Board of Directors

These volunteers prayerfully seek the Lord’s direction for this unique ministry and make the decisions that determine our future.
Dr. Lonnie Pope

Dr. Lonnie Pope

Chairman and Chief Financial Officer

Dr. Lonnie Pope is a bi-vocational minister and businessman who has dedicated his life to serving the Lord Jesus Christ. He is President of Pope and Co., an equipment manufacturing and leasing business, and is Pastor Emeritus at Trinity Baptist Church in Gainesville, Georgia . He earned his Doctor of Ministry from New Orleans Baptist Seminary and is involved in numerous Christian ministries. [read more]

Mel Schell

Mel Schell

President and CEO

Mel is a nationally known Church consultant called into the ministry from a career with IBM. He studied Church Growth in the D. Min. program at the Fuller School of World Mission and was mentored by Donald McGavran, Win Arn, C. Peter Wagner and Carl George. As a result of his expertise he wrote “Using Computers to Support Total Church Growth” in Church Growth State of the Art (Eds. C. Peter Wagner, Win Arn, Elmer Towns), [read more]

Lee Darragh

Lee Darragh

Ambassador to churches

Lee Darragh is better known as the District Attorney for Hall County and Dawson County. For many years, however, he was a bi-vocational attorney and minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ. He still has a passion for serving the Lord Jesus Christ and His Church. His passion is also shared by his wife Marlyn, who leads our Prayer Ministry, and his son Andrew, who serves on our staff as ministry assistant.