Board of Trustees
Timothy (Tim) Barber has worked at every level of the moving industry. Beginning as a warehouse and moving truck worker while a student at Olivet Nazarene University, he progressed through the ranks to become a General Manager and part owner of a moving and storage company. His vast experience and personal connection with all aspects of the moving business have created his passion for excellence. Over the past 30 years, he has also owned and operated several other successful businesses. In September of 2010, Tim Barber joined the EDC family leaving his long time home in Vero Beach, Florida. He spent twenty years in South Alabama where he started his family. Tim and his wife Holly have settled in their new home in Houston.
Regina Harlan Boyles, the daughter of a minister, is a retired marketing director. A graduate of Mississippi College, Mrs. Boyles is a strong supporter of missions and served as missions chair in her church for many years. She has served on the boards of the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, YWCA, Phi Mu House Corporation and is a past president of several civic organizations. Her husband, Derwood, served on the WBS Board of Trustees for many years. They have two children and five grandchildren.
Susie Sutherland Brabec
Susie Brabec is a native of Canton, Mississippi. She is a graduate of the University of Mississippi pharmacy school and owns a pharmacy consulting business. Susie has a heart for missions, having served as missions chair and committee member in her church for many years. She is a past president of the Goodwill Industries of Mississippi Board of Directors and member of several other civic boards. Susie has been married to her husband, Bill, for over 36 years. They have 3 children and one grandchild.
Gary K. Briden, Vice Chair
Rev. Briden, a native of Charleston, SC, graduated from Southern Methodist College and earned an M.A. from Bob Jones University. He served as a faculty member and president of SMC and has also been a headmaster and pastor. He has preached around the world. Rev. Briden currently serves as the executive director of the Association of Independent Methodists here in Jackson and has been the speaker of The Methodist Bible Hour-USA since 1991. He and his wife, Debi (1974), have three children and three grandchildren.
J. David Chandler, Jr.
David Chandler is the southeastern regional manager for Forbo Flooring Systems. He graduated from the University of West Georgia with a double major in marketing and management. David has been a trustee of WBS for 15 years and is committed to spreading the message of “heart holiness” around the world. He and his wife of 32+ years, Christie, have two grown daughters and three grandchildren. David enjoys reading, walking, and traveling.
James I. Howard, Chairman
Horse Cave, Kentucky
Jim Howard graduated from Asbury College in 1977. He graduated from Duke University School of Law in 1980 and was admitted to the Kentucky Bar that same year. He served as a judge in the Kentucky Court of Appeals from 2006-2007. Jim is a member of the board of directors for George K. Bowling Community Park in Edmonton, KY. He is a deacon and adult Sunday school teacher at Edmonton Baptist Church. Jim is the author of The Miracle of Man: Evidence for God from Human Nature (Resource, 2017).
Scott King, Secretary
Scott King grew up on a family farm in Kentucky and completed his BA in English at Kentucky Wesleyan College. He has worked as corporate equipment services manager for Helena Chemical Company for 14+ years. Scott is an ordained deacon. He is married to Mary Sacra King, and they have five children. His family serves at Longview Heights Baptist Church near Southaven, MS where they reside. Scott enjoys music, golf, and hunting, but his treasured calling is being a husband and father.
Hiroo “David” Kudo
Rev. David Hiroo Kudo pastors Kagato Church, which is the oldest Church of Jesus Christ church in Japan. He serves as vice-chairman of The Japan Holiness Association and as director of the New Japan Bible Publication Society. Prior to this, he worked with Kansai Bible College as academic dean and principal for over 30 years. He was also chairman of the Japan Evangelical Theological Society. He enjoys watching sports, listening to classical music, and taking walks with his wife.
Tommy McKnight, Treasurer
Tommy is senior project manager (and former president) of the contracting firm Ralph McKnight and Son, Inc., and a partner in V & T Development. After graduating from Mississippi State in 1970, Tommy served for nine years in the MS Army National Guard. He has been actively involved in the Association of Independent Methodists for 40+ years and currently attends Madison Independent Methodist Church. He enjoys fishing, hunting, and spending time with his wife of 45+ years, Vonda (Ingram) McKnight, and their family.
Melvin L. Pace
A Jackson native, Melvin graduated from Jackson State University and the University of Mississippi School of Law. Among other achievements, he is a member of the Mississippi Bar Association and the founder of The Pace Law Firm. He is a 2016 graduate of WBS. He is an associate pastor and the director of Christian education at Community Empowerment COGIC in Jackson. Melvin has served on numerous boards of directors. He is married to the former Katina Webster-Baugh and is the father of three beautiful and charming daughters.
James was born and raised in West Monroe, Louisiana. His father is Reverend Ken Renfroe, a retired Methodist Protestant minister and former WBS Trustee. His brothers, Philip and Dennis, are also in ministry. After attending undergraduate studies at Loyola University and the University of New Orleans, James moved to the Jackson area to attend law school at Mississippi College School of Law. He now runs a thriving real estate law practice in Flowood. James and his family–wife, Olivia (Burgess), and daughters, Ivy and Madison–live in Madison, MS, where they attend and serve at Parkway Hills United Methodist Church.
Morgan Stuart Roberts
Morgan Roberts, a native of Macon, MS, and her husband, Haydn, have three young children. They are active at The Pointe of Brandon, a United Methodist community of faith. Prior to homeschooling her children, Morgan served on the ministry staff at The Pointe and now serves in various volunteer positions. She also serves on multiple boards. Morgan graduated from University of Mississippi (B.A., English, 2003) and Wesley Biblical Seminary (M.Div., academic distinction, 2009). In addition to several other varied life experiences, Morgan has worked as a youth minister and as an English and social studies teacher in the Jackson area.
Casey M. “Buddy” Smith, Jr.
Rev. Buddy Smith is the senior VP of American Family Association (AFA) and American Family Radio (AFR). Over the past couple of decades, Buddy has worked at AFA in the battle to restore America’s biblical foundations. He has an undergraduate degree in music education from Mississippi State and a graduate degree in theology from Oral Roberts. Buddy served as a minister in the United Methodist Church for 40+ years. He and his bride, Carol, have two grown children and four grandchildren.
Dr. Philip “Phil” Speas
Dr. Philip Speas has been president of Kentucky Mountain Bible College for over two decades. Prior to this, he pastored three churches. He is an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene. He and his wife, Wanda, are parents to four children. Dr. Speas graduated from KMBC, Vennard College, and Wesley Biblical Seminary. He enjoys fishing and gardening.
A native of Philadelphia, MS, Sonny has lived in Jackson since 1972. He is the president of Mars and Steel, Inc., a bowling and awards business, and a 42+ year member of Briarwood UMC. Sonny has served on the boards of Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Kairos Prison Ministry, Community Place, Walk to Emmaus, Methodist Cursillo, and WBS. He and his wife, Sylvia, have been married for over 60 years and have five daughters, ten grandchildren, and three great grandchildren.