OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Jeff Connor, Chairman – Jeff is a highly successful, resourceful business owner that has many years of experience in building relationships that matter. He understands the power of joining the business owners who know how to make money with a cause that makes an eternal difference! He and his wife, Patty, have been allies for pastors and their wives for years before he joined this nonprofit Board, already encouraging others to Get Involved. He and his wife Patty have a burning desire to serve the Lord, especially in the area of providing care for pastors. They live in Florida with two of their children and live with the anticipation that their efforts will yield great fruit for the Kingdom of God, and the benefit of their children’s children!

Ron Cook, Member – Ron and his wife, Rodetta, have been married 35 years. They have actively served the Lord together in ministry during their entire married life and are co-founders of Care for Pastors (CfP). Ron earned his BS degree from Liberty University in 1979. Upon graduation, he pastored two churches in West Virginia from 1980-1988 before returning to Lynchburg, VA, to complete his Masters Degree in Counseling at Liberty. He was also on the pastoral staff at Thomas Road Baptist Church in Lynchburg from 1989-1997.Ron and Rodetta came to Florida to serve at First Baptist Church of Leesburg, and in April of 2000 he was called to be the Senior Pastor at a new church plant called Southpointe Baptist Fellowship. During their service at Southpointe, the church grew to over 800 members with multiple services and several community affecting outreaches.

The ministry of Care for Pastors was launched in 2004 and the church was very supportive of the mission of CfP. At the Holy Spirit’s leading, Ron stepped out of his role as Lead Pastor at Southpointe Baptist Fellowship in January of 2011 to dedicate his full attention to the development of this nonprofit, to ensure it reached its full potential to minister to pastoral families. His passion to care for pastors includes helping others Get Involved to make an eternal difference.

Shirley Fowler, Member – Shirley is a native Floridian that has served 20+ years in the customer service area with a utility company and also served on a church staff as a financial secretary. Because of Shirley’s experience with ministry she has a burning desire to come alongside pastors and their spouses to encourage them and see healing brought in their lives. Her generous spirit has caused her to reach out to others and compel them to Get Involved. She and her husband are extremely generous and their financial investment in our nonprofit evidences the level of their commitment.

Giove (Joe) Pici, Member – Joe is a strategist for top sales professionals and a coach specializing in results driven sales training through Rapport Mastery℠. Since 1992 he has functioned as a catalyst for sales teams and individuals, helping them sharpen their skills for creating appointments and closing sales through his live phone call workshops. Joe and his wife, Dawn, have created a methodology for results-driven training programs that assist individuals and organizations in accomplishing more through Rapport MasteryTM. Joe honed his leadership skills coaching football for 20 years at the high school and college level. He formed his bond with Ron and Rodetta Cook, our nonprofit Founders, during his time coaching at Liberty University. Joe has always been active in his church and community working with youths and young men. Joe, together with his wife Dawn, have two children and two grandchildren. If you connect with Joe, you’ll be stretched as a person, equipped in your business field, and challenged to personally Get Involved using your time, talents and treasures in a manner that honors the Lord and makes a difference that is measurable and impactful.

Kathy Dustin, Member – Kathy moved to Central Florida after graduating Syracuse University with her B.S. in Elementary and Special Education. After several years of teaching in the in the Sumter County School District she went on to earn her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from St. Leo University.  For more than a decade, she has served the students and community as a school principal and district administrator in Sumter County Schools. Over the last 20 years, Kathy has had the opportunity to actively serve in churches as a children’s ministry director, VBS coordinator, leadership team in a church plant and various teaching roles from Pre-School to adults. Through many friendships with pastors, pastors wives and their families, she sees the ongoing need to Get Involved and support Care for Pastors.