Our Founders

Gene & Karen Wolfenbarger

With four decades of full-time ministry experience between them, Gene and Karen Wolfenbarger have been devoted to helping alleviate poverty from Africa to Appalachia since founding The LORD’s Child in 2007. Under their leadership, The LORD’s Child has met the needs of the poor in the nations of Africa, Asia, and in some of the poorest counties in the United States.

Our Executive Team

Melanie Sims Chief Operations Officer

Melanie Sims experienced a dramatic life change with the sudden death of her beloved husband Tyrone in 2018. This life change developed a new hunger for deeper levels of intimacy with the Father, and a burning desire to generously share all that God had blessed her with. Those two anointing meshed perfectly in 2020 when Melanie accepted the position as Chief Operations Officer at The LORD’s Child.

Email: melaniesims@thelordschild.com

Our Creative Team

Emily Keith

Creative Manager

Emily joined The LORD’S Child team in 2016 as an intern and key volunteer. Her heart is to provide help and hope to the Appalachian people with whom she was raised and deeply cares for. Emily is a graduate of Maryville College with a BA in Design. Emily’s heart to serve and creative experience make her an invaluable addition to our team.

Gabrielle Sullivan

Photographer

Gabrielle was raised in the culture of our organization, having contributed to this ministry with her time and talents alongside her parents and grandparents from childhood. She now serves as a gifted photographer, and is currently in pursuit of her degree. Gabrielle’s passion to capture authentic moments is a vital part of being able to share the story of The LORD’s Child.

Nathan Branch

Videographer

Nathan began serving at The LORD’s Child in 2017 as a volunteer. His heart to serve others can be seen in The LORD’s Child videos where he now uses his artistic talents as a videographer. Nathan’s creative direction allows us to capture the mission of The LORD’s Child, and showcase why we serve people from Appalachia to Africa to Asia.

Isaac Kandel

Videographer

Isaac started volunteering at The LORD’s Child as a teenager. With a passion for videography and film making from a young age, Isaac’s skills now benefit the Creative Team as a videographer. His fresh perspective and long standing knowledge of The LORD’s Child has been a valued addition to our staff.

Our Volunteer Leadership

Heather Wood

Volunteer Coordinator

Heather Wood has been a faithfully active volunteer for The LORD’S Child from the beginning. Along with her husband and two young children, the Woods make serving God and people a true family affair. Heather’s servant heart and extensive experience with The LORD’S Child make her a crucial asset in organizing and inspiring our cherished volunteers.

Jean Ann Tucker

Administrative Assistant

Jean Ann is known to go above and beyond in every area that she serves. Her years of administrative experience in the business realm have proven to be an invaluable asset to our Volunteer Team. She manages many of the office duties, and continually helps The LORD’s Child take strides to more organized and efficient systems.

Tom & Eunice Smith

Grocery Coordinators

Husband and wife team, Tom and Eunice Smith, relocated from western New York state to enjoy their retirement years in the Smoky Mountains. Tom and Eunice are now applying decades of administrative workplace experience to overseeing the weekly nuts-and-bolts of the Food Pantry’s supply chain and inventory systems.

Kristi Crawley

Guest Serves Team Leader

Kristi is a genuine people-person who loves God and others with a contagious enthusiasm. Kristi’s favorite part of serving at The LORD’s Child is the time she gets to spend welcoming, laughing, and praying with our guests.