Sammy and Wanda Allen came to the Children’s Home via Aberdeen, SD. They have been working at the home since September 2018. Originally from the Raleigh NC area they have been married for almost 37 years. They met at their home church in Raleigh when they were teenagers. Together they have pastored for over 25 years in NC, ND, SD and TN. Sammy and Wanda have two adult children and one grandson, Despin. Kristina is married to Brian (Aberdeen, SD) and Justin is married to Leann (High Point, NC). Sammy and Wanda love to work with children and pray that somehow they can make a difference in their lives.
Anthony and Leslie Frye are natives of North Dakota. After being raised in the church by their mothers, they married 11 years ago. When God called them into the ministry to serve as houseparents for the Church of God Children's Home in Concord, they were ready to go! In their cottage, they work with teen moms and their babies. Their desire is to make a difference in these mom's lives during their time living on campus. They enjoy being a part of both their physical and spiritual growth. Through their lives, they try to model how to live as Christians, even when you get down. Jesus still loves you and like the Apostle Paul writes, you keep running the race to the end of your life and receive the prize in heaven. God be glory forever and ever. Amen
Flemon and Gale Ard from Charleston, Tennessee have two daughters: Larisa Jenkins (deceased) mother of four in Cleveland, Tennessee, and Sallie married to Elijah Mosely in Lincolnton, NC, and mother of three. Flemon is a Church of God Bishop who served as a home missions pastor in Hawaii, a missionary to Kirabati and Honduras, and pastor in North Carolina and Wisconsin.
Flemon is the son of Bishop Flemon Ard, Sr. and Edith Richardson Ard from South Carolina. A graduate of Talladega High School and a Lee College alumnus Flemon’s past experience includes law enforcement and property management with eight years of service to low-income elderly in Wisconsin. He is one of five Ard siblings.
Gale is the daughter of Bishop Richard and Mavis Williford of Goldsboro, North Carolina. A graduate of North Mecklengburg High School, alumnus of Lee College, and graduate of Atlantic Christian College (Barton College, Wilson, NC). Gale taught elementary, middle, and high school in North Carolina. While in Milwaukee, she worked as editor, layout designer, web manager, and communications specialist for Housing Ministries of American Baptist in Wisconsin. Most recently she was a book and publication designer for Pathway Press in Cleveland. She is also an author, independent contract illustrator and children’s book editor and designer.
Ken and Mary Ferrell met at church in the Parenting by Grace Sunday School class in 1996 and soon after blended their family of 7, over 20 years ago. They have served the Lord in many different capacities, but mainly had a heart for single mothers and their children. Their Singles Again SS class sponsored a Clothes Closet and Car Care ministry where each served for several years after they were married. Mary previously worked for a local Christian maternity home which is how she first became familiar with the Church of God Children's Home. Ken has had many opportunities to help single moms with moving or home and car repairs. 'We feel blessed to be a part of COGCH as well as called to help these young mothers and babies in their personal and spiritual growth'.
AJ and Karie are both from the small town of Hickory Tavern, South Carolina. They have spent time volunteering in both children’s ministry and youth ministry. AJ and Karie felt led of the Lord to come to Concord and serve at the Children’s Home. They got married in May of 2018 and then two weeks later were here. Their hearts are simply to show God’s love to all of the kids and to hopefully make at least some small difference in the children’s lives. They have seen God work in their lives and felt God develop a passion in themselves to follow Him further and they want to pass that passion along to our kids here at the home by loving and serving them everyday.