Leigh is the wife of a retired army officer and mother to 2 teenagers. After moving every two years she is happy to be settled back in her home state of Alabama. Leigh first became involved with the CARE Center's food pantry almost 10 years ago when it was still in Berkley. Leigh is amazed to see how God has grown this ministry and is so grateful to have a place her entire family can serve. The past 6 years Leigh has worked as a Licensed Counselor with the NOVA Center and New Hope Children's Clinic to provide counseling in New Hope Schools. She loves to see how God uses our abundance, whether time, resources, or experience, to meet our neighbor's needs. Her personal mission is found in Matthew 10:5-8
"Don't begin by traveling to some far-off place to convert unbelievers. And don't try to be dramatic by tackling some public enemy. Go to the lost, confused people right here in the neighborhood. Tell them that the kingdom is here. Bring health to the sick. Raise the dead. Touch the untouchables. Kick out the demons. You have been treated generously, so live generously."
David and Becky Borrow
Since 1993 Bob has been Director of Placement for Fortune Personnel Consultants of Huntsville, a nationwide recruiting organization. This is his second career after retiring from IBM after 30 years of service. He is a member of Gurley United Methodist Church and serves as Chairman of Outreach. In this role he serves on the CARE Center’s Advisory Board and is a strong advocate for the Center. He is often reminded of Matthew 25: 34-46….”For I was hungry and you fed me………"
Bob and his wife Sherry live in Hampton Cove, they have three children and seven grandchildren.
Brittany was raised, and still lives, in Gurley. She graduated from Madison County High School, works as a hair stylist at Styles by Beverly in New Hope and is a Premier Designs Jewelry Consultant. She lives, works, and plays in the service area of the CARE Center. Her heart is for missions as she is active in her church and is involved in the young women’s group “SMAC” (Sisters made alive in Christ), along with the women’s ministry group. She also sings in the choir.
Her faith is steadfast as she lives by her favorite passage from Lamentations 3:21 – 23 “Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”
Carol Ashburn Roach served on the executive board of the Care Center when the executive board consisted of two representatives from each member church. and when all staff were volunteers. At that time, the Care Center was located in the Berkely Center on Old Highway 431 and across the Hwy from her house.
She and her husband are retired from UAH. She is currently a member of the advisory board. and is a member of Chestnut Grove UMC.
Pastor Michael Carpenter, was raised in Owens Cross Roads and having experienced the hardships of life, has a heart for struggling families in the community. Michael received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from Athens State University, spent five years at Candler School of Theology completing the United Methodist Course of Study program, and received a Chaplain Certificate from the Shelby County Sheriff's Training Center in Columbiana. He served the four-church charge, The Princeton Circuit, for three years; CARE Center member church Chestnut Grove UMC for seven years, and has currently served CARE Center member churches New Hope and Oak Bowery, eight and seven years respectively. Michael serves on the board of the New Hope Children’s Clinic, and volunteers for projects in the community and at New Hope School. Michael is also a substitute bus driver, which helps him get a feel for the needs of our community. Michael claims his greatest accomplishments have been marrying his wife, Teresa, and helping her raise their two wonderful “preacher’s kids” under the Grace of God. Michael’s reference verse is 1 Timothy 3:1-7 focusing on ve. 5. “If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God's church?”
Toney O. Heathington
Hartwell Lutz was Born in Montgomery, AL and graduated from Huntsville High School. Later he graduated U of Alabama Law School. During his career he has served in Alabama Legislature 1970-1978 as well he has also served as District Court Judge for Madison County 1978-1995. Hartwell is presently serving as elder in Big Cove Presbyterian Church (USA) and lives in Big Cove with his wife Pat.