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 in Clinton, Mississippi. He is a graduate of Mississippi College and Mississippi College School of Law. Sean serves as the president of the Mississippi Association of Child Care Agencies (MACCA) and the vice president of The Baptist Coalition of Child Care Agencies (BCCF), a Southern Baptist national organization. He also serves on the 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 child care 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 care agencies nationwide.
Shane Ashley, North Mississippi Area Director
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.
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, is chairman of the deacon board 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.
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 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.
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. He is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and serves as a consultant with other faith-based ministries. Tim and his wife, Beth, live in Madison, Mississippi, and attend Colonial Heights Baptist Church. He serves as Scripture Placement Chairman of the Jackson/Madison Camp of Gideons International. Tim and Beth have two children, Hannah and Zack. Hannah McWilliams Lewis, and her husband, Justin, live in Madison and have one daughter, Katherine. Zack is a senior at Mississippi State University.
Tom Prather, Ph.D., Director of Convention Relations
Dr. Tom Prather has previously 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 Mississippi College when he volunteered as a cottage tutor. Later he lived on the BCV campus while working in the campus sports ministry. Dr. Prather received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business and his Master of Science degree in Education 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 Raymond Road Baptist Church in Jackson, Mississippi.
Kimberly Reed, LSW, 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.
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. 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 First Baptist Church of Oak Grove where Charlie serves as Music Director. 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.
Chrystelle Thames, 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
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
Joyce 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.