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Leadership

Sean A. Milner, Executive Director

Sean A. Milner became the 11th executive director of The Baptist Children’s Village in November 2016.  Prior to coming to The BCV Milner was a successful attorney in Clinton, MS, served on the Mississippi State Ethics Commission and numerous other community boards including a Christian school.  Milner is no stranger to The Baptist Children's Village. In the spring of 1969 he arrived at The BCV, the place that would be his home for the next 18 years. As a resident of The BCV, he lived on both the India Nunnery Campus in Jackson and at, what was then, the New Albany Satellite Campus. While at The BCV, Milner graduated from W. P. Daniel High School in New Albany and received his undergraduate degree in Psychology from Mississippi College in 1987 with a minor in English. He completed his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from The Mississippi College School of Law in 1993. He and his wife, Elizabeth, are active members of Morrison Heights Baptist Church in Clinton. They are the parents of two adult children, Rebecca and Nathaniel.​

 

C. Randy Cotton, Ph.D., Director of Clinical Services

Dr. Cotton is a Clinical Psychologist who joined The BCV staff in 1999.  He has practiced in hospital and outpatient settings, consulted with public, private and medical agencies, and taught psychology at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.  Dr. Cotton earned his Bachelors Degree from Southeastern Louisiana University, and his Masters and Doctoral Degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi.  He completed his internship in the University of Tennessee Memphis, Professional Psychology Internship Consortium.  He is a regular presenter at the Annual Southern Baptist Childcare Symposium and at the Alabama Baptist Children's Homes Camp of Champions annual retreat.  He speaks frequently on parenting, family relationships, childhood emotional and mental health issues, and related topics.
 

 

 

Celeste Cade Hickman, APR, Public Relations Manager

Celeste came to The Baptist Children's Village in 1997 after completing a degree in Communication with an emphasis in Public Relations from Mississippi College. In 2016, she earned Accreditation in Public Relations from the Universal Accreditation Board. At The Baptist Children's Village, Celeste serves as the Public Relations Manager.  In that capacity, she oversees special projects and fundraising mail appeals, assists in strategic planning, manages social and electronic media, educates the community about The BCV, especially through public speaking and events at local churches, and assists with special events.  Celeste has served in many leadership positions in both professional organizations and community service organizations. Celeste and her husband, Tommy, are active members of Mount Hermon Baptist Church.

 

Mark Mathis
Campus Director, Fikes-Gatewood Campus
Campus Director, Powell-Walley Campus

Mark joined The BCV staff in May 1998 as a Resident Assistant at the Farrow Manor Campus while attending Blue Mountain College.  After graduating college in 2000, Mark accepted a full time student ministry positon in Vicksburg, MS.  Mark rejoined The BCV staff in August 2003 as a houseparent and in a maintenance position at the Farrow Manor Campus.  He began the positon of Campus Director in July 2012.  Mark received his B.S. Degree in Church Related Vocations with emphasis in Bible, Religious Education, and Recreation.  He has also served as a bi-vocational student minister and as the Marshall County Associational Student Camp Director.  In his free time, Mark enjoys playing golf, fishing and being cub master of Pack 70 in Marion, MS.   Mark currently resides in Meridian, MS, with his wife, Jamie, and son and is an active member of Northcrest Baptist Church where he serves on the media team. 

 

 

Tom Prather, Ph.D., Director of Human Resources

Dr. Prather previously has served Mississippi Baptist through the Mississippi Baptist Convention Board as a Church Growth Consultant and Minister of Education and Administration in the local church. He also served at Mississippi College as Assistant to the President and Director of Financial Aid. In addition, in his career he has served as Headmaster for two Christian Schools and was a teacher and coach in the Clinton School system. His introduction to The BCV began during college at MC when he volunteered as a cottage tutor and then later he lived on campus in Friendship cottage while working in the campus sports ministry. Dr. Prather received his B.S. Degree in Business and his Master’s in Education degrees from Mississippi College. He received his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of Mississippi. He and his wife Vicki have three adult sons and are active members of Broadmoor Baptist Church, Madision, MS.

 

 

Kim Reed, LSW, Campus Director, India Nunnery Campus

Kim joined The Baptist Children's Village staff in May 2012 as Campus Director of the India Nunnery Campus in Star, MS.  Mrs. Reed is a licensed Master Social Worker through The Mississippi State Board of Examiners for Social Workers and Marriage & Family Therapists.  Before coming to The Baptist Children's Village, she worked in the mental health and medical fields, as well as, worked for the Mississippi Department of Human Services. She attended Hinds Community College and then Mississippi State University where she received a Bachelor in Social Work degree.  She also completed a Master in Social Work degree from Jackson State University.

 

 

 

Chad Sauls, Campus Director, Deanash Campus

Chad received both his Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and his Master's Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Mississippi College.
 

 

 

 

 

 

Kristen Slaven, Social Services Director

Kristen is a Licensed Professional Counselor who joined The Baptist Children’s Village staff in 2012.  Before coming to the BCV, Kristen spent several years working in the mental health field serving underprivileged populations in rural Mississippi. She has a special interest in working with children, particularly through the use of play-based therapy. Kristen earned both her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from Delta State University, where she was the recipient of the Ann Mohead-Whittle Award for exemplary academic competence and clinical practice.  She has also completed post-graduate course work specializing in therapeutic interventions for children. In addition to being a Board Qualified Supervisor, Kristen is an active member of the Mississippi Counseling Association and the Mississippi Licensed Professional Counselors Association.

 

Bill Tate

Campus Director, Farrow Manor Campus
Campus Director, Reedy Acres Campus

Rev. Tate joined The Baptist Children's Village staff in 1996 as a Houseparent and Maintenance Coordinator for our Farrow Manor and Reedy Acres Campuses.  In addition to his current administrative responsibilities at The BCV, he serves as Adult Men's Sunday School Teacher and Senior Adult Leader at Wyatte Baptist Church.  Prior to coming to The Baptist Children's Village, he served as bi-vocational pastor for churches in Prentiss, Union and Pontotoc Counties.  He continues to enjoy opportunities to preach.

 

 

 

 

Chrystelle Thames, Director of Public Relations

Mrs. Thames joined the Public Relations Department at The Baptist Children's Village in June of 1982.  She received her Bachelor's Degree in Communications from Mississippi College.  Chrystelle is past president of the Public Relations Association of Mississippi Board and has served on the Southern Public Relations Federation Board.  She is also a member of the Southern Baptist Child Care Communications and Development Group.  Chrystelle is a BCV alumnus and brings a unique perspective to her role as the ministry spokesperson.  She has also served as an advocate for children in volunteer leadership roles in the Jr. Auxiliary of Clinton, local PTA organizations and in the prayer ministry at her church.
 

 

 

 

Sergio A. Trejo, Director of Non-Residental Programs

Sergio A. Trejo is a Texas native who has lived and worked in Mississippi for more than 20 years.  He has an extensive background in the helping profession and has worked with numerous community and service organizations, to include adult and child protective services and working with the intellectually and developmentally disabled.  He received his Undergraduate and Master’s Degree in the Field of Social Work from the University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS. He received his Professional License through the Mississippi State Board of Examiners for Social Workers and Marriage and Family Therapists.  Sergio currently resides in Clinton, MS, with his wife and children and is an active member of Parkway Baptist Church where he leads the 11th & 12th grade Sunday school class.  In his role at The Baptist Children's Village, he leads the Dorcas-In Home Support Program which allows The BCV to minister to children and families at an earlier point in the cycle of need by providing needed services in the home that can give the family new hope and help them avoid collapse.

 

Joyce Wilson, LSW, Campus Director, Dickerson Place Campus

Mrs. Wilson has been with The Baptist Children's Village since 1985.  She received her Bachelors Degree in Social Sciences from William Carey College.   Prior to joining The BCV staff, Joyce worked with Southwest Mississippi Mental Health.  She is involved in her church and seeks to minister to the elderly, especially those that homebound are in the nursing home. Joyce has always been very involved in missions, serving as a summer missionary to New Mexico, Camp Counselor at Camp Garaywa, and teaching Acteens.  She now considers The Baptist Children's Village her mission field and works hard to impact the lives of children for Christ every day.