Executive Director: Summer Philips
Summer Phillips is the current interim Executive Director and Community Outreach Director for Safe Family Ministries. She provides strategy and expertise for the promotion of ministry within the context of community. Her interest is in developing sustainable, Christ-centered ministry through collaborative planning and action with churches, small businesses, civic organizations, families, and individuals.
Redeemed by Jesus, Summer has a heritage that has equipped her to walk alongside the brokenhearted. She has served those living with HIV/AIDS, ministered to those who are homeless, counseled victims of domestic violence and provided social support to refugees. Most recently, Summer served as a missionary, caring for abandoned, abused and orphaned children at Love in Action Children’s Home in Jalisco Mexico. Initially director of operations, in her third year she and her team established a trauma informed charter school, The SEE Academy, of which Summer was the founder and director. Summer’s educational background supports her ministry: she has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Warner Pacific College where she was awarded Most Outstanding Student; she is a certified practitioner in
Summer’s educational background supports her ministry: she has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Warner Pacific College where she was awarded Most Outstanding Student; she is a certified practitioner in Trust Based Relational Interventions from Texas Christian University’s Institute of Child Development; and most recently she began pursuing her Master’s degree from Northwest University in the field of International Community Development. As a native of Onalaska Washington, Summer understands the multifaceted challenges of poverty that this area faces. She is eager to join with others to make an impact on poverty and proud to serve in her hometown community. Summer is dedicated to supporting Safe Family Ministries and to carrying out the mission to provide hope and healing through new life in Christ.
As a native of Onalaska Washington, Summer understands the multifaceted challenges of poverty that this area faces. She is eager to join with others to make an impact on poverty and proud to serve in her hometown community. Summer is dedicated to supporting Safe Family Ministries and to carrying out the mission to provide hope and healing through new life in Christ.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
President of the Board: Mike Vorse
A Christian since 1967 and married since 1975, Mike lives with his high school sweetheart Carla in Longview, WA. Together they raised two children; Samantha married to Todd with 3 boys living in Kelso and Jason single living in the Los Angeles area. Mike is a member of First Baptist Church of Longview, where he serves as a Deacon and helps with foreign missions and out reach events.
Mike with his wife, own and operate Minuteman Press, a print shop in Kelso, WA (LongviewWA.MinutemanPress.com). Additionally, he is involved in the Castle Rock, Longview/Kelso Kalama and Woodland Chamber of Commerce. He is a member RUAH Riders, a chapter of CMA (Christian Motorcycle Association) and enjoys motorcycle riding, running and spending time with family as recreational activities.
His heart felt desire is to see SAFE Family Ministries continue to grow, helping as many people as possible, residents and volunteers, experience the peace that only a life serving Jesus can bring.
Secretary of the Board: Bob Braden
Bob is a state licensed plumber with over 20 years of experience and has owned and operated Braden Plumbing since 1985. Additionally, his background in ministry leadership includes teaching, youth ministry, music ministry over the past 20 years and he is currently the Worship Leader and an ordained Deacon at Dayspring Baptist Church, Chehalis, WA. Bob is married to Kay and enjoys her active support and participation in SAFE Family Ministries. Bob is one of nine children and is grateful that he was lead to Christ as a child by his loving and supportive parents. He has a strong desire to assist families in need of good role models and lacking honorable or loving male influences.
Board Member: Paul Paynter
Paul has worked with computers and in information technology for over 45 years with companies such as Boeing, Microsoft, Weyerhaeuser, and AT&T Wireless. He is presently working for the State Department of Health in Olympia as a business analyst. As a civil servant, Paul likes the opportunity to make Washington a safer place for the people in the state. He attended the University of Texas at El Paso and graduated with an electrical engineering degree. He then worked for General Electric Company in their engineer-in-training program before serving two years in the army as an officer. He also attended Ambassador College in Pasadena and graduated with a bachelor of arts in theology. It was there he met and married his wife, Bea. They lived and worked in Pasadena until eventually relocating in the Puget Sound area. They have three sons and three grandchildren. Paul has been a Christian most of his life. He has been a church deacon and has been involved in church and church work for many years. Paul and Bea attend Cook’s Hill Community Church and appreciate the opportunity to be involved in the SAFE Family Ministry.
Board Member: Chris Kruger
Pastor Chris is an ordained Minister and currently the Senior Pastor of Dayspring Baptist Church in Chehalis, WA. He has been a farmer for most of his life working with diversified crops from dryland wheat to irrigated fruit and row crops. He has been a partner on a large irrigated and dryland farm, supervising employees, helping with a budget, working with banks and federal agencies. He recently has operated his own dryland farm supervising seasonal employees, managing equipment, budgeting, projecting future goals, working with the bank loan officer and federal agricultural agencies. He is a graduate of The Master’s College with a BA in Biblical Studies. He is currently working toward a certificate in Biblical Counseling through the National Association of Nouthetic Counseling. He has been an Elder for 11 years and a Pastor for 4 years.
Board Member: Barbara Lowe
Barbara is a pastor’s wife, mother of seven and grandmother of eight. She was raised in West Seattle and graduated from the University of Washington with a B.A. in Psychology and Early Childhood Education, and an M.Ed. in Special Education. She has taught children with special needs in several schools, both public and private. Barbara serves at First Baptist Church of Yelm in the areas of music, ESL ministry, and discipleship. She has been volunteering at Safe Family Ministries as a House Mom since 2012. Her passion is helping women take their next steps toward spiritual maturity and freedom in Christ.
Board Member: Tom Gillihan
Tom accepted Christ when he was 13 years old. He is retired from Longview Fibre Paper Mill after 38 years as a papermaker. He was married to his first wife, Helen, for 21 years. They raised two sons together before she died from Huntington’s Disease in 1997. He has been married to his current wife, Glenda, for almost 18 years. Between them, they have 4 sons and 6 grandchildren.
Tom serves as an ordained Deacon at Longview First Baptist Church where he has been a member since 1998. He helps facilitate the church Internet prayer chain and has served on the media team.
In his spare time, he likes to camp, golf, travel, spend time with family, especially the grandkids. He has gone on a church mission trip to Nicaragua. He has also served as a Life-group leader.