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Leadership

 

Sean A. Milner, Executive Director

Sean A. Milner became the 11th executive director of The Baptist Children’s Village ministry in November 2016 after nearly 25 years of practicing law. He is a graduate of Mississippi College and Mississippi College School of Law. Sean serves as a past president and current chairman of the advocacy committee of the Mississippi Alliance of Child Caring Agencies (MACCA). He also serves as the president of The Baptist Coalition of Child Care Agencies (BCCF), a Southern Baptist national organization and a board of directors for the national organization known as the Coalition of Residential Excellence (CORE). Additionally, he serves as vice chairman of the Mississippi Ethics Commission. He and his wife Elizabeth have two grown children, Nathaniel and Rebecca, and are active members of Morrison Heights Baptist Church where Sean is a deacon and a longtime adult Sunday school teacher. Sean is an alumnus of The Baptist Children’s Village. He came to the ministry at a young age with his three brothers and one sister and remained in the care of The BCV for 18 years. He is the only former childcare resident to serve in the position of executive director of The Baptist Children’s Village and the only one among all of the Southern Baptist child caring agencies nationwide.

Shane Ashley, Campus Director, Farrow Manor Campus 

Shane Ashley joined the BCV in 2019 as a Case Manager for the Reedy Acres and Farrow Manor Campuses. He served in this role until September 2021 when he accepted the position of North Mississippi Area Director. He has served as Music and Youth Director for Beech Springs and Cornersville Baptist Churches. Shane worked in management and sales positions for over ten years prior to coming to the BCV. He attended Northeast Community College and Blue Mountain College where he earned a Double Major in Psychology and History with a minor in Sociology. Shane and his wife Marsha were married in 1995. They have two children Danielle and Jared.

Dr. Hope Beaver, Training Coordinator

Dr. Hope Beaver joined the BCV in 2023 as Training Coordinator. Dr. Beaver has 28 years of experience working in the mental health field in various roles. She attended the University of Southern Mississippi where she earned a bachelor’s degree in English and Secondary Education, a master’s degree in Emotional and Behavioral Disorders for Special Education, and a doctorate in Education Administration. She felt led to join this ministry to facilitate the training required for our staff to meet the needs of our at-risk children and their families. Dr. Beaver and her husband, Rickey are members of First Baptist Church of Wiggins, where she sings in the church choir. She has one daughter, Grace. 

Lakeisha Broyles, Family Interventionist

Broyles has a master’s degree in Psychology and began her ministry at The Baptist Children's Village in November 2018. She worked for 10 years helping at-risk children before coming to The BCV. When asked about her calling to The Baptist Children's Village ministry, LaKeisha stated, "I have a passion for working with children and families. I love that I am able to talk about Jesus Christ to others here at the BCV. My previous jobs had restrictions about talking about Christ which was hard for me because Christ is the head of my life. I love empowering children and families and giving them hope." LaKeisha and her family are active members of House of the Lord Full-Gospel Baptist Church where her husband, Cornell, serves as executive pastor and she works in the youth ministry. She and her husband have two sons and are currently helping to raise her two nephews. LaKeisha makes her family and her church her priority. In her spare time, she enjoys scrapbooking and writing poems. Her favorite Bible verse is Jeremiah 29:11.

Darron Byrd, Director of Youth Intervention Program 

Darron was born and raised in Jackson, MS, but finished high school in Dallas, TX. He joined the USAF where he served for four years before receiving his bachelor’s degree in theological studies from Leavell College at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He previously owned a Home Instead Senior Care franchise for 13 years and has served in multiple church positions. The YDI program includes outreach evangelism and discipleship inside detention centers where juveniles who are detained for criminal activity hear the Good News of Jesus Christ and are encouraged to come to Him in faith. The outreach ministry also includes new believer Bible study groups, one-on-one discipleship, and aftercare for those who have been released. He is married to Rachel, and they have three children, two of whom are in college, and two grandchildren.

Troy Carter, Partner Ministries Associate

In 2012, Troy Carter joined The Baptist Children's Village family on the Fikes-Gatewood campus, serving on the frontlines as a houseparent missionary with his wife Sheryl. They have served as houseparents on the Fikes-Gatewood, Powell-Walley, and Deanash Campuses. Troy served as Campus Director on the Fikes-Gatewood Campus from September 2019 to June 2021. He now serves as a Partner Ministries Associate, thanking donors and churches for supporting the BCV and sharing with them the love that Christ is pouring out on the children on their behalf. Before coming to The Baptist Children's Village, Troy worked many years in product management and sales. Troy has 40-plus years of experience working with young people and was ordained to preach in 2005, enjoying opportunities to fill the pulpit. In his free time, he enjoys woodworking, golf, and travel. Troy and Sheryl have two adult daughters and two grandchildren and are members of First Baptist Church, Amory.

Celeste Cade Hickman, APR, Partner Ministries Strategist 

Celeste Cade Hickman 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 Partner Ministries Strategist.  In that capacity, she assists The Director of Partner Ministries in strategic planning and donor management in strategic planning, 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.

Tim Lampley, Campus Director, Reedy Acres

Tim Lampley joined the BCV staff in 2020 as a Houseparent.  He and his wife, Lisa, cared for boys at the Reedy Acres Campus in that capacity until June of 2023.  He now serves as Campus Director for that campus. He brings with him years of pastoral experience.  Tim has a heart for at-risk children and their families.  He has a Masters of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Tim and Lisa live in Southaven, Mississippi, and they are members of Broadway Baptist Church.  

 

Tim McWilliams, Director of Partner Ministries

Tim McWilliams comes to The Baptist Children’s Village after God began placing in his heart a desire to serve His Kingdom in a more direct way.  With 31 years of development experience, Tim serves alongside our many church and family partners by showing them ways to maximize their gifts to financially support The Baptist Children’s Village programs.  Just as important is sharing the countless success stories of our children and families that are touched by philanthropic support.  Tim is a 1984 graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi.  Tim and his wife, Beth, live in Madison, Mississippi, and attend Colonial Heights Baptist Church.  They have two children, Hannah and Zack and two grandchildren, Katherine and Hugh.  Hannah McWilliams Lewis and her husband, Justin, live in Madison.  Zack and his wife, Michelle, live in Memphis.  

Kimberly Reed, LMSW, Campus Director, India Nunnery Campus

Kimberly Reed joined The Baptist Children's Village staff in May 2012 as Campus Director of the India Nunnery Campus in Star, Mississippi.  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 for the Mississippi Department of Human Services and in the mental health and medical fields. She attended Hinds Community College and then Mississippi State University where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work.  She also completed a Master of Science degree in Social Work from Jackson State University.  Kim lives in Puckett, MS with her husband, Billy, and their two daughters Raylee and Clara Kate where they are active members of Puckett Baptist Church. 

Karen Rikard, Director of Human Resources

Karen Rikard joined the BCV staff in 2018 as Director of Human Resources. She comes to us from a non-profit organization and has previously assisted in various human resource roles. She and her husband, Gary, live in Madison, Mississippi and have a daughter named Laura as well as two foster sons . She has a heart for children in foster care as her daughter was adopted from a children’s home. She has also been on multiple mission trips to Honduras to spend time with foster children. 

Charlie Rogers, Director of Programs, Residential Care

Charlie Rogers joined the BCV staff in 2014 as Case Manager on the Deanash Campus. He served in that role until August of 2018 when he took over the Campus Director position. Before coming to the BCV, Charlie served as a Program Coordinator at Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center. He attended Jones County Junior College and William Carey University where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 2010. Charlie resides in Hattiesburg, MS with his wife, Leslie, and two children, Landyn and Jaxon. They are active members of Temple Baptist Church in Oak Grove. He enjoys doing radio broadcasts for area sports teams and coaching Hattiesburg youth sports. Charlie also serves on the Board of Directors for the Hattiesburg Area Habitat for Humanity. 

Sharon Rosamond, Director of Finance

Sharon Rosamond joined the staff of The Baptist Children’s Village in May of 1991.  She attended Hinds Community College where she earned her Associates degree.  She then continued her education at Louisiana State University, as well as, the University of Southern Mississippi, earning a Bachelor’s degree with an emphasis in Statistics, and a Minor in Mathematics.  Having a parent who joined the staff of The Baptist Children’s Village in 1967, Sharon had a connection with this ministry very early on in her childhood that continued into adulthood. Living on the Clinton campus for many years with her family, allowed for a unique learning experience and created many opportunities to minister to young people.  This amplified her passion to be a part of the ministry and developed an understanding of God’s endless love and potential here.   This ministry was not only a calling for her, but the hand of God bringing her life full circle preparing and enabling her for the purpose of helping make a difference in the lives of children and young people who benefit from the services offered by The Baptist Children’s Village.

Angel Spring, MSW, Campus Director, Deanash Campus 

Angel Spring joined the BCV in 2021 as a Case Manager for the Deanash Campus. She served in this role until March 2023 when she accepted the position of Campus Director. Angel worked as a mental health clinician for twenty six years prior to coming to the BCV. Angel attended The University Of Southern Mississippi where she earned her Master of Social Work degree. Angel looks forward to seeing what God has planned for her future as Campus Director as she ministers to at-risk children and their families. Angel is married to Jimmy Spring and has one son, Tyler.      

Chrystelle Thames, APR, MS, Director of Communications 

Chrystelle Thames joined the Public Relations Department at The Baptist Children's Village in June of 1982.  She received her Bachelor of Science and Master Science Degrees 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

Kelsa Thames, LCSW, Campus Director, Dickerson Place Campus

Kelsa Thames joined the BCV in 2024 as Campus Director for the Dickerson Place Campus. Kelsa holds a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work from Delta State University and a Master's in Social Work from The University of Southern Mississippi. She has extensive experience in both inpatient and outpatient mental health treatment and also has experience as a medical social worker. Kelsa is licensed by The Mississippi State Board of Examiners for Social Workers and Marriage & Family Therapists. With a strong background in trauma-informed care, Kelsa is certified in TF-CBT, which supports children who have experienced trauma, and she is also trained to utilize Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR). Kelsa lives in Brookhaven with her husband Logan and daughter Lynnlee, and they are active members of Easthaven Baptist Church, where she serves as a small group leader for youth girls. Kelsa believes that God has called her to BCV and is grateful for the opportunity to minister to at-risk children and their families.

Sergio Trejo, Director of In-Home Family Support Program

Sergio A. Trejo is a Texas native who has lived and worked in Mississippi for more than 30 years.  He received his Undergraduate and Master’s Degrees in the Field of Social Work from the University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS. Sergio is licensed by The Mississippi State Board of Examiners for Social Workers and Marriage & Family Therapists. He is a Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) Practitioner.  Sergio has an extensive background in the helping profession and has worked with numerous community and service organizations, including adult and child protection services and working with the intellectually and developmentally disabled.  In his role at The Baptist Children's Village, he leads the In-Home Family 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.