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Raymond F. Culpepper

International Executive Committee Liaison
Division of Care
Cleveland, TN

Raymond F. Culpepper, D.D. is the founder of the Metropolitan Church of God in Birmingham, Alabama and served as the pastor for 24 years before his election to the Church of God denominational leadership. Dr. Culpepper has served as general overseer, first assistant general overseer, International Executive Council member, state overseer, youth and Christian education director to California, Indiana, and Alabama. He and his wife, Peggy have three children and seven grandchildren.


Dr. Walt Mauldin

Executive Director of the Smoky Mountain Children’s Home

After graduating from Lee College, Cleveland, Tennessee, Dr. Mauldin completed a master’s degree at the University of Southern Mississippi and a doctorate at the University of Miami, Florida. Mauldin also completed post-doctorate work at Harvard University and Emory University’s Candler School of Theology. Prior to coming to Smoky Mountain Children’s Home, Dr. Mauldin served as the Vice President for Administration at Lee University and held the rank of Professor. From 1997 to 2002, he served as the Dean of the School of Music and conducted the Lee Singers from 1989 to 2006 touring twenty-five countries, completing numerous recording projects and ministering in hundreds of local congregations throughout the United States. Dr. Mauldin is noted as a speaker, administrator, and worship leader. He is married to Tammie, and they share three sons and one daughter, as well as ten grandchildren.

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Dr. Shane Smith

Business and Records Director

Dr. Shane Smith serves as the Business and Records Director for the Church of God Care Campus. He has served in many capacities of ministry since 1992. He has served in the Church of God as youth pastor, Christian school principal, coordinator of business and records, administrative pastor, and senior pastor. He also served in Florida as the state CAMS coordinator and was elected to the state Evangelism board. Reverend Smith received his Bachelor of Science degree from Lee University, a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from Regis University and a Master of Business Administration from Liberty University, and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Leadership Studies from Johnson University. Dr. Smith is married to Lisa who diligently teaches their three daughters at home.

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Tammie Mauldin

Public Relations and Communications Director

Tammie Mauldin serves as the Public Relations and Communications Director for the Smoky Mountain Children’s Home, SMCH.  Prior to coming to SMCH, she served as the Executive Assistant to the Second Assistant General Overseer of the Church of God. From 2001 to 2012, she served as Executive Assistant to the Chancellor of the Division of Education and later would become the Administrative Coordinator for the entire Division of Education. From 1989 to 1998, her tenure was at Lee University in three different roles: Vice President of Advancement Office Bookkeeper, Church Relations Office Secretary and as Executive Assistant to the President, Dr. Paul Conn.  She started her ministry at North Cleveland Church of God in Cleveland, Tennessee, serving as a secretary in three different ministries from 1983 to 1989. Tammie is a gifted speaker and often shares in ministry during Monday Chapel Services, Wednesday Night Chosen Generation Youth Services, SpiritCare Ministry Center and Women’s Ministries events. Tammie is married to Dr. Walt Mauldin, and they share four children and ten grandchildren.

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Linda Loyd

Accreditation Director

Linda came to The Home in 1975 as a direct care staff, working with two boys’ and two girls’ cottages. She would later serve as a case manager for 25 years. During her tenure, she has worked with the ‘Covenant Place’ program, a ministry to pregnant teens providing counseling and adoptions for infants. During a three-year time frame she was involved with 23 adoptions of infants through the program. She became Accreditation Director in 2008, when SMCH began to seek higher standards of childcare accreditation through the Council of Accreditation. Loyd has a Bachelors of Arts degree and has been married to John for 39 years. They have two daughters, Amy and grandson Eric, and Bethanie and son-in-law Brian.

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Dr. Wade A. Horton

Clinical Director

After graduating from North Georgia College, of Dahlonega, Georgia with a degree in Social Work, Horton completed a master’s degree in ministry at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary of Louisville, Kentucky, and then went on to earn a PhD in Church History at that same institution. Following graduation Dr. Horton taught as an Adjunct Professor of History at Southern Baptist and as a professor of Ethics at Sullivan Business College. Dr. Horton would later attend Francis Marion University in Florence, South Carolina where he earned a Master’s in Clinical Psychology. Afterward, he worked as an in-home therapist and supervisor for Peninsula Behavioral Health earning his LPC and MHSP Licensure. Dr. Horton is a children’s minister, a deacon, and a scoutmaster. He is married to Deborah Horton, MD, and they have four children.

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Beverly Beard

Foster Care Director

Beverly received her Bachelor of Arts from Lee University and a Master’s in Counseling from the Pentecostal Theological Seminary. She is a minister in the Church of God as well as a Licensed Professional Counselor. Before coming to SMCH, Beard served as a Case Manager and later as a Mental Health Therapist at Hiwassee Mental Health Center in Cleveland, TN. Beverly currently serves as the Foster Care Director which includes oversight to the Foster Care Program for Smoky Mountain Children's Home. Beverly is married to Dennis Beard and has one son.

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Marvin Amos

Residential Director and Liaison to ALPHA School

Marvin completed his undergraduate degree at Lee University in Pastoral Ministry in 2008 and completed his Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the Pentecostal Theological Seminary in 2013. Marvin is currently a PhD student at Walden University specializing in Public Policy and Administration with a completion date of 2019. Prior to working at SMCH, Marvin was a bi-vocational minister and student. Marvin has served in local congregations as a children’s pastor, youth pastor, administrative pastor, and has also served on a church plant team. Marvin is active in ministry at Purpose Church serving as a minister to the elementary age group. He is a licensed Exhorter in the Church of God and is pursuing the next level of ministry with the denomination. Among his successes are his family. Marvin and his wife Hannah were married in 2006 after meeting as Lee University students in 2005. Marvin and Hannah have five biological children and have adopted two teenage boys from foster care in Tennessee. Marvin has served at SMCH since 2011 as Case Manager, Team Leader, Residential Support Coordinator, and was promoted to serve as the Residential Director, August 2016. Marvin is anticipating completing his license as a professional counseling and mental health service provider in 2019.

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Dr. Pamela Kay Overbey

Special Projects Director & Executive Assistant

to the Executive Director, Dr. Walt Mauldin

Dr. Pamela Kay Overbey, a native of Virginia, began her career with the Church of God in 1987. She has served in various capacities including local churches, state offices and the international offices of the Church of God. While working at the International Offices, Cleveland, Tennessee, Overbey served two years with the Ministerial Care Office, one year in Communications, seven years in the Chaplains Commission and five years in the Women’s Ministries/Discipleship department.

Dr. Pamela Kay graduated in 2018 with her Doctorate of Ministry Degree from the Pentecostal Theological Seminary (PTS) where her emphasis was Discipleship and Christian Formation. The dissertation was titled: Discipleship and Christian Formation 101 for the Now Generation of Youth. Prior to her doctoral program, she earned a Master of Arts Degree from PTS in 2012 in Discipleship and Christian Formation. Her master’s thesis title was, “Living Single in a World Made for 2!”  In addition, her first book was published in 2009 entitled, “After Divorce. . .What Do I Do With Me?”

In 2013, Dr. Overbey began her journey with Smoky Mountain Children’s Home. Currently she serves as the Communications Director and Executive Assistant to the Executive Director, Dr. Walt Mauldin. Overbey’s thirty years of experience with the Church of God provides a great source of knowledge of the Church and experience for the Children’s Home.

Dr. Overbey resides in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains, is an ordained minister with the Church of God, mother of two, and “nana” to three grandsons and one granddaughter. She is a noted speaker, author, and singer who has a heart to lead small groups and share the Good News of Jesus through discipleship.

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