr. Davis is a graduate of Appalachian State University in Boone, NC.
Cathy Graham has served Ebenezer Christian Children’s Home in a variety of roles since 2002. As a board member, Cathy has experience as a volunteer within ECCH and clearly understands the organization and the services it offers.
Cathy has experience as a teacher assistant in Wilkes County Schools for over 17 years and been a substitute teacher for 12 years. Cathy has been a Sunday school teacher for almost 12 years, and has a compassionate heart for children and Ebenezer Christian Children’s Home. Cathy has three children and four grandchildren.
Cathy has been awarded Teacher Assistant of the Year award and the Unsung Hero Award. Cathy was on the school improvement team at North Wilkesboro Elementary School for 4 years, where the team led the development of a school improvement plan that addresses student achievement needs and monitored the implementation of the plan. Cathy graduated from Wilkes Central High School in 1976, and completed a Certified Nurse Assistance Course at Wilkes Community College.
Aaron Smith is an active board member, and has a great deal of knowledge to offer Ebenezer Christian Children’s Home. Mr. Smith has worked for Maybelle Transposrts, Green Printing Company, Proctor and Schwartz, and Weather’s Office Equipment. Mr. Smith has 15 years of self-employment experience, owning and operationg A. Smith Office Furniture.
Mr. Smith has served on the ECCH Board for two different terms. Mr. Smith is an active member of Antioch Baptist Church. Mr. Smith serves needy Wilkes County residents by providing food to them through Second Harvest Food Bank in Winston Salem NC.
Mr. and Mrs Smith have been married for 20 years. Mr. Smith has been married to German Brooks since 1997. Mr. Smith and his wife have three children and nine grandchildren.
Mr. Smith brings many skills needed to be a board member at Ebenezer. Mr. Smith has knowledge of the types of services provided within Ebenezer, business experience, risk management, and has served on other boards. Mr. Smith retired at age 70 from being a transportation driver at Britthaven Nursing Home. Mr. Smith graduated from Lexington High School. Mr. Smith then attended Industrial Business School in Winston-Salem, NC.
Vickie Love worked in the marketing department of Lowe’s Home Improvement for 21 years. In the last 15 years of this time period, Vickie worked in the Build and Grow Kids Program that was implemented in Lowe’s stores across the nation. During her time as a Lowe’s employee, Vickie volunteered in the Habitat for Humanity Women Build Program, which is a national program that encourages women to work together to eliminate poverty housing. Vickie also volunteered in the Lowe’s employee disaster relief committee. As a first time board member of Ebenezer Christian Children’s Home, Vickie brings expertise in management, leadership, marketing, and knowledge of the community and local organizations.
Vickie is a Wilkes County native, and has two children three grandchildren. She is a member of North Wilkesboro First Baptist Church. Vickie attended Wilkes Central High School and Wilkes Community College.
Will Hartley has been involved with Ebenezer Christian Children’s Home since its beginning in 1994. As a long-time board member and volunteer, Will is very familiar with Ebenezer Christian Children’s Home, its mission to serve children, and the agency’s leadership. Will brings many years of experience as a business owner in the areas of finance, human resources, sales, marketing, and project management. In addition to operating a multi-million dollar business, Will has many years of service as a volunteer for various ministries such as Gideons International. Mr. Hartley is a deacon and very active member of Miller’s Creek Baptist Church in Miller’s Creek, NC. Will has a wife, two grown children, and grandchildren.