"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 Ministries in the 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’s 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.
Tony was born in Borger, Texas; a small town about 50 miles from Amarillo. As a young man he became involved in running the family’s restaurant business. He continued his career managing a number of food service operations across the country.
Back in the Amarillo area, while working a hobby farm, he decided to secure an accounting degree.
Initially discovering Faith City Mission by enrolling in their “Hope for Men” program, he stayed on, first as an intern, both living and working on campus, and later as the staff accountant, where he remains employed 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."
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 Fox graduated from Fort Hays State University in May of 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in communication studies. She also received a bachelor’s degree in art. While in college, Ashlee worked on several PR campaigns for small, local nonprofit organizations, as well as national, nonprofit organizations. She coordinated a fundraiser for the Western Plains Animal Refuge in May of 2012 and also participated in a student organization known as Up 'Til Dawn. Up 'Til Dawn is a group dedicated to helping St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital raise funds for cancer research and patient care. After graduating from college, Ashlee began work in June of 2012 as the public relations coordinator at Faith City Ministries in Amarillo Texas.
Taylor Huntley is currently a junior at West Texas A&M University pursuing her bachelor's degree in marketing. She plans to graduate in 2015. she previously worked as an intern mentoring students, and organizing services and trips for 9th and 10th grade students at Trinity Fellowship Church. Alongside work and school, Taylor also leads worship for junior high-high school students at Trinity Fellowship Church. She started working at Faith City Mission in December of 2012 as an Administrator for the Tim Tebow “Go Long” Fundraiser. Taylor was hired on as a full time employee in March 2013, as a member of the Public Relations team.
Pace Lawson is the Addiction Education Coordinator at Faith City Mission. In 2008, following his own personal recovery from addiction he enrolled in classes at Amarillo College. He graduated from Amarillo College with a degree in Substance Abuse Counseling. Since graduating he has been working as a Substance Abuse Counselor (LCDCI) in a Therapeutic Community setting. Pace is currently a student at WTAMU with aspirations to further his education. Due to his compassion and experience working with the homeless and addicted, he dedicates a majority of his time to Faith City Mission.
Will Esler graduated from Covenant Theological Seminary in 2012 with a Master of Divinity. While in St. Louis, MO, he worked with an inner-city tutoring program called Firm Foundation Tutoring, and was also a teacher’s assistant for Covenant Seminary, helping with course grading and providing aide for a Dr. C.D. Jimmy Agan’s upcoming book on imitating Christ (due out August 2013). As Lighthouse Coordinator, Will works with families who are trying to break the cycle of homelessness and addiction, and is developing a transitional housing program at Faith City Mission. He also coordinates activities and service opportunities at the Lighthouse with outside churches and agencies. Will resides in his hometown of Amarillo, TX with his wife, Anna, and son, Ender.
"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."
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.
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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.
Letha came to Faith City in 2011 as Lighthouse Receptionist. She attended Amarillo College, focusing on a degree in the legal field, specifically Paralegal, in Medical Malpractice. She has worked for many years in healthcare. She also worked as as Lead Teller for an area bank. As Lighthouse front desk manager, her job duties include working alongside the Hope for Women program in scheduling ladies in the program time at the reception desk where they learn the basics in office procedures. Letha has been married for 24 years to her husband, Bob, She has 2 children and 2 grandchildren.
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.
Paul Dwight is a successful graduate of the Hope for Men Program and is now the Maintenance Coordinator at Faith City Mission. He has over 30 years of experience in electronics, HVAC controls, computer technology and commercial/industrial building maintenance. He holds a Micro-Computer Software Specialist Certificate from Amarillo College and a HVAC Technician Certification from Frank Phillips College.
Before Alfred came to Faith City Mission he was working atNW fiberglass making fiberglass tanks for the oilfields in Pampa. On February26th, 2010 Alfred came to Faith city for an addiction that wasdestroying his life. Alfred went throughthe Hope for Men Program and after graduating he got and internship at Faithcity as the dorm manager. Alfred is nowhead of security at Faith City Mission. Alfred says he feels responsible forthe safety of all who live, eat or work at faith City.
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.