Royce Watkins was named President and Chief Executive Officer of FCM in May, 2014, after serving for two years as Chief Operations Officer of Abaana’s Hope in Uganda. Royce and his wife, Sandra, spent approximately 16 months living in Gulu, Uganda and working with the FCM missionaries, focusing on developing infrastructure, sustainable life skills, evangelism and discipleship. Royce received a BBA degree from Texas A&M-Commerce in Human Resources Management and served in various upper managerial positions in the Pharmaceutical industry. Though semi-retired, he still serves at the Chairman and CEO of Cebert Pharmaceuticals, which he founded in 1997. The Board of Directors believes Royce’s managerial experience in the corporate world, coupled with the time Royce and Sandra spent in Uganda makes him uniquely qualified to serve in the ministry’s senior leadership role.
Yancy Carpenter was named Vice-President of FCM in 2011. Before joining FCM’s leadership team, Yancy has traveled to several countries in Central America, in addition to spending time in Africa. Yancy began his professional career with Sysco Food Services in 1998 before being promoted as District Sales Manager for Auburn, Alabama in 2004. Currently, Yancy serves as Customer Relations Manager for Sysco, overseeing three major districts in Alabama. As vice-president of FCM, Yancy is responsible for communicating FCM’s vision and strategy to donors, church leaders, and potential supporters. Yancy also serves as a crucial link between FCM and team members prior to going on a mission trip. Yancy has a burden for the people of Sudan and Uganda. His desire to share the story of the persecuted church encourages and challenges many.
Kimberly Burk joined the FCM team as Financial Manager in September 2012. Kim graduated from Auburn University with an accounting degree in December 2006, and worked in public accounting for 6 years where she was first introduced to FCM as a client. During her career in public accounting she provided various accounting and tax services for nonprofit organizations. Kim and her husband, Thor, live in Opelika, AL with their two sons, Max and Finn, and their dog Duke.
Sandra Watkins was born and reared in Texas. She and FCM President/CEO, Royce Watkins were married August 6, 1966, between their sophomore and junior years at Texas A & M-Commerce. After graduation with a BA degree in English, Sandra began teaching Secondary English and Journalism while completing her Master’s degree in Special Education. which she completed and went on to complete 30 hours credit on doctorial courses in Educational Administration. Sandra taught Special Education for 7 years and worked as a Special Education Administrator for 5 years. She then served as Secondary Curriculum Supervisor until her retirement in 1990. She and Royce spent approximately 16 months in 2012-2014 living in Gulu, Uganda working with the development of Abaana’s Hope. Sandra has a special love for the work FCM is doing in Northern Uganda and for FCM’s Career Missionaries there. She began functioning as the Director of Ugandan Operations when her husband, Royce, moved into the role of senior management at the FCM home office in Opelka, Alabama. Sandra and Royce are members of The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, AL where Sandra served on the Missions Team, Pastor Search Team, Elder Selection Team and other leadership positions. From Dr. David Platt’s teaching and being on several short-term mission teams, they felt called to serve on a long-term basis wherever God led. After visiting Northern Uganda and seeing the work God was doing there, they knew beyond any doubt that God had called them to serve with Abaana’s Hope in whatever capacity He leads.
Myron and Holly West of Alexander City, Alabama officially joined Four Corners Ministries in February 2012 and began full-time ministry in Gulu, Uganda in July, 2013. They assist with the planning and daily operational management of the various Abaana’s Hope ministries. Myron grew up a Pastor’s son in Jemison, Alabama and graduated with a Bachelors of Business Science degree from Faulkner University. He spent 19 years in the mortgage industry, most recently as Senior Vice President/Mortgage Manager with National Bank of Commerce in Opelika, Alabama. Holly grew up in Equality, Alabama and worked 21 years for the State of Alabama. Married on June 27, 1992, Myron and Holly have two children serving with them, Ryan (April 15, 1997) and Rachel (January 14, 2003).
Chase and Kimmey officially joined the FCM team when Kimmey took a state-side job with FCM in March of 2012. They were married on December 8, 2012. Chase and Kimmey committed to move to Uganda in August of 2013, as Chase was named construction manager of Abaana’s Hope. Chase holds a Bachelors Degree in Building Science from Auburn University. His professional career has consisted of 7 years in health care construction. Kimmey is also a graduate of Auburn University, with a degree is in agriculture communication with a minor in leadership. She serves at Abaana’s Hope as the internship coordinator and as the director of LifeBeads. Chase is a native of Decatur, Alabama and Kimmey is a native of Enterprise, Alabama.
Martha Ellen Johnson recently joined the Four Corners Ministries Team as the Donor Development and Event Planner. Martha Ellen started volunteering with Four Corners in April of 2013 then interned in January of 2014 and transitioned into a full-time employee in April of 2014. Martha Ellen graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Human Development and Family Studies in May of 2014. Martha Ellen took a year and a half off of school after she got married in 2011. During that time off, she moved to Colorado where her husband was a youth pastor and she was the children’s church pastor at a church in Castle Rock, CO. Martha Ellen is married to Nate Johnson and they live in Opelika, Alabama.
Josh and Kim Moody are from Gardendale, AL. They currently have five children with baby number six due in January 2015. Their children are Ella (9), Avery (9), Addi (6), Steven (5), and Mark (4). They officially came on board with Four Corners in May of 2014. They are currently raising support and plan on moving to Gulu to serve full time at Abaana’s Hope sometime in late summer of 2015. Josh is originally from Albertville, AL and has worked as a mortgage loan officer in his family’s company in Cullman, AL for the last 13 years. Kim, originally from Montevallo, has been a stay at home mom since their twins were born in 2004. They fell in love with the country and people of Uganda when they adopted their sons from there in 2010. The entire family is excited about what God has in store for them as they serve the Acholi people of northern Uganda.
Kristopher and Julie are from Buford, Georgia. They met in Birmingham, Alabama where they both graduated from Samford University. Kristopher has a Masters degree in Christian Education and has spent the past several years as a bi-vocational pastor. Julie has a Business degree and has spent the last several years working part-time in the insurance industry. God has blessed them with 3 children and they are in the process of adopting #4 from Ethiopia. Chase (9), Cooper (7), and Zoe (4) bring them amazing joy. After several years of “praying big” God is leading their family to join the team on the ground in Gulu in January of 2015. Kristopher and Julie are humbled by the opportunity to serve at Abaana’s Hope and to join in all that God is doing to reach people for His Kingdom through this ministry. Their greatest prayer is that the name of Jesus and the truth of the Gospel will continue to be heard and that God will be glorified through it all.
Jamie and Sheri are from Enterprise, Al. They met at Ft. Rucker, Al while serving in the military and were married in 2003. They have 3 children, Vanessa (17), Jacob (10), and Samantha (8).
Jamie, a native of Alabama, retired from the Army in 2012 and for the past 2 years has served as a Pastor for Administration and Bible Studies at the Grace Place Church. He is a graduate of Liberty University and has a Bachelor’s degree in Religion. Sheri has served the Army for the past 20 years as an Air Traffic Controller, first as a soldier, and after separating in 2003, as a civilian.
God began transforming and breaking their hearts for the Acholi people during the 2 years they were preparing and planning to lead a mission team to Abaana’s Hope. They fell in love with the people there and in 2014 began praying about how they could further support them and the work God was doing there. They have answered God’s call to become full time missionaries and to serve the Acholi people with Four Corners Ministries. Their heart’s desire is to see the Gospel shared and lives transformed.
They officially joined Four Corners Ministries in December 2014 and have begun planning and preparing to move to Gulu, Uganda during the summer of 2016. Jamie and Sheri will move with their 2 youngest children, Jacob and Samantha, while their oldest daughter remains in Alabama and attends Troy University. They are currently raising support in preparation for this transition and are overjoyed and humbled at the opportunity to serve God and the Acholi people as part of the Four Corners family.
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