Board of Directors

Director

John Rice

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Following twenty four years of parish ministry in Episcopal churches, Rev. John Rice left parish ministry in 2012 in response to God’s call to focus more of his time and energy on restoring and growing Jesus’ healing ministry. He describes his teaching ministry as a way “to encourage, equip, and empower God’s people for Jesus’ healing ministry” .

Since 2009, John has led four OSL ministry teams to bring Jesus’ healing ministry to the Diocese of Durgapur, located in northeastern India. During the last 20 years, he has taught and preached on healing prayer ministry in churches throughout the United States. John recently completed a DVD teaching series of five healing prayer workshops. This new educational resource, “Equipping the Saints for Jesus’ Healing Ministry” was created for use in churches, small groups, and OSL Chapters.

John and his wife, Debra, live in Burnsville, North Carolina. Helping create a healing ministry in a local prison and at a nearby mountainside retreat center (High Pastures) are new opportunities for ministry in his hometown area. Otherwise, family life, lots of gardening and a little fishing keep John well occupied when home.




Director's Assistant/Treasurer

Ed Pagán

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Ed was born on the island of Puerto Rico where he lived for a total of 13 years. Enrolled in medical studies at the University of South Florida and later at Rutgers University, he was not able to complete the curriculum due to family responsibilities. Eventually however, he began to work in the field of pathology in areas ranging from biomedical research, to histology, to working in a hospital morgue performing autopsies. Having an interest in technology, Ed later returned to school while in the medical field and single father at the time, obtaining a degree in Network Engineering and Data communications.

Going through many valleys and not raised in the church, Ed began his quest for the truth, eventually responding to God’s calling, surrendered to Jesus, and began what he likes to call "full time discipleship".

Developing a passion for the lost and needy, Ed began to share the hope he found in the gospel. Some of the areas of service for the Lord include: technology in the church and ministries, helping and housing the homeless, prison & prayer ministries, facilitating bible studies, and serving as Deacon. Through an inter-denominational & non-denominational road, the Lord continues to work in Ed’s life (together with his wife, Brenda) helping others bring wholeness to their lives at The Blessing Place of Western North Carolina, as Co-Convener of the OSL - Mountain Chapter (an ecumenical ministry of Christian healing), as well as other areas of the mission field. He also enjoys volunteering in many areas and serving as Registrar of the Blue Ridge Walk to Emmaus (Spiritual Renewal Weekend Events). Finding joy in all of the above, Ed enjoys the outdoors, photography and hiking the mountains of western NC.




Prayer Ministry Coordinator

Kim Garland

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Kim Garland has spent the last 30+ years teaching children about Jesus. She currently serves as the Children's Ministry Director at a mid-size Methodist church in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina. She and her husband have raised four wonderful boys into amazing young men and they are absolutely thrilled to have a granddaughter to spoil rotten. In addition to her first loves of Jesus, praying and teaching children, Kim loves to hike, travel and go camping.




Prayer Ministry Coordinator

Ditsie Scobie

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Ditsie answered to the call to teaching in the mid 80’s and spent the next 32 years teaching elementary education. 25 of those years were teaching sixth graders, with a stint as principal thrown in. Most of her teaching was done in Christian schools where she delighted in sharing her faith and teaching her students to love Jesus. It was her desire to see her students reach their greatest potential and to know how much God loved them.

Five years ago, God called her out of teaching elementary education and into full time prayer ministry as well as teaching the basics of healing prayer. Her mission now is to set people free from the chains of their past, bring them to healing from their brokenness and help them move forward in a deeper walk with Jesus. She has been a member of OSL for 25 years and is presently serving as the OSL Region 3 Director and Convener of the Prince of Peace OSL Healing Community.

Ditsie and Bob, her husband of over 50 years, live in Merritt Island, Florida, but make frequent trips to North Carolina to visit their married daughters and granddaughters. They worship and serve at Prince of Peace Anglican Church in Melbourne, Florida.




Music & Worship Coordinator / Hospitality

Debbie McCraw

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Debbie joined The Blessing Place in December of 2018 as Worship Leader. Her spiritual journey began with the Episcopal Church in a small town in southern New Jersey. Her family moved to North Carolina in 1976, but it wasn’t until 1998 that Debbie found a true relationship with her Lord Jesus.  Her experience at The Walk to Emmaus changed her spiritual life forever as her Lord and Savior lead her into interdenominational churches where she shares her joy of worship and her love for God. Currently, she attends Liberty Covenant in Micaville, NC, where she is on the worship team and leads worship at the Wednesday night service.

Debbie grew up playing instruments and singing; God has blessed her with these gifts and she shares them with others through leading worship in her church, serving many times as a weekend music director for The Walk to Emmaus, and singing for her Hospice clients.

Debbie continues her participation with The Walk to Emmaus mostly as a music director, but also as a newly elected board member, and most recently serving as Lay Director for a women’s walk this past February. Debbie is also an active Family/Patient Volunteer for Yancey County Hospice, near Burnsville, NC. Other than Jesus and her family, Debbie’s other passions range from crocheting just about anything, to bee keeping and raiding their hard working girls of that delicious honey.




Registrar/Publicity/Music

Brenda Pagán

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Brenda was born in southern WV and at the age of 4 her family moved to PA where she was raised in a Christian home environment and confessed her faith in baptism at the age of 12 in a nondenominational church.  She remained a faithful member and regularly attended the same church (different locations) for a large part of her life.

Brenda received her bachelor’s degree for Elementary Education and taught 2nd, 3rd, and 1st grade (in that order) for 18 years before retiring.  She is married to the love of her life and soul mate, Ed Pagán.  She has one son, a daughter-in-law and two grandsons who live in Texas.

Her different roles in church throughout the years have involved teaching children’s classes, heading a single’s ministry, leading a women’s group, helping with prison ministry, establishing and running a church library, and eventually getting involved in the technology room during the worship hour.  Brenda and Ed’s passion for the mountains and serving God led them to Western North Carolina where they are involved in different ministries outside the church they now attend.  Brenda is the registrar, a prayer minister, and serves on the board for The Blessing Place.  She is an active member, prayer minister, and greeter of the OSL – Mountain Chapter Christian Healing Ministry in Asheville.  She can also be caught volunteering behind the scenes or serving on teams at most every walk for the Blue Ridge Walk to Emmaus (Spiritual Renewal Retreat) where she is also the newsletter editor.  In her spare time, she loves quilting, crocheting, scrapbooking, baking and playing the piano.




Hospitality

Anita Lovejoy

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Anita was born in Mexico of missionary parents. She grew up in different Spanish speaking countries, then moved to the U.S. for college where she came to know and love Jesus. She and her husband, Owen, have been married for forty-five years and enjoy ministering together. They have three grown children and ten grandchildren. Anita recently retired from teaching. She enjoys hiking with her husband,

Owen, playing the guitar, singing, and spending time with children and grandchildren.




Chaplain

Owen Lovejoy

Rev. Owen Lovejoy has been involved in ministry for many years. He currently oversees a mission to Honduras and offers spiritual direction. Owen loves to teach, especially on two topics: spiritual formation (the journey to the heart of God) and inductive Bible
study (better understanding the Word of God).

Owen and his wife, Anita, live in the mountains of North Carolina where they love to hike, grow flowers and hug grandchildren.




 
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