Dr. Donnie W. Smith
International Executive Administrator, Division of Care for the Church of God
Dr. Smith has served as a minister since February 1969. He has ministered in forty-eight states across the United States and in more than 70 countries around the world. Dr. Smith has served the church as an evangelist, pastor, state youth and Christian education director, state administrative bishop and as executive director of the division of care. During his pastorate of thirteen years in Atlanta, Georgia his church grew from 100 to over 1,000 members. At that time, he also began five ethnic congregations with over 1,500 members. Dr. Smith holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies from Lee University, a Master of Arts and Master of Divinity from the Pentecostal Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry in Cross-Cultural Ministries from Columbia Theological Seminary. He is the author of “The Undiscovered Harvest, Ministering to America’s Immigrant People,” and served as the general editor of the 2008 publication, Manual de Cuiado Ministerial para la Iglesia Local, as well as contributing to numerous publications and periodicals. In November of 2009 he received commendation from the White House for his outstanding work among the Hispanic churches across America and for teaching Hispanic pastors on how to help the nation’s poor. Dr. Smith and his wife Barbara have been married since December 1967. They have two sons (Shane & Casey) and are the proud grandparents of five grandchildren.
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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 seven grandchildren.
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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Public Relations Director and Women's Ministries Liaison
Tammie Mauldin serves as the Public Relations Director and Women’s Ministries Liaison 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 Radical Generation Youth Services, SpiritCare Ministry Center and Women’s Ministries events. Tammie is married to Dr. Walt Mauldin, and they share four children and eight grandchildren.
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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 Director of Accreditation 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
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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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 Director of Community Services 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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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 2018. 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. 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 four biological children and have adopted two teenage boys from the campus program in 2012. Marvin has served at SMCH since 2011 as Case Manager, Team Leader, Residential Support Coordinator, and was promoted to serve as the Director of Residential Services, August 2016. Marvin is anticipating completing his license as a professional counseling and mental health service provider in 2017.
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Human Resources Director
Brandon Nuckles serves as the Human Resources Director. Brandon came to work at the Smoky Mountain Children's Home in 2009 after graduating from Lee University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. During his first three years of service, Brandon served as Direct Care, Night Staff and Night Staff Supervisor. In 2012, he transitioned to Coordinator of Human Resources where he had the privilege of hiring and training some wonderful staff members who serve the children/youth of SMCH. During Brandon's first three years of employment, he met his wife Hannah who also served as a caregiver. Brandon and his wife have two daughters.
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