"I began volunteering here five years ago," says Taylor. "I sorted clothes in the sorting room so that I wouldn't actually have to interact with the homeless. God required more of me, and I began teaching the women's Bible study here. I was asked to be on the board. In six months, I became President of the Board. A year later I began preaching in the chapel to the guests off the streets. I loved that most of all. The guests just came to be so dear to me." In August of 2007, Taylor stepped into the position of director.
Michael Meil graduated from Texas Tech University in 2001 with a bachelor's degree in business administration, emphasis in finance. He has ten years of banking experience including being a commercial loan officer in Amarillo, Texas. He has been involved with Faith City Mission since 2005 as a volunteer where he leads Bible studies, serves on the board of directors and preaches in chapel. In August of 2012, Michael joined Faith City Mission staff in the role of operations director where he oversees the accounting department, physical plant, public relations, IT, the clinic, capital campaigns and the Men's Team. His passion is to help people to know who they are in Christ and how God distinctively created them. In his free time, Michael enjoys traveling with his wife, Samarah who owns a travel agency.
Raymond Gonzales started working at Faith City Mission in 2004 as the Food Service Director, and in 2006 he was moved to Outreach Director. Currently he is the Director of the Hope for Men, Recovery Program. "My responsibilities come with challenges and great satisfaction in serving the homeless and men working through there addiction." He has been married for 34 years to his lovely wife Joanne and they share three children and two grandchildren.
Dorcas Vivens lived in Turkey, Texas until she was 17-years-old. She was saved at the age of 10 and has worked at Faith City Mission since 2006. "I love what I do. I am blessed everyday that I am able to come and be a part of this mission."
Pam Eubanks is the Director of the Hope for Women’s Program at Faith City Mission. She was raised in an alcoholic home, and started a 12 step recovery program in 1992. She has continued that recovery process for the last 20 years, along with a relationship with God. Pam has sponsored and mentored many people through the 12 steps of recovery. She now knows that was all just preparing her for her position as the Director of the Hope for Women Program and has been on staff here since 2008. She is now certified through the Genesis Addiction Process and has completed over 40 hours of training in Genesis Addiction Counseling. She is also an intern coach and case manage for our graduating students. She helps them with their aftercare and transition back into real life.
Patrick King received M.Ed. in Ed Psych and Counseling from Texas Tech University, a M.S. in C&I from Capella University, and a Ph.D from Southern Illinois University in Group Psychodynamics. He is a National Certified Councilor with the NBCC. While at Campbellsville University in Kentucky he was as associate professor and served as an adjunct Dean in the School of Education. He also served as a campus minister at Texas Tech from 1988 to 1993. He has cross-cultural counseling experience with Texas Refugee Services and served as Executive Director of Driskill Halfway House working with men struggling with addictions. Patrick came to work for Faith City Mission in 2014 to serve as the Director of Education. He also works as a counselor in the Lighthouse REZ Program. His hope is seeing individuals become the person ABBA designed them to be and serve the Kingdom well here and now.
Carson Lyon was born and raised in Odessa, Texas. Following his graduation from high school, he attended college at Rice University in Houston, Texas. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering in 2003, and then went on to get his Master of Civil Engineering degree from Rice in 2004. He practiced structural engineering from 2004 to 2008 and then moved to California to write structural engineering computer software. He came to Faith City in February of 2010 as a student in the Hope for Men Program. After successfully graduating, he became an intern handling administrative duties. In June of 2012 he was promoted to the Director of Food Service where he produces creative and delicious meals for over 10,000 people a month.
"I came to Faith City on July 27th, 2011. I had a serious drug addiction. I worked in the kitchen and wear-house. I did pickups and deliveries for ten months. Prior to my arrival at Faith City I drove semi tractor trailers and sang professionally with various artists. While at Faith City my life changed. My faith was renewed, and my joy was restored.I graduated the program on July 27th, 2012. Today I oversee the department I worked so hard in. Truly, there is nothing to hard for GOD."
John McIlroy came to Faith City Mission and joined the program in September of 2010 after a lengthy struggle with alcoholism. John successfully completed the program in the following year, and afterward, worked at Faith City as an accounting clerk and the chapel coordinator followed by a stint in the private sector. John returned to Faith City in February of 2014 to become the Food Service Coordinator. He enjoys the opportunity to serve others in his position as well as the creative outlet involved in meal planning and preparation.
Rebecca Moses is a wife and mother of three beautiful children. She began working at Faith City Ministries in 2010 as an Executive Assistant. Outside of her duties as an Executive Assistant, Rebecca also worked in donor relations and was promoted to Public Relations Coordinator in 2013. She has a passion for prayer and designed and now oversees a prayer request wall in the chapel at Faith City Ministries. In 2013, stemming from her own past and recovery from addiction,she has started teaching classes on addiction recovery. Her goals are to walk students through completion of the Genesis Process, continue teaching addiction recovery classes, reach out to the surrounding community and continue to work with the homeless and hurting of Amarillo.
Ashlee graduated from Fort Hays State University in May of 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in communication studies, emphasis in public Relations. She also received a bachelor’s degree in art, emphasis in graphic design. While in college, Ashlee worked on several events and PR campaigns for local nonprofit organizations, as well as national, nonprofit organizations. After graduating, Ashlee began work in June of 2012 as a public relations coordinator at Faith City Mission.
Madison Bass is currently going to Amarillo College for her Nursing Degree. She was involved in the Children’s Ministry at Trinity Fellowship Church for the past 13 years and is currently ministering on the Prophetic and Altar ministry team. She has a heart for the Lord to help and lead people to where God has called them to be. Madison started working full time at Faith City Missions April of 2014 as the Volunteer Coordinator with the Public Relations Team.
Shannon Shaffer was born and raised in Amarillo, Texas. She graduated from Brooks College in Long Beach, California and then attended The Art Institute of Pittsburgh online division, graduating with a degree in Fashion and Retail Management. In the past ten years she has worked at a Juvenile Detention Facility with at-risk youth. "The time I spent there helped me have a better understanding of how to raise my own children and two younger siblings." She is a true believer that prayer changes things. She attends Prayer Temple Church of God in Christ, where her and her husband are Youth Directors. Her new journey at Faith City started in December of 2011. She is now the Women’s Manager of The Hope for Women’s Program. Her job duties include mentoring, encouraging, and supporting women fighting addiction to have a successful recovery. She also coordinates community service work hours.
Colette White received her Bachelor of Arts from Rhodes University (in her home country of South Africa), with a double major in Psychology and Mass Communications. She graduated from Abilene Christian University in 2000 with a Master of Science in Psychology. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and has worked successfully as a counselor in private practice for ten years. Colette came to work for Faith City Mission in 2011 as a Counselor-supervisor. Her role is to oversee and supervise the counseling component of the Hope for Men and Women program, which includes group and individual work. Colette’s passion is to see individual’s set free to pursue their God-given calling and destiny, and to find true enjoyment in life.
Seth came to Faith City mission October 20th 2014. Prior to coming to Faith City Mission he worked for The Military Veteran Peer Network as a field clinician. His main purpose was to connect veterans with resources due to the high suicide rate. Seth got his BSW at Texas A&M Commerce in Commerce TX. He did his undergraduate internship at Hospitality House in Mt Pleasant TX. Hospitality House had a program for schizophrenics. He was an associate pastor for nine years at an interdenominational church in Cisco TX. Seth believes God created all of us for a purpose and each human has value. "Life is a journey with a lot of learning experiences. I consider myself a student of life." Seth plans to graduate with his MSSW in December from WTAMU.
"Unlike most of the other staff at Faith City, I acquired most of my education on the streets, both figuratively and literally. Being Outreach Coordinator to me is simply a fancy title for something that comes naturally to me. While I spent a year and a half on the streets of Amarillo I learned where many resources in town are and how to access them. Since I have been with Faith City, I continually strive for ways to help the homeless community feel less alienated from the rest of society."
Clayton Watkins is a life-long resident of Amarillo. He graduated from Amarillo High School and was married to his high school sweet heart for 62 years until she went home to be with our Lord.
Dean began working in the accounting department at Faith City Mission in December 2012 after her youngest son started college. She is a CPA and earned her bachelor degree in accounting from West Texas State University.
Roland Came to Faith City in April of 2013 from Southern Illinois. While at Faith City he enrolled in and completed the Hope for Men recovery program. Before coming here, Roland spent 11 years in the USAF and is a veteran of Desert Storm. He is state certified in Illinois as a Drug and Alcohol Counselor and will soon be pursuing his Texas license. Roland was hired at Faith City as the Lighthouse Coordinator in April of 2014. “God has blessed me with the privilege of coming to Work at the mission everyday.”
I came to Faith City on January 13, 2012. I was court ordered to a rehabilitation facility for six months. I completed the program in January 2013. This has been one of the best times of my life. I not only learned about recovery, but also about my Lord and Savior. With the help of Faith City my life has changed. My life focus is now living the life God has planed for me. I have never been as happy as I am today. I go through ups and downs, but today I know God will take care of me. I am now an intern here. Faith City has paid for me to return to CDA classes and I am working in the children’s ministry.
Nicholus Graves started a career in May of 2014 as the Maintenance Director at Faith City Missions. He first came to Faith City to volunteer serving dinner. Later moving into the work program, he had a passion for helping people.
Being truly delivered from his drug addiction, among other addictions by the mercy and grace of God, Nicholus has a growing passion to see others set free as he has been. He believes that God can make all things work together for good, and that includes taking broken lives, and people who have made disastrous choices in their past, and making those things work toward big blessings to those who love him. With a background in construction, customer service, peer counselling, as well as being a former small business owner, Nicholus loves working at Faith City Missions.
Despite going blind from a rare genetic condition, Cone Rod Dystrophy, in his mid-thirties, with marked determination, Dan entered into a rewarding partnership with God and through the support of his family, he earned his B.A. in Psychology in 2008 from Ashford University, and M.A. in Professional Counseling in 2011 from Liberty University. On September 10, 2014, he became a Licensed Professional Counselor from the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors. He worked as a Counselor during his college internship at Family Support Services doing individual, couples, and group counseling. Most notable was being a Co-Facilitator in the Battering Intervention Prevention Program (B.I.P.P.). As an LPC Intern, at Faith City, he had the pleasure of continuing his work in individual and group counseling with a focus on helping those with Alcohol and Substance Abuse Addictions.
Originally a native to the deserts of Arizona, I came from a family of Doctors and Teachers that helped inspire me to succeed. I learned spanish and english during my youth, then studied at East Valley Institute of Technology. While there, I studied courses in child psychology, as well as teen counseling. I later decided to pursue other venues in education so I took an Electrical Engineering Technician course from ITT Tech. After falling on hard times, Faith City took me in and helped me get back on my feet. Now that everything in my life is back in order I can contribute to society in helpful way and assist those in need who have fallen into the same situation that I did. I can help them out and understand where they are coming from, because I have been there.
Teresa Kauffman was born in Ontario, OR, but was raised in Weiser, Idaho. She graduated from University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho, receiving a double major in Crime and Justice Studies and Sociology (BA). She worked at a Domestic Violence Shelter before moving to Portland, Oregon, where she worked for 6 years at the prisons. She began in a male facility and transferred to the only female facility in Oregon for the remainder of her career for more experience. “I learned so much working in both facilities. My eyes had been opened. There is so much I experienced that it made me who I am today.” Teresa came to visit family in Amarillo, Texas during February 2013 for vacation and God sent her directly home to turn in her 2-week notice and moved her to Amarillo. “God knew exactly what He was doing. Nothing is a mistake from God. I learned I need to have complete faith in His will.” Once moved to Texas, Teresa worked with her uncle and cousin doing construction at feedlots to get back on her feet. Teresa worked at the Texas Health and Human Services and then began her journey at Faith City on June 1, 2014 working as the Lighthouse Front Desk Coordinator. “I am so blessed to be here. God spoils each and every one of us daily. Thank you Jesus for always being faithful and never leaving me.”
Jack Brock started working at Faith City Mission in April 2012 as an assistant to the Dorm Manager, and in June 2012 he was promoted to Dorm Manager.
He is in charge of the F.C.M. Men's Dorm Emergency Shelter, Work program, Missionite program, and the F.C.M. Arad men's program.
These 4 programs provided over 7,400 nights of shelter last year.