Role: Executive Director
Story Synopsis: 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.
Role: The voice and face of Our Home
Story Synopsis: 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.
Role: aiding young mothers on the road to independence
Story Synopsis: When Stephanie Lucas Brewton was little she used to say she wanted to either be a teacher or work at an orphanage. Having now done both, she can Retire! Not yet though, because her heart is still drawn toward children, especially those who desperately need someone in their corner. In 2015 Stephanie came to Our Home while she had been spending time as a stay at home mom after dedicating twelve years to public education. Working with teen mothers is fulfilling and challenging, and she wouldn't have it any other way!
Role: Assists in placement of children and monitors progress of residents
Story Synopsis: 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.
Roles: Hostest with the Mostest
Story Synopsis: 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!