Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Ann Rao

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Born and lived in War, West Virginia until entering Lees McRae College in North Carolina.  Ann relocated to Tampa, Florida in 1968 where she continued her education. She earned a degree in nursing, a BA in psychology and an MA from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Ann’s work experience consists of various clinical management positions within the healthcare industry, including hospital administration.  Ann has many years of experience leading medical mission organizations.  She and her husband, Bala Rao, MD live in Tampa, FL and worship at Idlewild Baptist Church. They have three adult children and six grandchildren. Ann began serving in Akot, South Sudan in 2003. She is the founder and president of Living Water Community Transformation, Inc

Greg Gay

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Gregory G. Gay, Esq. is the President of the Nature Coast Law Offices of Gregory G. Gay, P.A. that has law offices in New Port Richey, Spring Hill and Crystal River, Florida. Mr. Gay was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1973. Mr. Gay is Board Certified by the Florida Bar’s Board of Legal Specialization in Wills, Trusts & Estates and in Elder Law. He is also Board Certified in Elder Law by the National Elder Law Foundation and is designated by that organization as a Certified Advanced Practitioner. Mr. Gay is also a Florida Supreme Court certified civil court mediator. Mr. Gay has also earned a Master of Arts Degree in Biblical Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary and a Master of Divinity Degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Mr. Gay is a member of Idelwild Baptist Church in Tampa, Florida. He is married to Julia Stokes from Miami and they have two adult children and one grandson.

Ben Hale

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Ben serves as the Missions and Evangelism Pastor of Dawson Memorial Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama.  His church began serving in Akot, South Sudan in 2002 at the invitation of the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention.  After that first medical mission project God called to a long term ministry commitment to the people of Akot.  The Lord has done many things that appeared to be impossible in our early years.  However, the most successful days of ministry in Akot are happening now as we serve with Living Water Community Transformation.

Robert “Bobby” Keith

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Bobby Keith earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Auburn University and has also completed academic studies in Astrodynamics post graduate program at the University of Alabama-Huntsville. Keith most recently worked at Northrop Space Laboratories in Huntsville, Alabama with his last position as the Engineering Supervisor. He has also worked for the Federal Electric Corp. as the Advanced Studies Group Supervisor and at Hoar Construction in Birmingham, Alabama as the CEO where he is currently serving on the board. Keith is also passionate about missions and has served 21 years short term mission service in the U.S., Brazil, Romania, Ukraine, Honduras, Venezuela, Spain, South Sudan. He is happily married to his wife, Donna, and has two children Laurie Legrone and Susie Shanahan, and 5 grandchildren.

Raymond & Allyson Lyrene

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Raymond and his wife, Allyson, have been have associated with LWCT since its inception in 2012. Raymond is a retired Professor of Pediatrics. He is a graduate of the University of Alabama and the University of Alabama School of Medicine. He currently serves as Director of the Agricultural Ministry and assists with the student health and nutrition programs while Allyson currently serves as an advisor to the board. Raymond has an associate degree in horticulture and is a master gardener. Allyson has been involved in missions for many decades serving on missions in North and South America, the Caribbean, Africa, Indonesia and China. She is also a longtime supporter of the WMU and its ministries. Allyson served on the board of directors for LWCT from 2011-2014. Raymond and Allyson are active members of Dawson Memorial Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. They have 3 married daughters and are the proud grandparents of 9 grandchildren.

Jim C. McCullers

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At God’s calling, Jim reluctantly made his first trip to Akot in 2007 and has been hooked ever since, returning yearly to Africa to work and worship with Christians of many countries. Jim currently serves on the Deacon Board of Dawson Memorial Church and has recently chaired its Mission Committee. Jim serves on the Board of two non-profits, LWCT in Akot and SRI, a local organization committed to improving lives in an improvised mining community in Alabama. Jim grew up on his grandparent’s farm where he was able to ride the cows, tinker with machines and learn to love gardening. Jim has served as a Boy’s Mission and Boy Scout leader. He and his lovely wife of 27 years, Zhaleh, have 3 adult sons attending universities. Jim is a partner at McCullers-Capps & Associates in Birmingham Alabama and is proud to say that his life is a testimony to God’s patience, forgiveness, mercy and grace.

Rob Miller

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Rob is the Worship Pastor of  Friendly Avenue Baptist Church, Greensboro, North Carolina, a congregation that he and his wife, Anne, have been blessed to serve for the past fifteen years. He has partnered with others on music, teaching and construction mission teams in the US, Central America, Europe, Thailand, India and most recently Akot, South Sudan, to share the love of Christ with others. Rob and Anne’s son, Robbie, his wife Kelly and their ten year old granddaughter, Hayley, make their home in Greenville, South Carolina.

Gracia Suganthraraj & Arun Vedhanayagam

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Gracia began her involvement in the ministry in 2009. As a former home schooling mom she currently serves her community as a Guardian Ad Lietem advocating for neglected or abused children in the court system. She is also a group leader in Bible Study Fellowship. Her educational background includes an M.A. In International Relations from the University of Chicago. Arun serves as an advisor to the board of LWCT. He received a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from the Ohio State University. He is a founding partner of Phoenix Advantage, a management consulting company.His involvement in missions include short term missions assignments to India, Mali and Kazakstan. Gracia and Arun have been happily married for 30 years and have three daughters whom they homeschooled and one son-­in-­law. They have lived in Tampa for the past twenty ­one years.

Ruth Reilly

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Ruth and her husband John are both retired and live in Land O’Lakes, Florida.  They are proud of their three grown children, two son-in-laws and a two year old grandson. Ruth retired from the District School Board of Pasco County, Florida after serving for 40 years in education.  She worked as a teacher, counselor, principal, director and most recently as Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instructional Services. A life long Christian, Ruth feels blessed to have the opportunity to support God’s work within the Akot Christian Ministry primary schools in South Sudan.

Don Steen

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Born in Lake Charles, LA, Don lived there until he graduated from McNeese State University with a BA degree in Secondary Education.  He and his wife, Pam, married in 1965 and upon graduation moved to Ft. Worth, TX where Don earned a MA degree in Religious Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.  In November 1971 Don retired after 43 years in full-time ministry, his last 18.5 years as Executive Pastor of Dawson Memorial Baptist Church in Birmingham, AL.  Don and Pam live on Lake Granbury, 30 miles southwest of Ft. Worth, TX.  They have two adult children and four grandchildren.  Don first began serving in Akot, South Sudan in 2003 and has been on the LWCT Board of Directors since 2012.

Scott Miller

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Scott has served as a lead pastor in local church ministry for 30 years (currently serving at Summit Church in Acworth, Georgia). He became an active Great Commission Christ-follower 16 years ago. Since that life-changing spiritual wake-up call, he has served on 40 short-term international mission trips, primarily in unreached and unengaged parts of the world in Africa and Asia. He also is an active Perspectives on the World Christian movement instructor and enjoys speaking at Mission conferences. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Mars Hill University, a Master of Divinity degree from Southern Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry degree in Evangelism and Church Growth from Fuller Theological Seminary. He is blessed with 34 years of marriage to Chris, and they have two grown children living in Baltimore. Scott’s God-given vision is to mobilize the American Church to be a blessing to the world by praying, giving, welcoming, and going – all for the glory of God.