Executive Director: Shirley Louise Cunningham
Military Police Academy, November 1988
Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, Columbia College, June 1991
Master of Arts, Counseling, University of Northern Colorado, May 1993
Seminary Master’s Coursework (39 hours), Gateway Seminary, May 2014
Doctor of Ministry, Gateway Seminary (Completion Fall 2017)
Police and Fire Chaplain Academy, May 2014
Mental Health Therapist, Specialties in Marriage and Family Systems, Geriatrics, Crisis Intervention, Brief Therapy, Grief and Loss, and Designated Mental Health Professional, since January 1991.
Managed in-patient and outpatient psychiatric services from 1995 to 2004. Adult Bible School Teacher, McKenzie Road Baptist Church, Olympia, WA, since March 2003.
Facilitator Women Small Group Bible Study, since 2006.
Disaster Relief Chaplain, Southern Baptist Convention, since 2008.
Fire Chaplain, Griffin Fire Department, Olympia, WA, since April 2014.
Ambassador, Olympic Baptists Association, Volunteer, since October 2015.
Hospital Chaplain, Mason General Hospital, Shelton, WA, since March 2016.
Multiple volunteer church leadership and OBA leadership positions held since 2008.
Ordained Chaplain, McKenzie Road Baptist Church, Olympia, WA, since July 2015.
Parents: Charles and Barbara Cunningham (Have served Christ faithfully since 1956 in various evangelism and ministry roles)
Mother of five children: Amber Scott, Christopher Scott, Natasha Grable, William-Anthony Scott, and Joshua Miller (foster).
Grandmother of two: Jossalyn Lehman and Julian Grable.
Siblings: Kathy Cunningham (deceased 2015), Carolyn Crain, Charles Cunningham, and Connie Olvera.
Program Director: Bea Paynter
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
President of the Board: Barbara Lowe
Barbara is a member of First Baptist Church of Yelm where her husband, Bob, recently retired as pastor. They have seven children and 10 grandchildren. Barbara 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. 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.
Vice President of the Board: 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.
Secretary of the Board: Kevinanne Bruce
Kevinanne has been a member of Yelm First Baptist Church since 1999. She has been involved in many children’s programs over the years. VBS, TEAM KIDS & nursery are a few. She presently teaches in children’s church for children 5 thru 10. She has worked as a para-educator in the public school’s system in there special Ed programs.
She has been married to her husband Victor for 40 years. They have three grown daughters & seven grandchildren.
She is retired and spends her days caring for her mother & grandchildren.
She feels blessed to be a part of this ministry that reaches & teaches the lost & hurt the power of having God in there lives.
Treasurer of the Board: Heather Long
Board Member: 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.