Board of Directors 2018-03-08T16:04:49+00:00

Board of Directors

BHM is governed by a board of directors, in conjunction with the Executive Field Director. These men of God seek to uphold the value and mission that BHM was founded upon. Please continue to pray as they seek to serve the people of Haiti.

U.S.A Board

Mr. Lance Howerton, Interim President

Lance Howerton, formerly served as the Vice President of Operations at Crossings and has worked in student camp ministry for over 30 years. He has overseen Fuge Camps and was Director of Lifeway Kids and has a passion for partnering with the local church to reach the next generation of students. He sees tremendous value in the impact that summer camp can make on the lives of students. He also has a passion for missions and reaching the lost for the sake of the gospel. Lance received his undergraduate degree from Campbellville University and his master’s from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is married to Susan and they have two children, Jordan and Lindsay. 

Kevin Pugh, Cheif Operating Officer

Kevin has been married to Rita for 37 years. They have two adult married children and four grandchildren. Kevin and Rita are active members of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Cunningham Kentucky. Kevin is a partner in a local CPA firm, and Rita is a retired elementary school teacher.

Kevin enjoys helping as a volunteer with the administrative staff of Baptist Haiti Mission and Crossings Ministries. In his spare time, Kevin enjoys working around his farm and trail riding his horses in the Shawnee National Forest. When he can get away and do some traveling, he prefers to be on a motorcycle.

Mr. Ron Pierre, Chairman of the Board

Ron Pierre was born on September 1942; Graduated Ohio Wesleyan University 1964 with a BS degree. He married Barbara A. on August 1965 in which God has blessed them with six children and spouses resulting in 24 grandchildren thus far. He served as an elder at Grace Church of North Olmsted for 45 years and is now serving on the board of a sever Christian missions. He is retired and currently President of Artion Real Estate LLC. and VP of Ulico LLC.

Dr. Tim Jarm

Timothy L. Jarm is the president and CEO of The Center for Health Affairs, the hospital trade association for Northeast Ohio. A member of the American College of Healthcare Executives with over 30 years of experience, he works to bring hospitals and health systems together to collaborate on addressing community health issues and leads the organization’s business lines. Tim and his wife Leigh are building a home in Bainbridge and are delighted to be rediscovering the charms of Cleveland after a 25-year absence. They enjoy spending time with their four children and supporting them in their pursuits of ballet, lacrosse and Marine Corps aviation.

Dr. Paul Chitwood

Dr. Chitwood has served on the Baptist Haiti Mission board since 2013. He is also, Executive Director-Treasurer of the Kentucky Baptist Convention since 2011, serving approximately 2,400 churches across the Commonwealth. Prior to that, Dr. Chitwood served as pastor of four KBC churches and as Assistant Professor of Evangelism and Church Growth at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He has served as an adjunct professor at the University of the Cumberlands and Boyce College. Dr. Chitwood chaired the International Mission Board of Trustees (SBC) from 2008-2010 and spent a total of eight years as board member. He earned his B.A. from the University of the Cumberlands and his M.Div. and Ph.D. from Southern Seminary. He is currently pursuing the Executive Master of Nonprofit Administration degree in the Mendoza School of Business at the University of Notre Dame. He and his wife, Michelle, have four children – Daniel, Anna, Cai, and their foster daughter, Lilly.

Mr. David Melber

David Melber is the vice president of Send Relief for the North American Mission Board (NAMB). He provides strategic vision and leadership for NAMB’s compassion ministries. He has a bachelor’s degree from Murray State University and a Masters of Divinity from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.  David served with Crossings Ministries for 16 years, the last 12 as president and CEO. Prior to ministry, David was vice president of operations for a construction company. He and his wife, Tera, have six children, three of whom were internationally adopted.

Dr. Brian Payne

Brian Payne joined the faculty of Boyce College and Southern Seminary  in 2006. He also serves as senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Fisherville, Kentucky where he has served since 2010.  Payne has also pastored in Lebanon, Ohio, served in several interim pastorates, as well as a three year pastoral internship under Dr. Al Jackson at Lakeview Baptist Church in Auburn, Alabama. Prior to his seminary training, Payne worked in the business world, served at Big Oak Ranch, a Christian children’s home, and taught and coached at Westbrook Christian School. Payne attended the University of Alabama where he played football for four years, and served as a Graduate Assistant Coach for two years. He is the author of the book, Encountering God Through Expository Preaching: Connecting God’s People to God’s Presence Through God’s Word, which he co-authored with Jim Orrick and Ryan Fullerton.  Payne is married to Heather and they have five children: Ella, Nate, Seth, Ava, and Seefen.

Mr. Randall Johnson

Mr. Randy is a recently retired psychologist from Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services, a free-standing psychiatric hospital in Grand Rapids, MI.  Besides providing individual and marital psychotherapy as a clinician, he served Pine Rest as an administrator responsible for four outpatient clinics. His interest and experience in stewardship and fundraising created an invitation to finish his career at the hospital as Executive Director of Pine Rest Foundation. Central Wesleyan Church of Holland, MI, is his life-long, home church. At Central, he has served from Elder to Capital Campaign Consultant. With God’s help, he has been very fortunate to have led Central in at least 8 capital campaigns allowing them to become debt free. He received his undergraduate degree from Houghton College, Houghton, NY, and his MA degree from Western Michigan University. Randy has served as a community advisor to Innotec Corporation for many years creating opportunities for him to be involved in executive coaching, strategic planning, human resource consulting and presently with the Innogroup Stewardship Project. He has been married to Linda Sue for 49 years and they have raised three children, a biological son, and daughter, and one adopted son from Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Dr. Bill Hoagland

Dr. Hoagland is a general surgeon who has practiced in Louisville, KY for 29 years. He and his wife are founding members of a an SBC church called Throne of Grace Community Church. Dr. Hoagland received his undergraduate at the University of Kentucky and also did medical school at the University of Louisville, he then after did his surgery residency at the Indiana University School of Medicine. He and his wife Marte have been married for 38 years and have two married children and three grandchildren.

Canadian Board

Mr. Mark Tenaglia, Chairman

Mr. Martin Durksen, Vice Chairman

Mr. Ian McColl, Secretary & Treasurer

Mr. Harv Gamble

Mr. Robert Bronk