Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is made up of caring, concerned adults from the community. Our board provides direction, oversight, and vision for the Executive Director. The team meets monthly for prayer, ministry updates, and strategic planning.

Meet our Board

  • Heather Montgomery
    Board Chair

    Education:  AA from Oxford College of Emory University, BS in Psychology from Berry College and MS in Management from Belhaven University
    Community Involvement: Mississippi Children's Museum Partners Board, Junior League of Jackson Sustainer
    Church Affiliation/Church Leadership: Pinelake Church, High School Ministry Small Group Leader, Middle School Ministry Decision Counselor 
    Spouse and Family:  Craig, three step-daughters and six grandchildren

  • Ladd Bratcher
    Vice Chair

    Education:  Mississippi State University
    Community Involvement: President, The Insurance Mart Jackson, MS since 1986, An Independent Property and Casualty Insurance Agency licensed thought the Southeast. Also, President of Mississippi Insurance Alliance, a network of Independent Insurance agencies.
    Church Affiliation/Church Leadership: Christ United Methodist Church, Jackson
    Spouse and Family:  Married to Sheila and they have 1 daughters Callie and Olivia, and one son Wesley

  • Lisa Lester, CPA

    Education:  Bachelor of Accountancy
    Community Involvement:  Mississippi Girl Choir Board Member, Girl Scout assistant leader, Junior League of Jackson
    Church Affiliation/Church Leadership: Meadowbrook Church of Christ
    Spouse and Family: Dean Lester, Sr and children Leah and Dean, Jr. students at Madison Central High School/Rosa Scott

  • Eric Pratt

    Education: Eric is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and earned his Master of Divinity and Ph.D. degrees from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and engaged in additional study at Loyola University. 
    Community Involvement:  As a researcher, writer, teacher, pastor, and conference speaker he often is asked to address issues regarding leadership, ethical decision making, spiritual formation, ministry, missions, and making sense out of the cultural and generational changes taking place in society. As a consultant Dr. Pratt works with companies, individuals, and churches to utilize current trends and research to provide insights for growth and adaptation. He currently oversees Campus Ministries, Community Service Center, International Chapel, and Directs the Clinton Extension Center for New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. 

    Eric has served on the following boards: Jackson Youth for Christ, Urban Young Life Jackson, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, TEAM 413, former President of the Association of Ministry Guidance Professionals, Retention Committee for the Clinton Board of Education, Planning Committee for the Mission Mississippi Governor’s Leadership Prayer Luncheon, Mississippi Marriage Covenant Steering Committee, Transformation Jackson, Habitat for Humanity, Association of Christians in Student Development, and a 2011 Graduate of the FBI Citizen’s Academy.

    Church Affiliation/Church Leadership: Eric and his family attend FBC Clinton where Eric was Chair of the Deacons, taught RAs, and now leads an Adult Bible Study class

    Spouse and Family:  He has been married to Penny for over 23 years and they have three children: Grace (Junior at MC), Paul (Freshman at MC), and Chip (10th grade). 

  • Donn Lewis

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  • Tara Hayes

    Education: A graduate of Mississippi College, Tara earned a degree in business administration, and continued her education at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary studying Christian Education.
    Community Involvement:  As Executive Director of Talent and Leadership Development with Chick-fil-A, Tara Hayes has a passion for developing leaders. During her 28-year career with the company, she also served as director of marketing for the Jackson area.
    With a strong belief in giving back to her community, Tara has spent time on the board of directors for the Chamber of Flowood, Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership, and is an alumnus of Leadership Rankin. She has volunteered with Youth for Christ since 1997, and has served on the board of directors for the southern region of YFC. 
    Church Affiliation/Church Leadership: Tara and her husband, Keys Hayes, are on the invitation team at Pinelake where they have been active members for over 12 years.
    Spouse and Family:  Tara and her husband, Keys Hayes, have been married for 27 years and are intentional about giving back to their community and passing on Biblical values to their two children and four grandchildren.