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Vapor Centers & Regional Offices

Vapor Thrift Stores

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OUR TEAM

Vapor Ministries' footprint spans four countries impacting tens of thousands of people. It takes a diverse team of dedicated professionals locking shields with a coalition of church, business, and individual partners to meet needs, feed souls, and elevate God in some of the most difficult places on earth.  A sampling of our global team members is shown below. From our U.S. staff and volunteers to the indigenous men and women living out the mission at our centers, we thank God for bringing people together for His glory and the good of those we serve.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Kenneth H. Polk, CPA, CFP - Board Chairman

Founder & CEO - Arlington Family Offices

Kenneth H. Polk, CPA, CFP® founded Arlington in 1998 and is the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer. Ken sets the strategic direction for the firm and leads the investment team. He also leads the firm in assisting families align around a common purpose and shared family legacy. Prior to founding Arlington, Ken was a tax consultant with Deloitte where he worked with families and their closely held businesses. Ken graduated from Lipscomb University with a degree in accounting. Before graduating college, he attained the investment securities license. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®).

Micah McElveen - Executive Director

Founder & CEO - Vapor Ministries

In 1995, Micah learned life was a Vapor when he broke his neck in a near-fatal surfing accident. God also opened his eyes to purpose. Not able to play football, he picked up soccer and went on to play in College, where he earned a degree in Intercultural Studies. There Micah met his bride and a shared passion to serve the poor and reach the lost emerged. In graduate school, he traveled to Africa and was broken by extreme poverty. Awakened by the experience, a vision to alleviate poverty and multiply disciples birthed Vapor Ministries. He is a follower of Jesus, a husband to Audrey, and a father to Arrow and Given. Author of, “Dying For Purpose,” Micah speaks across the country inspiring people to make a difference while providing leadership for Vapor Ministries.

Quovadis Marshall

Founder & Lead Pastor - Hope City Church, Waterloo

Pastor Q as he is called by his church, is a native of Waterloo, Iowa. He, his wife, Angela, and a small group of friends planted Hope City Church in the fall of 2015 to help people know God, find freedom, and make a difference. Today, Hope City Church is a fast-growing multi-ethnic, multi-cultural and multi-generational church in Waterloo, recognized as the 57th out of the 100 fastest growing churches in America by Outreach Magazine in 2020. Pastor Q has worked with members of Congress, the Mayor and WPD to enrich the lives of people impacted by the criminal justice system. He and his wife have two children.

Pastor Dino Rizzo

Co-Founder & Executive Director - Association of Related Churches

Author, Servolution & Pastor at Church of the Highlands, Birmingham

Dino serves as the Executive Director for the Association of Related Churches (ARC), a growing group of churches devoted to launching, connecting, and equipping churches and pastors. Dino also serves on the Executive Team and is Outreach and Missions Pastor for Church of the Highlands in Birmingham, Alabama. Dino teaches in weekend worship services throughout the year and leads the church to recognize the needs and serve the community. Dino and his wife of 32 years, DeLynn, have three children, two of whom serve in ministry as well. Dino is passionate about seeing believers join together in a revolution of serving others—Jesus style.

Shawn Lovejoy

Founder & CEO  - Courage to Lead, Birmingham

Shawn Lovejoy is Founder & CEO of CourageToLead.com. His heart beats for coaching leaders. Shawn has been a successful real estate developer, a church planter, megachurch pastor, and now CEO of a fast-growing coaching and consulting organization. He specializes in leadership, personal growth, and organizational health, and helping leaders create momentum. Shawn is the host of The CourageToLead Podcast with Shawn Lovejoy and the author of several books including; Measuring Success, Leading Yourself To The Next Level, and Be Mean About The Vision. Shawn has been married for 25 years to his best friend Tricia and they have three children. 

Brent Fielder

Chick-fil-A 3rd Generation Owner & Board Member - Atlanta

Brent and his wife, Angela, are third-generation members of Chick-fil-A's Cathy Family, and they live in Atlanta with their four children. Brent was formerly the Owner/Operator of a Chick-fil-A Franchise in Birmingham.  He loves to share Christ's love locally and internationally. Brent serves on the board of directors of Chick-Fil-A, the board of advisors for Impact 360 Institute, and the board of overseers for Samford University. He is passionate about influencing the next generation and has over ten years of experience leading non-profit ministries to equip and develop young leaders. 

Charlis Brock

Executive Vice President, General Manager & Corporate Marketing Executive - CBI

Charlis is the Executive Vice President, Charlotte Market Executive – General Manager and Corporate Marketing Executive for CBI. She is responsible for growing and operating CBI’s largest market of almost $70MM annual revenues. In addition, she provides executive leadership for CBI’s marketing and branding activities. Her leadership and management skills were instrumental in building the CBI Charlotte team and establishing the CBI brand across all business markets. Outside of the office, Charlis enjoys volunteering in her local community. She is a very active member of her church and spends her time leading a small group that regularly volunteers in the local Charlotte community.

Brant McDuffie

Managing Director & Head of Rates & Securitized Products Group

Brant is a Managing Director and Head of Rates & Securitized Products Group within the Fixed Income Capital Markets platform at Stifel, Nicholas, Inc. He oversees the firm’s institutional fixed income brokerage business serving middle market depositories, insurance companies & money managers across the country. Brant resides in Birmingham with his wife, Sally, and their three boys. Brant is involved with a number of civic service organizations as well as his local church. He currently serves on the Board of Advisors for Highlands College as well as Christ Health Center, United States Israel Education Association, Alabama Policy Institute and the True Vine Foundation. 

BOARD OF ADVISORS

Leslie Baldwin

SPHR First Citizens Bank

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Leslie Baldwin is a gifted senior HR professional who loves adding value to people's lives professionally and spiritually. Since graduating from Metropolitan State University, her twenty-year career has spanned organizations such as Synovus, Lawson Software, and Tires Plus, as well as a 6-year run as the CEO of her own consulting firm. She specializes in guiding executives in best employment practices and currently serves as a Sr. HR Advisor for First Citizens Bank. She is married to Nelson E. Baldwin Jr. and they live in Alpharetta, GA where they both serve in marketplace ministry and enjoy spending time with family, especially their beautiful granddaughter, Ana.

David Pursell

Founder & CEO - Pursell Farms

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After a successful career in the family fertilizer business, which was sold in 2006, David is now CEO and Chief “Visionary” of Pursell Farms. The 3200 acre Pursell Farms Resort, which includes FarmLinks Golf Club and the Orvis Shooting Grounds, is also home to Vapor Ministries headquarters. David and his wife Ellen have six children and four grandchildren.  They love the Lord, pursue Him as a family, and continually seek to intentionally invest themselves in eternally fruitful work. The Pursells met Micah and Audrey in 2007, and have formed a lasting friendship, as well as an enduring partnership with Vapor Ministries. 

Dennis Ross

Founder & CEO - Book Ambition Inc.

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As the founder of Book Ambition Inc., Dennis Ross serves authors and corporations from Wall Street to Silicon Valley. For them, he creates compelling stories used to sell their products and services. As a ghostwriter for thought-leaders, Dennis has written more than 15 books from business to law, self-help to biographies. His innovative approach to story creation is based on a renaissance professional history. One that extends from writing for the best-selling R & B group of all time, Boyz II Men, to heading an equity derivatives division of a biotech pharmaceutical hedge fund. Dennis has a BA in Speech/Rhetoric from Georgia State University and resides in Atlanta, Georgia. 

Pastor Jason Hitte
Founder & Lead Pastor - Lakeside Church

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Pastor Jason Hitte, Sr is the founder and Lead Pastor of the Lakeside Church in Oakland, Florida. His driving passion is to help people learn the truth of God’s Word and walk in the freedom that is made available to us through Jesus. He is also committed to raising up the next generation of leaders in the church. He has been in ministry for 20 years, starting at the age of 21 as a Student Pastor.  Additionally, he was a police officer in Melbourne, Florida for 10 years before starting the Lakeside Church. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Pastoral Leadership from Southeastern University. Jason is married to Caroline and together they have one daughter, two sons and three grandsons.

William White
CEO - Summer Classics and Gabriella White

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William White is the CEO of Summer Classics & Gabriella White, LLC, a luxury indoor and outdoor furniture company that has seen record growth over the past two years. Before becoming President of the company, he developed the indoor furniture line, Gabby, while serving as CMO of both brands. He led Gabby to rank as one of the Top 1,000 fastest-growing companies in America. Prior to joining Gabriella White, LLC, White served as a product manager for Compass Bank and sales specialist for BASF. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from The University of Colorado and an MBA from The University of Alabama. He is a dedicated husband and father of three.

Ken Smith

President (retired) - Spire Inc. Alabama and Mississippi Operations

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Ken served as President of Spire, Inc.’s Alabama and Mississippi operations, overseeing operations of 1000 employees in providing pipeline delivery of natural gas to 530,000 homes and businesses. He began his career with Alagasco in 1981 after receiving a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Auburn.  His civic involvement has included serving on boards of the United Way, Birmingham Business Alliance, Leadership Birmingham, and the Auburn Alumni Engineering Council. Ken and his wife, Lyn, are members of Mountain Brook Community Church where Ken serves as an elder. They have three children and two grandchildren.

Dr. David Stampfl

Gastroenterologist - Gastroenterology Associates

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David graduated from Boston University School of Medicine, completed his residency at the Medical College of Wisconsin and fellowship at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. He currently works for Gastroenterology Associates in Green Bay, WI. He is married to Connie, who practiced as an emergency physician prior to raising their three children. He helped launch a church now called "Word From The Barn" where he serves as an elder and maintains a multimedia resource center. He has served at all of Vapor Ministries centers in Africa and is excited about how God is using Vapor Ministries in the lives of he least and lost.

Paul Barber

President - Valent Group, Birmingham

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Paul has been married to Vicki for 35 years and they have four children and four grandchildren.  They’ve lived in Birmingham since 1985 and are active at Altadena Valley Presbyterian Church. He spent 25 years at McGriff, Seibels and Williams, one of the largest insurance brokers in the US. Paul left McGriff in 2016 to mentor young business leaders with Richard Simmons at The Center for Executive Leadership. Paul was called back to business in 2017 when EBSCO (a Forbes Top 200 Privately Held Company) asked him to lead their insurance agency, Valent Group. Paul continues to mentor young businessmen and focuses on spiritual, character, and leadership formation and development.

EXECUTIVE TEAM

Micah McElveen

Founder & CEO

In 1995, Micah learned life was a Vapor when he broke his neck in a near-fatal surfing accident. God also opened his eyes to purpose. Not able to play football, he picked up soccer and went on to play in College, where he earned a degree in Intercultural Studies. There Micah met his bride and a shared passion to serve the poor and reach the lost emerged. In graduate school, he traveled to Africa and was broken by extreme poverty. Awakened by the experience, a vision to alleviate poverty and multiply disciples birthed Vapor Ministries. He is a follower of Jesus, a husband to Audrey, and a father to Arrow and Given. Author of, “Dying For Purpose,” Micah speaks across the country inspiring people to make a difference while providing leadership for Vapor Ministries.

Conor Gallagher

Chief Operating Officer & Chief Financial Officer

Conor graduated from Auburn University in 1994 with a B.S. in Business Administration, Finance. He spent the next 14 years in the Financial Services industry, also earning an MBA from the University of Alabama at Birmingham during that time. This was followed by 9 years in the Healthcare industry, where he first began to feel the call to full-time ministry. With a strong desire to glorify Christ and serve the poor, he was thrilled to join Vapor Ministries in September of 2017. Conor and his wife Jeanne have been married for over two decades have two teenage boys.

Sommer L'Hoste

Vice President of Marketing

Sommer graduated from the University of New Orleans in 1999 and spent the next decade teaching, particularly drawn to schools in low-income communities. Throughout her career, she felt the call of God on her life and saw her classroom as a platform where she could provide a safe, hope-filled place for children in need. Connecting with Vapor's mission to meet needs and feed souls in areas of extreme need, she took a position at Vapor Thrift Store in 2012, being promoted to Store Manager in late 2013. Over the next 3 years, Sommer led the Greystone team through a period that saw a doubling of the store's revenue and profitability. In 2017, Sommer became the leader of the Marketing team where she gets to do what she loves most - increasing awareness of the mission and helping people make an eternal difference by partnering with Vapor Ministries.

Jack Pope

Vice President of Center Operations

Jack studied business administration and accounting at Jefferson State and has operated several small businesses and an NGO dedicated to reducing recidivism among ex-offenders returning back to the community. He has worked in missions across Alabama and the US.  Jack has been a part of and led mission teams to South America, Cambodia, Nepal, and the Ivory Coast.  Jack felt God’s call to full-time mission work in Africa and join Vapor Ministries in 2016 as a Regional Director. He now serves as the head of Center Operations. Jack is the father of five children, grandfather to eight, and great-grandfather to one baby girl.

Josh Firth

Vice President of Donor Development

Josh graduated from Samford University in 2002 with a B.S. in Biology and a minor in Fine Art. He continued his education at Cumberland School of Law at Samford, graduating with his J.D. in 2006. He spent the first ten years of his career in private law practice, litigating various types of cases, and working with businesses on start-up and consulting issues.  During that time, he and his wife, Jenny, felt the Lord calling them and their three boys towards full-time ministry, but without a clear vision of what that would look like. In March 2016, that call and vision were made clear when Josh joined the Vapor Ministries' team.  Leading a group of outstanding individuals, Josh overseas Vapor's Donor Development department along with serving as Vapor's in-house general legal counsel.

Alain Bulambo

Vice President of International Profit Centers

Alain was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo.  At 13 his parents sent him to South Africa for better educational opportunities. He graduated in South Africa with a Bachelors Degree in Marketing and moved to America in 2001. Over the past 20 years, Alain has held several roles in sales, marketing, and business management. Growing up in Africa, Alain was disturbed by the level of poverty in many communities and developed a strong desire to do something about it. Together with his wife Kiesa, they share a great passion for God and His people.  Joining Vapor Ministries was a dream come true in which he could combine his business acumen, cross-cultural understanding, and ministry passion. He now serves as VP of International Profit Centers and is grateful for the opportunity to generate revenues to meet needs, feed souls, and elevate God.

David Johnson

Vice President of U.S. Profit Centers

David graduated from the University of Mississippi in 1985 with a BS in Business Administration. He joined Walmart in 1985 and spent the next 32 years in various levels of management.  He served the last 22 years as a Market Manager operating markets in South Carolina and Alabama.  After a brief retirement period, David began to pray about an opportunity to use his business background in an organization where ministry and missions were a focus.  In December of 2019, those prayers were answered when David joined Vapor as a store manager at the Vestavia location.  He now serves as the head of the US Profit Centers department. David and his wife of 30 years, Leslie, live in Trussville and have 3 adult sons.  

Mike Davenport

Vice President of Project Advancement

After receiving a BS in Building Science from the School of Architecture at Auburn University in 1983, Mike has spent the last 30+ years working in the construction industry;  in project management, operations, and as the owner of a small construction company.  He is married to Colleen, who is a Registered Nurse, and they have five children.  In 2007, after a short term mission trip to Ukraine, Mike started to feel the Lord calling him toward full-time ministry.  He answered that call to full-time ministry with Vapor in 2011.  Because of Mike's passion for glorifying God, advancing the Gospel, and serving the poor, he looks forward to the work at hand each day.

INTERNATIONAL MANAGEMENT TEAM

 Gibson Mwaura Mwae

West Africa Regional Director

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Gibson joined Vapor Ministries in 2009 as a casual laborer when the Gichagi center was under construction. During that time, he came to know Christ better and was saved. When the center opened, Gibson volunteered as a coach in the league, and in 2012, he was hired as a grounds crew staff member. Today, Gibson is a Center Director, and is blessed to be married to his wife, Alice, and father to three children.

Davies Lule

East Africa Regional Director

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Lule serves on our Africa Regional Team. It was through his everyday interaction with community members in his former career that he felt the urge to use his skills to contribute to a ministry that glorifies Christ and positively impacts people’s lives.  Lule is delighted to be part of Vapor Ministries, serving in his role since June 2017.  Lule and his wife Abby have been married for 8 years and together they have three children.

Christian Nkulikiye

Haiti Regional Director

Christian was born in Mubimbi, Bujumbura – Burundi. He moved to Nairobi in 1994 and began playing professional soccer in Kenya from 1995 to 2008.  He was an Awana Ministry Coach at Hope Baptist Church from 2003 to 2007 which is where he met Micah.  Christian was the first person to join Vapor Ministries in 2005. He is currently a Regional Director.  He and his wife have two lovely daughters.

Roger Kpotogbe

West Africa Regional Human Resource Coordinator

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Roger studied accounting and business management at Defitech University Togo. He is passionate about his role and the daily opportunity to do what Jesus calls us to do - meet needs, feed souls, and elevate God. Roger and his wife, Valerie, have two daughters.

Vincent Okoth

East Africa Regional HR Coordinator

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Vincent joined Vapor Ministries as a volunteer in 2009. He loves working with children, teaching and imparting life skills and discipling them. Vincent has a BA degree in Leadership and Management as well as a diploma in Counseling. He and his wife, Criscensia, have one son.

Selinah Nkulikiye

Haiti Regional HR Coordinator

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Selinah attended college in Nairobi, Kenya, where she studied computers, administration, and French language.  She worked as an Administrative Assistant in a religious institution for 4 years and spent 6 years working in an accounting firm.  In 2006, Selinah joined an NGO where she worked as a Project Administrator for two years before joining her husband on mission to West Africa with Vapor Ministries.  Currently, Selinah is a Regional Administrator. 

Frandieux Clermond

West Africa Regional Finance Coordiinator

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Frandieux's family spent many years struggling to afford the fees to send him to school. In spite of the hardships, he was able to graduate. When the Vapor Ministries center opened in his community, he began work as a Guard. In 2014, he was given a position on the Ground Crew, and two years later he worked his way up to Center Director. Frandieux loves that Vapor Ministries has enabled him to grow professionally, personally, and spiritually.

Patrick Kilonzo

East Africa Regional Finance Coordinator

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After graduating from school in Nairobi, Patrick served as a full-time volunteer for Compassion International at his local church. In 2009, Vapor Ministries began construction of a new center and initiated partnership with Patrick's church. He worked in the construction of the center and was hired full-time as the Child Education Coordinator. In 2019, Patrick was promoted to Discipleship and Poverty Alleviation Manager and now serves on the Regional team as the Finance Coordinator. He and his wife, Virginia, have 3 children.

Carlin St. Fleur

Haiti Regional Finance Coordinator

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Unable to attend school due to a lack of family finances, Carlin began working at a young age. He met Vapor's Haiti Regional Director during the construction of the Dilaire center and consistently showed trustworthiness and a strong work ethic as he performed various jobs. His income from helping during the construction of the center allowed him to finish high school. When the Dilaire center opened, Carlin was hired on the Grounds Crew. Aspiring to grow into a higher role, Carlin learned computer science and English, earning himself the role of Education Coordinator and eventually Regional Finance Coordinator.

Isaac Wambani

Regional IPC Manager

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Isaac joined Vapor Ministries in October 2020. It was through his interaction with the Kawangware center team that he came to learn about Vapor ministries, hence developing an interest to use his gift to serve within the ministry. He serves as IPC East Africa Regional Manager and is blessed to be married to his wife, Jentrix, with whom they have been blessed with one child.

Albert Mukoyani Manyego

West Africa Regional Project Manager

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After completing school in 2000, Albert began working in the construction field in Nairobi. In 2009, he was involved in the construction of the Gichagi center. Today, Albert is a member of the Africa Regional Team, overseeing all construction at our Africa centers.

Albert and his wife, Caroline, have four children.

Frednel Tarila

Haiti Regional Project Manager

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Frednel earned a Bachelor degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Ruben Leconte in Port Au Prince.  He worked with Natcom Telecom from 2011 to 2015 as Vice Technical Director of North Haiti branch and for USDAID as superintendent from 2016 to 2018 on a house reinforcement project for people who lost their houses after the earthquake.  In October 2017, Frednel joined Vapor Ministries as a Regional Project Manager.  He loves working with Vapor Ministries it allows him to fulfill his dream of doing something for the people in need. Frednel and his wife have two daughters. 

Eric Kodjo DJoko

Center Director

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Eric Kodjo DJoko joined Vapor Ministries in 2013 as a volunteer coach. In 2017, Eric was hired on the International Profit Centers crew. Through hard work and values alignment, Eric was promoted several times from  Education Coordinator to IPC Coordinator to Poverty Alleviation Manager. In 2021, he became a Center Director. Eric loves our Lord Jesus and is married to his wife, Pauline. They have one daughter.

Wilfred Katuka Litwachi

Center Director

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Wilfred earned a BS in Computer Science, majoring in software development, from the University of Nairobi. He has volunteered with Vapor Ministries since 2010, and he loves being a part of the impact the ministry is making in the lives of less privileged members of his community. Wilfred and his wife, Torrence, are blessed with one son.

Benjamin Felix

Center Director

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Benjamin worked very hard to achieve his education despite growing up in difficult circumstances. He was working as a school teacher when he learned about Vapor Ministries. He began serving as a Child Education Coordinator in 2013 and was promoted to Center Director in 2016. Benjamin loves the fact that he experience spiritual growth while living out his calling. He considered Vapor Ministries his family. 

Benard Nyutu

Center Director

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Benard joined Vapor Ministries in 2009 as a casual laborer when the Gichagi center was under construction. During that time, he came to know Jesus Christ through the discipleship classes which took place every morning before work. When the center was opened, Benard was hired as the Health Coordinator and was later promoted to League Manager. Today, Benard serves as Center Director. He is blessed with a wife, Millicent.

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Audrey McElveen

Volunteer Strategic Partner Coordinator

Audrey serves as our volunteer Communications Coordinator. She is the wife of Founder, Micah McElveen, and mother to her son, Arrow Amani, and daughter, Given Gracia. Audrey’s qualifications rely on the fact that God often uses the weak, the broken & unimpressive in the world’s eyes to bring Himself glory (‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭1:27-31‬). She has seen God move powerfully in her own life & in the lives of many others. She has been compelled by the physical need and spiritual darkness in the world to work alongside Vapor Ministries to bring the hope of Christ into very difficult places. 

Kiesa Bulambo

Volunteer Watchmen on the Wall Coordinator

Kiesa graduated from Shaw University with a BA Degree in Elementary Education.  She went on to work in the public school sector where she passionately helped students inside and outside the classroom.  In 2015, Kiesa completed her Masters Degree in Pastoral Counseling from Liberty University.  She is passionate about Christ and His mission.  She currently serves as the coordinator of Vapor Ministries' 24-hour prayer program.

Sam Maniscalco

Volunteer Special Projects Coordinator

Sam, a lifelong resident of Birmingham, recently retired from a successful 30 year career in the salon industry. Jackie, Sam’s wife, led the artistic team while he handled all the aspects of the business end. A marketplace ministry was born in the salon when Sam developed a passion for encouraging and ministering to the needs of others. Believing that God had plans for him after the salon, he received a Certificate of Ministry and Leadership from Highlands College in 2015. Sam is grateful to be a part of the Vapor Ministries team and his role in growing God’s Kingdom.

Lyn Smith

Volunteer Hasmin's Friends Coordinator

Lyn currently serves as our Volunteer Hasmin’s Friends Coordinator.  She and her husband, Ken, who serves on our Board of Advisors, had the privilege of traveling to Kenya with us in 2013.  At that time, Lyn was working as a Paramedic and was an EMS Instructor at a community college in Birmingham.  After witnessing in Kenya what Vapor Ministries was doing to alleviate poverty and multiply disciples, she felt God was calling her to save lives in a different way.  Lyn and Ken have been married for 35 years and have three married children and two grandchildren.

Cathie McElveen

Donor Services Volunteer

Having recently retired, Cathie is grateful to focus her efforts on making a difference in the lives of lost and hurting people by volunteering for Vapor.  Through the years, she worked in a variety of industries and capacities and now enjoys using her relational and technical skills to help further God’s kingdom. Randy and Cathie McElveen are parents of Founder, Micah McElveen, and are blessed with four children and many grandchildren.

Sher Carpenter

Executive Assistant 

Sher serves as the Executive Assistant to the CEO & COO. She felt the call to missions early in life while attending the University of Alabama in Birmingham. She has had the opportunity to serve the Lord through many avenues, including the healthcare industry and as a teacher. After learning about Vapor Ministries, she felt a strong leading from God to pursue working through global missions. She was honored to join Vapor Ministries in March of 2014, and is grateful to be a part of helping to reach the lost and hurting around the globe. Sher and her husband, Mike, have been married for 30 years and have two children.

Trevor Drummonds

I.T. Coordinator

Trevor received his certification from Udacity in iOS Programming. He is passionate about helping the community and spreading the Gospel. When he heard about Vapor Ministries, he prayerfully sought a position where he could make a difference using his skills in technology. Trevor is an integral part of the team, serving in the role of I.T. Coordinator.

Ashton Smith

Digital Marketing Coordinator

Ashton graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Global Studies and a minor in Sustainability in 2018. She also holds a Certificate of Ministry from Highlands College. She has seen the immense spiritual and physical need across the world and feels called to be a part of the work Vapor Ministries is doing. Currently, she serves as our Digital Marketing Coordinator, managing social media and design.

Bethaney Roland

Donor Engagement Coordinator

Bethaney began her long-time career with the United States Postal Service in 1995 where she dedicated 24 years of service. During this time, she gained invaluable experience in customer relations and operational support. In the latter part of her career, she felt the Lord leading her to use her skills for a greater purpose.  In 2018, she connected with Vapor Ministries and began a journey serving the ministry as a volunteer.  In 2019, she transitioned from her volunteer role to a full-time role with the ministry. Bethaney and her husband, David, have been married for 25 years and are blessed to have 3 wonderful children. 

Baker Ellis

Communications Coordinator

Baker graduated from Samford University in 2014 pursuing a career in journalism. He became President and Publisher of the LaGrange Daily News in LaGrange, Ga., and not long after, he was handed the reigns to a second local newspaper serving as President and Publisher of two dailies in neighboring cities. The Lord captured Baker’s heart for mission work, and specifically for Vapor, after he was able to witness first-hand the work being done by Vapor in Haiti. When the opportunity to join Vapor’s team as the Greystone Thrift Store Manager presented itself, he accepted. In 2021, he transitioned to his current role of Communications Coordinator.  Baker and his wife, Mary Holland, and their son reside in Birmingham.

Harrison Parker

Facilities Superintendant

After graduating from Auburn with a BA in English, Harrison spent a decade working in the retail space, primarily in management. Harrison then moved into construction, where he spent five years working on commercial and residential projects as an ironworker. Vapor Ministries brought Harrison on board in August of 2020 to oversee the closure of the original bulk bailing and storage facility located in Westover. Harrison quickly proved a valuable addition to the team with his work ethic and attitude, and soon became an integral part of the bulk bailing business. When the Facilities Superintendent position became available, Harrison was the first choice to fill the opening. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, kayaking, and fishing, as well as reading a good book while watching the sunset.

Perry Kenner

Bookkeeper

Perry graduated from the University of New Orleans with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting in 1979, and obtained his CPA certificate in 1980.  His career has primarily been spent in the Financial Services industry, where he served as CFO and CEO.  He has also served as CFO of a not-for-profit organization, and operated his own consulting practice.  After retiring from full time work, he was led to seek a place where he could use his skill set to further the Kingdom of God.  He was guided by God to Vapor Ministries in 2019.  Perry and his wife, Dee, have been married over two decades.  

Stephen Platt

Human Resources Coordinator

Steve graduated from The Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) in 1999.  Upon graduation, he worked in a number of different positions and industries, all focused around people.  In 2013, Steve and his family began to prayerfully consider how he could best use the skills and passions God created and equipped him with for the glory of Christ.  The Platt family was drawn to the vision of Vapor Ministries and the opportunity to invest their lives in eternal matters.  Steve serves people throughout the world as Vapor Ministries' Human Resources Coordinator and is thankful for the variety of roles that equipped him to serve the King.  Steve and his wife, Johnna, are the proud parents of four daughters.

THRIFT MANAGEMENT TEAM

Sabrina Clauser

Store Manager, Vapor Thrift Store - Vestavia

Sabrina is a graduate of Samford University where she studied Human Development and Family Studies.  After graduation, she worked at Edgar’s Bakery until she met her soon to be husband and moved to Maryland.  After moving she started a career with Pier 1 Imports, where she grew with the company and managed stores for 20 years.  After the closing of Pier 1 in September of 2020 Sabrina found herself with a wide-open opportunity to start over with a new company and began praying that God would show her what the next step would be.  God opened the door to pursue a store manager position with Vapor, which would allow her to meld both her love for the Lord and years of experience in retail. 

Nathan Harper

Store Manager, Vapor Thrift Store - Greystone

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Nathan graduated from Blue Mountain College in 2000 with a degree in Biblical Studies. For approximately 25 years Nathan has served in ministry, primarily through the local church and in cross-cultural missions. He began work at Vapor Thrift Store Greystone in 2017 and served as the store’s assistant manager in charge of warehouse activities before being promoted to Store Manager. His wife, Rachel is a social worker. They have three children.

Ashley Elling

Assistant Store Manager, Vapor Thrift Store - Vestavia

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Ashley grew up in the Birmingham area, attending Oak Mountain High School where she was a standout MVP and MVDP soccer player. A series of strokes ended her soccer career; however, the Lord had plans for beyond sports, bringing her to UAB and Jeff State colleges where she earned a Bachelor's degree in Science of Psychology and Human Behavior. Ashley felt the Lord's call on her life, surrendering her life to him in January 2012. In 2016, she became a mother to her little girl, Zoey, and began to feel a call to help and serve others as a vocational calling. In 2019 a destination for that call became a reality when Ashely joined the Vapor Thrift Store team. It is her desire to use the Lord's gifts in her life and her position on the management team to serve her team and point them to Jesus on a daily basis, helping Vapor Ministries carry out its mission around the globe.

Colin Riggs

Assistant Store Manager, Vapor Thrift Store - Vestavia

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Colin grew up on the mission field in Peru and worked as an interpreter and coordinator for medical and educational missions. After returning to the States, Colin studied Foreign Languages and Linguistics at Jacksonville State University and received certification in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). Colin came to work at Vapor Thrift Store in 2020 and now works in the role of Assistant Store Manager. Colin and his wife, Rebecca, live in Birmingham. 

Howie Collier

Assistant Store Manager, Vapor Thrift Store - Greystone

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Howie is the VTS Greystone Assistant Store Manager over Processing. He has lived in either Birmingham or Talladega, AL for the past 28 years. Howie graduated from Sylacauga High School in 2004 with business honors and has worked primarily in logistics and warehouse operations for sixteen years. He currently lives near Talladega with his Boston Terrier, Harley. 

FORMER BOARD MEMBERS

Lani Dolifka

President & CEO - Watermill Express

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In 1984, Lani and her husband, Don, founded Watermill Express, the nation’s largest drive-up, pure drinking water company with over 1,300 locations.  The company, which operates in nine states, is based on providing safe, affordable drinking water. Lani serves as Watermill Express' CEO, managing the day-to-day functions of the company. Lani is not only a successful entrepreneur, but a wife of 26 years to her husband and a mother of two children. Prior to serving on Vapor's board, Lani has served on several for-profit and non-profit boards and has been blessed with many opportunities to give, serve and volunteer.

Mason Crosby

Place Kicker - Green Bay Packers

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Mason Crosby serves as the placekicker for the Green Bay Packers. He attended the University of Colorado, where he played football, earned All-­American honors, and also met his wife Molly. Mason and Molly moved to Green Bay in 2007 when he was drafted by the Packers. Mason was a member of the 2011 team that won the Super Bowl title for the Packers. He and Molly are active members of Green Bay Community Church and have five children. The Crosbys also spend half the year in Texas, where they continue using their platform of professional sports to grow God’s Kingdom and to promote Vapor's mission.

Cal Zant

President - Betenbough Homes

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Cal serves as President at Betenbough Homes, a faith-based, employee-owned homebuilder in Texas. During his tenure, Cal developed some of the most advanced systems in the industry, which contributed to staggering growth. Today, Betenbough Homes is regularly recognized by Builder magazine as one of the top home builders in the nation. His fingerprints can be seen on virtually every surface of their business. He believes that business can be used as a platform to advance God’s Kingdom, and he’s pouring everything he has into that mission. Cal is a life-long learner, a passionate student of leadership, and loves helping others grow. Cal lives in Lubbock with his wife and their two beautiful girls.

Brian Moore

Lead Pastor - Cross Point Church

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Brian Moore is currently the lead pastor at Cross Point Church in Anaheim, California – a growing and exciting church.  Before coming to Cross Point, he would travel around the country speaking to youth ministries, camps, and churches as he served as the campus chaplain at Baptist Bible College in Springfield, MO.  After graduating from college, he served as the student pastor at Friendship Baptist Church in Owasso, OK for five years.  He enjoys spending time with his wife, Shannon, playing basketball, working out, reading, and sharing the good news of Jesus Christ.  Brian possesses a love for missions, preaching and most of all, passion for Jesus Christ.  

Aaron Kampman

Former Defensive End & Linebacker - Green Bay Packers

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Aaron Kampman is a former American football pro-bowl defensive end and outside linebacker who played ten seasons in the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by Green Bay Packers in the fifth round of the 2002, and also played for the Jacksonville Jaguars. Aaron and his wife Linde have four children and are passionate about making much of Christ and raising up disciples in every area of their life.

Daniel Roberts

Community President - First Southern National Bank, Somerset

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Daniel serves as a Community President with First Southern National Bank in Somerset, Kentucky. Daniel had a successful track career at Western Kentucky University, graduating in 2005 with his degree in accounting. He worked at First Southern in Kentucky and served until 2009 when he felt the Lord leading him to take on a more active role in international ministry that intentionally ministered to the poor. Daniel served in India for several months with Good Samaritan School and then began full-time with Vapor Ministries. In 2016, Daniel and his family felt the Lord leading them back to central Kentucky and First Southern National Bank. He is passionate about international ministry and local community outreach.

Kris Barr

In Memoriam

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Kris was the owner and co-founder of Coffee Corral, a unique espresso and eatery in Baker City, Ore. Previously, Kris and her husband, Andy, were owners in the Thomas Angus Ranch of Baker City, a nationally recognized cattle business. The Barr’s have faithfully supported Vapor Ministries from its beginning, both personally and through their business. The Barrs served as elders in their local church and have served in a variety of charitable leadership posts in their community. They have four children and a bunch of grandchildren. Kris passionately loved and served Jesus in her community and around the world. Andy continues to serve Jesus through Vapor Ministries, and with him, we deeply miss and honor Kris.

Robert K. Flayhart

Senior Pastor of Oak Mountain Presbyterian Church

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Dr. Robert K. Flayhart holds a B.S. in Quantitative Business Analysis from Penn State University, a Masters of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and a Doctor of Ministry from Covenant Theological Seminary. In 1989, Briarwood Presbyterian Church called him to plant a daughter church, Oak Mountain Presbyterian, which had its first service on Palm Sunday of that same year. Oak Mountain Presbyterian Church, where Dr. Flayhart has served as Senior Pastor for the past 27 years, has grown to approximately 2600 members. He also serves on the Board of Covenant Theological Seminary.

Bill Boycott

VP of Biologicals and Origination - Koch Agronomic Services

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Bill currently serves as an executive with Koch Agronomic Services. He previously served as president of Sulvaris, Inc., in Canada. Before that Bill was the president of Agrium Advanced Technologies, a branch of Agrium, a Fortune 500 company. Bill has held positions of increasing responsibility throughout his career in energy and agriculture. He and his wife, Sue, live in Alabama. They are both passionate Christ followers and they love Vapor. Bill formerly served in a volunteer role as Vapor's V.P. of Operations, and Sue formerly served as donor relations manager. 

Cary Bynum

Founder & President - blr | further

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Cary is the founder and president of blr | further, a branding and advertising firm with offices in Birmingham and Nashville. The agency works with clients around the country to build brands in healthcare, quick-service restaurants, finance, high-tech, and more. Cary and his wife, Sharon, have four children and three granddaughters. In 2013, while visiting a client in Green Bay, WI, Cary learned of Vapor Ministries and was surprised to learn that, not only was Vapor headquartered in Alabama, but had a store (Vapor Thrift Store) literally across the street from blr's offices. He believes this was the Hand of God opening a door for blr to support this ministry. Since that time the Bynums, along with the entire blr | further staff, have supported Vapor's work in many different ways. Cary and Sharon attend Church of the Highlands and are active in small group ministry. 

Jesse May

Co-Founder & CEO - ChandlerMay Inc.

Jesse is co-founder and President of Chandler/May, Inc., a system integrator specializing in the development and manufacturing of ground control equipment and unmanned aerial systems for the Department of Defense. Jesse has over 20 years of experience in the defense market, providing him with a broad range of business and leadership skills. Jesse, along with his wife Carol and their three children, live in Huntsville, Ala. The May family has a passion for sharing the love of Christ with others through community involvement, globally and at home.

Michael Mulvaney

Trial Lawyer - Maynard, Cooper, & Gale

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Michael is a trial lawyer and partner in the Birmingham firm of Maynard, Cooper & Gale.  He has developed an expertise in trying lawsuits across the country and serves as the national trial counsel for several of the largest companies in the world.  Michael is privileged to have served on the Briarwood School Board.  He is also a founding member of the Board of Directors for the Children’s Literacy Guild of Alabama, as well as a founding member of the National Board of Directors for CareNet, a Virginia based women’s resource center supporting over one thousand crisis pregnancy centers across the country.  Michael and his wife, Sandy, live in Altadena with their three daughters.