FIRST CONTACT would not exist without our volunteer team of dedicated professionals. Thank you to all our volunteers, who sacrifice their time and efforts to help us make a positive change in our community, and accomplish our mission. The following individuals currently serve on the FIRST CONTACT team:
Officers & Staff
Director & President
Craig received his Bachelors of Arts Degree in Religious Education from Gardner Webb University and his Masters of Arts degree in Religious Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has been certified by SBIRT (clinical skills training) and is an NAADAC Certified Recovery Coach. He has served as Pastor, Minister of Evangelism, Education, and Youth in over 20 years of ministry. He is a board member of Hope RX of Henderson County and Blue Ridge Prison and Jail Ministry. Craig has experienced firsthand the struggle and devastation of addiction.He has a passion for those suffering from Substance Abuse Disorder as well as family members who have had their lives dramatically affected by its consequences. He founded First Contact to help those struggling with addictions to formulate a path to recovery, and a plan to return to a life of normalcy. He serves to inform and educate families and provide comfort and support.
Vice President & Secretary
Ellen received her Bachelors of Science Degree in Business Administration from Western Carolina University. She has been the Executive Secretary for the NC Tomato Growers Association for over 18 years and is a native of Henderson County. Ellen recently retired from the State of North Carolina with 30 years of service in administrative office work. She has an extensive background in managing and organizing casework, budgets, and data for the N.C. Family Court and Dept. of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention systems. Ellen loves her family and enjoys singing in the church choir and playing the piano. She has experienced the loss of a loved one due to addiction. As a volunteer with First Contact since December of 2014, she has a heart for working with families dealing with loved ones in addiction and helping support them through their struggles. She wants to help others understand and deal with the pain caused by addiction.
Barbara earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Christian Counseling and Biblical Studies from Laurel University (John Wesley College) and has served in addiction ministries for five years. She quickly learned that God’s promise, “God works all things together for good for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose” is real and is always true. She has seen firsthand how weakness becomes strength when we give it to God. She says that coming to the end of herself is the best thing she has ever done, and she continues to do it over and over again. She says, “turn your worries into worship and watch God turn your battles into blessings.” Prior to getting her degree in Christian Counseling, Barbara was in finance for 25 years. She has managed departments within credit unions and banks, and owned and operated her own financial services firm. She and her husband have a heart for those who struggle with addiction and consider it a blessing to be a part of God’s work at First Contact. She says that seeing God’s handiwork in healing the toughest of cases continues to increase her faith. Barbara was hired as the Administrator at First Contact and in October 2017 was nominated and approved to become the Treasurer. She says that although it is her job, it is definitely first and foremost her calling. She says that you couldn’t be in this ministry if you are not called. It is too hard. Barbara has a desire to participate in unity within the community and feels fortunate to see how God is moving this ministry forward to make a difference in individual’s lives, the lives of families and the community.