I am in my 30th year on the Lee County Board of Education. I grew up one of 14 children in Clay County. I worked as a teen for many years as a youth worker at Youth Haven Bible Camp. During summers I met a lot of people that were concerned about the young kids in South Eastern Kentucky. Being from a poor family most of my brothers and sisters had to leave school after eighth grade and get jobs to work, but the Lord brought people in my life to help me finish high school and bible school. My wife and I have been with the mission for over forty years. I have two children that attended Lee County Schools. I believe that the Lord brought people in my life to help me, and I believe and have tried to give back to other kids that needed help and encouragement.