Bishop Kenneth Hudson is originally from Hickory, NC. He is a graduate of East Coast Bible College and attended graduate school at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He has served as a Church of God pastor for over 34 years in Western North Carolina. He is married to Jane Brady Hudson who is a Media Specialist for the public schools. They have two sons, Joshua and wife Jennifer; Andrew and wife Samantha. They have three grandchildren, Lya, Jack, and Grace. Bishop Hudson served at the Home for Children on the administrative team at the beginning of his full time ministry and has served on the Board of Directors for 8 years from 2004-2012. He has served on the WNC Church of God Youth Board, Evangelism and Home Missions Board, and the State Council.
Jo Ann Lucas
House Parent, Supply Manager, Clothing Closet Coordinator, Secretary/Treasurer, Jo Ann Schwendenmann Lucas has done it all at Our Home! In 1998 she and her husband, John, came to Our Home and over the next 5 years took on several roles. For a Few years Jo Ann and John's ministry turned to pastoring, and in 2008 they returned to Our Home. Loving to give back to others and working with children in a variety of capacities helped steer Jo Ann towards her work here. While her children were still at home she felt led towards work at a group home but wanted to wait until they were independent before making the move, as being a house parent requires a lot of focus and attention for the residents.
John Victor Lucas, who is originally from Norfolk, VA (by way of his mother), moved to North Carolina in 1986 after visiting frequently and loving the area. Prior to coming to the home in 1998, John worked as a printer for twenty years and then served as a pastor. John, like his wife Jo Ann, has also worn many hats during his time at Our Home, from House Parent, Maintenance Manager, and finally as Case Manager.
Elizabeth (Libby) Richardson has worn many hats, but the hat that fits her best is working with children and youth. Although her first career was with a pathology lab, Libby has always enjoyed working with young people, whether through teaching Sunday School or volunteering with the youth group. Over the years, Libby felt the calling to do more with children's ministry. Through a pastor friend, she was introduced to the Smoky Mountain Children's Home where she and her husband, Larry, began their work in residential group homes. Libby and Larry have also worked at Palmer Home in Mississippi. They finally landed here in 2008, which is where they felt they were supposed to be. And we agree!
Dale Cannon is originally from Lawrenceville, Georgia. He is married to Alise and has two children Stephen and Lauren. He graduated from Lee University in 1993 with a B.A. in Intercultural Studies and has studied at the Pentecostal Theological Seminary. Dale's family served as Church of God missionaries to Brazil from 1998 - 2003. While in Brazil he served on the County Council of the Rights of Children and Adolescents. He also served on the County Board of Social Workers. He then came home and was invited to work at the Smoky Mountain Children's Home as a foster care case manager from 2003 - 2008. While at SMCH he was asked to establish a campus school called Alpha Educational Learning Center. Finally, in 2009 he felt a call to work in North Carolina at the Church of God Children's Home.
Alise Cannon has been a Registered Nurse for 21 years with public health expertise as a Medical Missionary in Brazil. She worked several years as Medical Coordinator for a Children's Home in North Carolina and has experience as an Educator teaching science to Middle School Students. During her tenure in Brazil, she established a Medical Clinic at the Rebecca Jenkins Home for Children (Casas Lares Rebecca Jenkins). She has experience serving as a Public Health Nurse in the U.S. and is a BLS Instructor for the American Heart Association.
She possesses a lifelong passion for learning with a dedication to improving lives through healthcare and education; as well as a commitment to sharing the love of God through public service. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, an Associate of Science Degree in Nursing from Cleveland State Community College and Studied Modern Foreign Languages at Lee University. She is fluent in English and Portuguese, with working proficiency in French and Spanish. Currently, she is serving as Nurse/ Medical Coordinator at the Church of God Children’s Home in Concord, NC. During her free-time, she enjoys time with family and friends, travel, music, and dance. She resides in Concord, NC with her husband, Dale, son, Stephen, bird, Sassafras, and two dogs Bedford and Mr. Darcy. Her daughter, Lauren is currently a student at Montreat studying Environmental Science.
Cierra (Gilreath) Sloop is originally from Statesville, NC. She is a December 2015 graduate of Lee University in Cleveland, TN. As an extension of her degree in Psychology, she is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Professional Counseling. She and her husband, Matthew Sloop, enjoy being involved in their church, and work alongside the church’s youth pastor as passionate youth leaders. She has a desire to see children and teens form deep relationships with God, and develop the skills they need to be effective members of society and world changers for Christ.
Ever since coming to know the Lord Jesus Christ in high school,Suzanne Rose Meehan has sought to live her life showing God's love to others. Originally from Long Island, New York, Suzanne & her family were transplanted to North Carolina in 1989. Her ministry experience comes from serving her Family, Homeschooling, working in a Christian retreat Center, working 3rd Key managerial position in Hanes, & 15 years of facilitating a worship dance ministry in the Charlotte & surrounding areas. Volunteering brought Suzanne's family to the Church of God Children's Home in 2009. 4 years later she was hired PT to work donations & special events, & to run the campus-based clothing supply closet. Suzanne has now been full-time since 2015 when COGCH opened its community thrift store called 2nd Treasures. 2ND TREASURES Thrift store has a dual purpose. The store provides support to the Home & functions as a community outreach & information center that connects people with the many giving opportunities available here. 2nd Treasures Store is open every Wednesday & Friday 9-1 & 2-5 pm & Saturday 9-4 pm. Suzanne's favorite part of being in this ministry is the time she spends with the residence giving them the clothes & items they need & encouraging them in their walk with the Lord.
Don has been serving the Church of God Children’s Home as Plant Manager for 19 years. Don is also an Ordained Bishop for the Church of God denomination. As a part of his ministry of the Gospel, he serves as a short term missionary to South America.