We are blessed to have a wonderful group of people serving on our CEF State Board. Maybe you know some of them? Click their photo to read more details about them.
Craig was born in Pakenham, Australia. He received a Bachelor of Business from Monash University, and upon graduation, began working as a chartered accountant. In 1984, Craig attended a Christian convention and responded to God’s call to offer his life for use in full-time ministry. Nearly three years later, Craig received a phone call from a member of The Gideons International conducting a personal recruitment drive and officially joined the Gideons on April 26, 1987.
During his time with The Gideons, he held several leadership positions, including executive director for The Gideons International in Australia. He and his family moved to Tennessee in November, 1999, where he joined the staff at the international headquarters as an assistant to the director of the International Division. He also served as director, National Associations Division; human resources manager; and chief operations officer; and executive director from July 2010 until December 2017.
He also undertook a 12 month assignment restructuring the Associations activities in the country of India. He has participated in major Scripture distribution programs to France, Portugal, Thailand and Senegal and has completed assignments to over 45 countries.
In 2008, Craig was awarded an MBA from Lipscomb University with an emphasis on Not For Profit Governance.
Craig recently completed 25 years service as a staff member of The Gideons and is now equipping Christian CEO’s and business owners build great businesses for a greater purpose, helping them integrate their faith and business in a healthy manner, representing The C12 Group. He is capitalizing on years of missional experience bringing Jesus to the market place.
Craig and Debbie have been married 33 years and have four adult children, two of which are married. They welcomed their first grandchild in December 2018. They attend The Donelson Fellowship where Debbie is the finance manager and Craig serves on the Evangelism Team, is a First Impressions team leader, and an assistant Sunday School teacher.
Craig has a passion to walk with others on their journey through life, finding their way ‘home.’
Lianna Hamm has served on the CEF of TN state board since February, 2016. She is a follower of Jesus Christ, a wife to Bill and mother of four blessings ages 6 to 11. She is a licensed attorney in both Tennessee and North Carolina, musician and former worship leader. She was previously employed as in-house counsel for Zapi, Inc. and later worked as the director of development for Cornerstone Schools of Washington, DC. In 2012, she began homeschooling her oldest child for Kindergarten and has continued to the present. In 2013, she founded the Bellevue Home School Association Cooperative and served as the Organizer until 2017. She remained on leadership and currently serves as the treasurer. She co-founded West Nashville Home Schoolers and was a board member from 2014-16.
She has traveled extensively throughout the world and recently served on a 12 day mission trip to Southeast Asia. She attends Forest Hills Baptist Church where she co-teaches an adult Sunday School class and Girls in Action missions class for 1st and 2nd grade girl. She has taught 4th grade VBS every summer since 2013. Lianna is passionate about reaching elementary children with the gospel of Jesus Christ through the ministry of CEF. She completed the CEF college credit course Teaching Children Effectively Level 1 and taught in a Good News Club from 2016-2018. May 7, 2018 she assumed the responsibilities of the Chair of the state board of CEF of TN, Inc.
Stan accepted Christ at the age of six years and followed in physical baptism at the age of nine years. He is currently a member of Third Baptist Church in Murfreesboro, TN, serving as a deacon for the last 32 years. He has been the Finance Committee Chair, Chairman of Deacons, Sunday School Department Director and teacher.
Stan and his wife met in High School and have been married for 39+ years. They have three children and seven grandchildren. All of their children and their two oldest grandchildren are Christ followers.
Stan has 40 years of business experience in fortune 500 companies, small companies and in non-profit organizations, in the finance side of these businesses. The first 14 years Stan served in the manufacturing sector holding position of general accounting manager, plant controller and division controller. The next 20 years were in service sector companies holding positions of Corporate Controller, Subsidiary CFO and Division Controller. The last six years have been served in the Non-profit rim serving as VP of finance and administration. He currently serves the United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties as their VP of Finance and Administration.
Stan has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Georgia, J. M. Tull School of Accounting, graduation date of 1978.
Jane has spent 36 years as an educator. She recently retired as the principal of a large multicultural elementary school in Nashville, TN with students from over 40 countries. A Good News Club was started in her school and is still being held there. She holds a B.A. and a B.S. degree from Welch College and a M.Ed and a M.Ed+30 from Middle Tennessee State University. She is presently working with Vanderbilt University at Peabody College, Trevecca University, and Welch College teaching and mentoring teacher education students. She attends The Donelson Fellowship and is active in their music and drama ministries. She is married to Pete and they have four grown children and are “Papa” and “Gram” to five grandchildren.
Ron is currently employed with Pinnacle Financial Partners, Nashville, Tennessee. Ron joined Pinnacle in January of 2006 as Senior Vice President & Manager of Client Services Group for Rutherford & Bedford Counties. Ron has enjoyed a long career in banking that started in 1979. Prior to joining Pinnacle, Ron was the retail banking executive for Regions Bank, overseeing 64 locations. Prior to that he spent 14 years at First American National Bank, where he served has the regional executive for community banking. He had responsibility for Rutherford County operations at each of these two banks.
Ron has been an active community member. He served as a ruling elder at Covenant Presbyterian Church, Nashville, TN. While at Covenant, he served as the World Missions Committee Chair and as the Leadership Development Committee Chair. He has previously served on the board of directors and chaired the budget committee for Bethany Christian Services, Inc. He has volunteered time for such organizations as Habitat for Humanity, YMCA, United Way, American Heart Association, and Special Olympics.
Ron obtained a bachelor of arts degree from Covenant College in 1980 and graduated from the Stonier’s Graduate School of Banking at the University of Delaware in 1988. He has also completed courses in Commercial Lending and Advanced Commercial Lending from the Darden Business School and the University of Virginia. Ron holds an insurance license with the State of Tennessee.
Ron is married to Rebecca Warren Carter. They have been married for over 32 years. Becky is currently a teacher on staff with St. Paul’s Academy in Nashville. Becky is a graduate of Belmont University. Ron and Becky have (5) children and (2) grandchildren.
Sherry has lived in Tennessee since March of 1994, when God called her here. She is originally a native Floridian. Sherry is currently employed with The Lampo Group, Inc. in Brentwood, Tennessee and has been a team member of The Lampo Group (Ramsey Solutions) since June of 2003. She is a Customer Care Service Specialist for Dave Ramsey.
Sherry is also very active in her community. She attends Peytonsville Baptist Church where she is a vibrant part of the Children’s Ministry and shares the love of Jesus with these children. She also continues to serve as the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association’s (Tennessee, District 7) Prayer Coordinator, which fuels her love of praying. In addition to that, she enjoys volunteering for both Tennessee Baptist Children’s Home and Graceworks Ministries, Inc. as her time allows.
Sherry has a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Graphic Design from Ringling College of Art & Design, Sarasota, FL, 1990. She also holds an Associate of Arts Degree in Commercial Art, Edison Community College, Fort Myers, FL 1987.
Is President and CEO of Global Industrial Components, Inc. (GIC), headquartered in Woodbury, Tennessee. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army, where he served as a medic. He is married with three children and four grandchildren. He and his wife, Beverly, live outside Murfreesboro, TN on a 40-acre farm.
With 25 years of experience in sales and operations of the Standard and Specialty Fasteners industry, Gerald stepped out on faith and established GIC in 1994. Since that time, business growth has been significant and consistent, and GIC is now one of the region’s largest distributors of fasteners and precision machined components to the automotive, lawn and garden, medical, marine and OEM industries, with an expanded range of Supply Chain Management services, sub-assembly and vendor managed inventory. An in-house, domestic screw machine manufacturing division was added and a trading company in Nanjing China was finalized in 2006 to support global operations. A distribution warehouse was established in 2006 in Oneonta, AL and was later moved to Blountsville, AL, where it remains today. In 2015, a Tampa, FL distribution warehouse was added. Mexico is the next landmark for GIC in 2016, and the formation of a Mexico entity, GIC de Mexico, was started in San Luis Potosi.
GIC has also formerly engaged in a strategic alliance throughout the USA and Mexico, representing Flaig-Hommel, a German corporation. Flaig-Hommel is a 70 year established cold heading fastener manufacturer, with facilities in Germany, Taiwan, Thailand, Poland and Russia, and supports major automotive manufacturers such as BMW, Mercedes and Volkswagen. This alliance will allow GIC to bring added value to its USA and Mexico customers.
Gerald utilized his Hispanic descent to become minority certified and is active in the home council in Tennessee, as well as the SRMSDC in the USA South Region.
He attributes his success to listening intently to his customers, a winning team spirit among his associates, and being blessed and guided by his faith.
Bill Campbell is the founder and co-owner with his wife, Kathy, of Business Partners Network, LLC (BPN). For over 15 years, BPN has been working with small businesses, assisting owners in addressing the many challenges of managing and growing a business. Prior to BPN, Bill owned and operated other businesses including automotive, merger and acquisition, and technology.
Bill also serves as Chief Capital Officer and strategic partner with Implement Now. Implement Now partners with entrepreneurs and leading brands to help them efficiently and effectively manage
manufacturing and supply chain.
Bill obtained a bachelor of science and MBA degrees from Florida State University. Bill and his wife Kathy live in Brentwood, Tennessee. They two children and five grandchildren. They are members of Grace Church: Nashville in Franklin, Tennessee.
John Paul started in the insurance industry in 1990; and in 1994, opened John Paul Financial Services in Cookeville offering life, health, along with group benefits. In 1996, he took extensive training in Legacy Planning by using the Revocable Living Trust. He holds Life, Heath, Legal, and Property licenses with the State of Tennessee, Georgia, and Ohio.
Since that time John has earned the designation of a Certified Senior Advisor (CSA) through the Society of Certified Senior Advisors, an Approved Financial Advisor through the National Ethics Bureau (NEB), and he is a member of:
- Better Business Bureau (BBB) of Middle Tennessee, Inc.
- National Association of Professional Agents (NAPA)
- Putnam County Chamber of Commerce
- Nashville Christian Chamber of Commerce
He is married with one child and one grandson. He and his wife, Gwen, live in Cookeville, Tennessee. John has served as pastor for two different churches. He and his wife have run a bus ministry for three different churches, and he has taught Sunday School for more than 10 years. John has also served as a board member for many different ministries:
- Cookeville Rescue Mission
- Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)
- Volunteer Chaplain at Cookeville Medical Center