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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, Development 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.

Bond Kiser,VP, Staff Engagement and Compliance

Bond Kiser is the Vice President, Staff Engagement and Compliance.  She is responsible for the administrative and reporting procedures, compliance, accreditation, statewide licensing, and employee relations throughout the agency. She also coordinates Performance Quality Improvement (PQI). Kiser joined BCH in 2007 as a Child Care Worker. She has also worked in our IDD ministry as well.  

Kiser is a native of Pfafftown, North Carolina.  She earned her BS degree in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1998.  
Kiser 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. 

Board of Trustees

Wayne Adams, Jr

Pam Annas

William “Bill” Boddie

Bobby Boyd

John Cashwell

Connie Coble

Denise Critcher

Dana Dixon

Gayla Freeman

Jim Goldston, III

Kenneth Haigler

Nancy Hall

Matt Hollifield

Roy Howell

Jim Jacumin

Jerry Jordan

Kenneth Lance

John F. Lee

Justin Lee

Joann Lutz

Cameron McGill

Karl Milliren

Lyndell Pate

Marian Phillips

David Powell

Sandy Saunders

Elaine Scarborough

David Smith

Gary Stanley

Steve Strickland

Bobby Tucker

Eric Vernon

Sterling Wall

Chris Watkins

Jay Westmoreland