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Meet Our Team

At Baptist Children's Homes of North Carolina (BCH), we believe in the importance of a good team. It takes every one of our staff members to accomplish our mission and vision.

We are committed to keeping BCH at the vanguard of children and family ministry. While we cannot feature all of our 350 plus employees on this page, we can highlight our leadership team that helps to pave the way as we continue sharing hope...changing lives.

Dr. Michael C. Blackwell, President

Dr. Blackwell is president of Baptist Children's Homes of North Carolina. Since July 1983, when he assumed this position, he has devoted himself to the ministry of
sharing hope…changing lives.”

Dr. Blackwell has led BCH to become child-centered and family-focused, addressing needs with specific, goal-oriented programs of service. Under his leadership, BCH became accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Services for Families and Children, Inc. He has directed the formulation and implementation of strategic plans, the successful completion of two major capital campaigns, and the creation of public-private partnerships to better serve youth and families. Dr. Blackwell is also a sought after motivational speaker and author of four books, New Millennium Families (2000), A Place for Miracles (2002), UpsideDown Leadership (2003) and Riches Beyond Measure (2004). The Biblical Recorder cited Dr. Blackwell as one of the 30 most influential Baptists in North Carolina in the 20th century. 

Dr. Blackwell is married and has two children. 

J. Keith Henry, Chief Operating Officer

Henry is the Chief Operating Officer (COO). He provides program planning and evaluation, formulates policy and procedure, and coordinates the agency's overall operations. Henry joined BCH in 2007.

A native of Sylva, North Carolina, Henry earned a BS degree in business administration in 1985 and a Master of Business Administration degree in 1992 from Western Carolina University. He has received nonprofit certifications from Harvard Business School and Duke University.

Henry is married and has two children. 

Brenda B. Gray, Executive Vice President of Development and Communications

Gray is the Executive Vice President, Developement and Communications. Gray directs all fund-raising/friend-raising activities for BCH's statwide services including major capital campaigns. She supervises the agency's development team and oversees the office of communications. Gray joined BCH in 1999.

She is a native of Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina. Gray received a BA from Gardner-Webb University in 1973 and a MA in management from Webster University in 1999.

Gray is married. 

Samuel V. Barefoot, Senior Vice President

Barefoot is the Senior Vice President overseeing Baptist Children's Homes' properties, investments and insurance. He is a community leader and has served state and national organizations where he brings excellence to his field of expertise as well as to the BCH ministry. Barefoot joined BCH in 1981.

He is a native of Raleigh, North Carolina. Barefoot earned a BA in business administration with an emphasis in accounting from Elon University in 1979.

Barefoot is married and has four children.

Nancy M. McNeill, VP, Human Resources and Compliance

McNeill is the Vice President, Human Resources and Compliance. She is responsible for the administrative and reporting procedures, compliance, accreditation, statewide licensure, and employee relations throughout the agency. She also coordinates Performance Quality Improvement (PQI). McNeill joined BCH in 2005.

McNeill is a native of Carthage, North Carolina. She earned a BS degree in business administration from Appalachian State University in 1976. She also received a special certification as a senior professional in human resources.

McNeill is married and has two children.

Bill Chaisson, Treasurer

Chaisson is the Treasurer. He is responsible for the financial management of Baptist Children's Homes and oversees the daily operations of the business administration office. Chaisson is a native of Creston, NC. He earned BS degrees in business, mathematics and accounting from Greensboro College in 1985 and 1994 respectively. He is a CPA certified. Chaisson joined BCH in 2011.

Chaisson is married and has two children. 

2017 Board of Trustees

Carl Anderson Kenneth Lance
Wiliam Boddie John F. Lee
Bobby Boyd Justin Lee
John Cashwell Joann Lutz
Lenuel Chamberlain Karl Milliren
Connie Coble Lyndell Pate
Jim Dyer Wendy Peters
Abe Elmore Marian Phillips
Gayla Freeman David Powell
Jim Goldston, III Elaine Scarborough
Jim Gorsuch Steve Shreve
Betty Greene David Smith
Ken Haigler Sybil Stewart
Marcia Heckman Bobby Tucker
Ronnie Holman Eric Vernon
Gary Issette Sterling Wall
Jerry Jordan Jay Westmoreland
Gail King