I am honored to currently serve as the Executive Director for Project 658. In this role I seek to lead our staff, volunteers and partners to engage Christ's call for us to change the world by serving our neighbors. I love that this ministry is aimed at mobilizing God's people and resources to serve families that face some of life's greatest challenges. To see hope brought back to these families is by far one of the greatest joys in my job. Everyday I wake up and get the chance to work with some of the most amazing people in our staff, volunteers and partners. God's call for our family to come and serve at this point has taken us on amazing journey that allowed us to serve with Cru, the Charlotte Eagles, Young Life and Sports Outreach Institute. At each one of these steps God was preparing us for what we are doing today. I am very blessed to be married to Betty and we have four wonderful children, Tyler, Bryce, Dylan and Avary.
I joined the Project 658 staff in 2011 as the Ministry Director. Born and raised in NE Ohio, I graduated from the Ohio State University with a degree in Education and then moved back home and married my high school sweetheart. After one year of teaching, I jumped around in various sales jobs before landing in the pharmaceutical industry for 8 years. While transitioning out, God began a call on my life into full-time ministry which led us here to Charlotte. I love what I do. I get to see firsthand everyday the power of lives being transformed with the Hope of the Gospel. I oversee projects that aim to restore Hope to a group of people who have been pushed aside in our city. I get to work for a mission that is making a difference in Charlotte. I live in Matthews with my wife, Kim and our 3 children- Ryan, Jacob and Katelyn. I also love music, Oreos, Dr. Pepper and my Buckeyes.
I joined the staff of Project 658 in 2011 as the Communications Coordinator. When The 658 Center opened in 2014, I moved into the role of Office Director. My job involves overseeing administrative operations of the ministry and assisting with our fundraising events and communications. I love that my job involves sharing about the ministry of the Project 658 and the stories of hope from people impacted. When I’m not working I enjoy watching college football and cheering on my Oklahoma Sooners! My family is a great blessing to me; I am married to Allan and we have son named Thomas and a black lab named Boomer.
I grew up in the foothills of North Carolina where God, family, and food were most important. I am the middle child between two boys so life has always been a wonderful sandwich. And no, I don't always ''speak food...'' In all seriousness, God is so good to me and I'm thankful He has brought me to Project 658 to spend time with a family of people from all over the world and to share food with them. I have been part of this beautiful situation since September 2015 after I graduated from Johnson & Wales University and I've been blown away by how the Lord has allowed me to use my skills and knowledge about food to minister to people. If you happen to stop by The 658 Center, you can find me teaching culinary classes, preparing for a catering event, or just dancing around the kitchen!
My name is Laurie Humphrey and I was born and raised in Tobaccoville, NC. I graduated from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in December of 2012 with a Bachelor's degree in psychology and a minor in Spanish. I ran track and cross-country for UNCW, volunteered in kids and youth ministry at my church, and worked for a non-profit called Vigilant Hope. I have always had a passion for missions, more specifically local ministry. My favorite part of my job is interacting with families in the neighborhood each day and being a part of each individual’s stories; joining them in their circumstances and living life together as a community. On a more personal note, my favorite candy is Junior Mints, I know Russian and sign language, and I could pretty much always jam out to some Beyonce.
My name is Sarah Atwell and I am thrilled to be joining the Project658 team to work with the Volunteer and Youth Ministries. I am a proud native Charlottean. I met Jesus right here in this neighborhood at a local Christian school and although I have been all around the world over the past few years He has lead me right back to the place where it all began. Community has always been something close to my heart and I am finding that here, not only with the staff but also with precious families I am fortunate to call my new friends from all walks of life and many nations. I graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a degree in International and Global Studies with a concentration in Human Rights. I am passionate about many things to include the community, dancing, traveling, family, funny puns, documentaries and really great desserts.
I am from Charlotte, NC and began teaching ESL for Project 658 in June 2013. Many of my adult students are illiterate in their own language. This provides me not only with the privilege of helping individuals strengthen their current English skills, but I also get to open the door of learning to some refugees who have never been afforded the opportunity of a classroom setting. I teach both beginner and advanced English, but my passion lies within the rudimentary learner. I love spending time with my husband, Jim and two daughters Maggie and Emma. My other interests are reading, writing, and spending time with my friends.
I am originally from Memphis, TN and soccer brought me to Charlotte after completing undergrad at UAB in Birmingham, AL. Once I completed my Masters in Christian Counseling at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary-Charlotte, I received my associate's license in marriage and family therapy before coming on staff as a counselor with Project 658 in June 2015. I enjoy walking with people through life's problems in a way that brings healing. When I am not working, I enjoy gardening and spending time outdoors.
Biography of Margie coming soon.
I am very excited to join the 658 Staff as the Event Coordinator. My husband, Eric, and I moved to Charlotte 4 years ago from Ohio with our our three kids, Ryan, Jacob, and Katelyn for Eric to join the 658 staff. I quickly found myself volunteering with fundraisers and events for Project 658. With the exciting opening of the 658 Center in September 2014 the use of the space has been amazing! It's a blessing to be apart of a mission where literally every single room in the building is being used for the work of the Lord. When I'm not organizing an event or spending time with my family, I love to play tennis!
I was born and raised in Maryland, and met my husband Kesed while we were attending Grace College in the sprawling metropolis of Winona Lake, Indiana. I graduated with degrees in Counseling and Criminal Justice, held a social work job for a while, and then worked for a local startup as an administrative assistant. Kesed and I moved to Charlotte in mid-2015. I have always been drawn to the nations, and used to think that to follow “the call” meant that one had to leave the USA. God has shown me that, while that may be true for some, the nations are also right here. I am so honored to apply my skills and experience at Project 658, and so pumped to be able to learn from my coworkers and the folks we meet every day! While I’m away from the 658 Center, I can be found hiking, experimenting with food, reading eighteen books at a time (nonfiction is my favorite), petting our angsty cat, and/or dancing to anything from finger-style guitar to hardcore.
I hail from The Land of Northeast Ohio. My love for soccer took me to Messiah College for my education in cross-cultural ministry. During my time there I was impacted by how easily we can connect with people from other cultures and religions right in our own backyards. After my four years there I moved to Charlotte to be a missionary with the Urban Eagles. As I grew in my understanding of the at-risk communities we live and work in, I was impressed by Project 658's broad approach in their ministries. Now I will be serving as part of the neighborhood outreach 'spoke' in Project 658's 'wheel'.