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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.​

 

Katie Brent, Assistant to the Executive Director

Born and raised in metro-Atlanta, Georgia, Katie Brent moved to Mississippi in April of 2017 and first joined the BCV team as the Public Relations Assistant. Prior to moving, she graduated from Reinhardt University with degrees in Piano Performance and Music Education. She operated an in-home studio where she offered private piano and violin lessons before meeting and marrying Kyle, a Mississippian and seminary student. When Kyle graduated, he and Katie moved to New Albany, where he now pastors New Albany Presbyterian Church. In 2019, Katie rejoined the BCV team as the Assistant to the Executive Director. When she’s not performing her administrative duties for The BCV, she is engaging in the life of her church and serving them as the Director of Media Services. She most enjoys going outdoors, baking pies, and having a cup of tea with her sweetheart.

 

Troy Carter, Campus Director, Fikes-Gatewood Campus

Troy Carter and his wife Sheryl were called to this mission field in 2012. They have served as houseparents for our Fikes-Gatewood Campus, our Powell-Walley Campus and our Deanash Campus. While serving as houseparents, they were commissioned as Mississippi Baptist Missionaries. Troy began the position of Campus Director of the Fikes-Gatewood Campus in September 2019. Before coming to The Baptist Children’s Village, Troy worked many years in production management and sales, including in the Olan Mills church directory division. Troy also has 30 years’ experience as youth pastor. He was ordained to preach in 2005 and continues to enjoy opportunities to fill the pulpit. In his free time, he enjoys woodworking, golf, and travel. Troy and his wife Sheryl have two adult daughters and are expecting their first grandchild.

 

 

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

Dr. Randy 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, Communications Manager

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 Houseparent Ministries

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 Broadmoor Baptist Church in Madison, 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, Campus Director, Deanash Campus

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.

 

Kristen Slaven, Social Services Director

Kristen Slaven 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.

 

 

Rev. Bill Tate
Campus Director, Farrow Manor Campus
Campus Director, Reedy Acres Campus

Rev. Bill Tate and his wife Peggy joined The Baptist Children's Village staff in 1996.  They first served as a houseparent while Bill also held the position of maintenance coordinator for our Farrow Manor and Reedy Acres Campuses before transitioning to his current administrative responsibilities at The BCV.  Bill 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 a bi-vocational pastor for churches in Prentiss, Union, and Pontotoc Counties.  He continues to enjoy opportunities to preach. 
 

 

 

 

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.