Reconcile - Renew - Rebuild

providence home Staff

Executive Director Executive Director Rob Settle
Program Director Mike Byars
Development Director Christy Cox
Michael Del Francia Assistant Office Manager Michael Del Francia
Demetris DJ Johnson Case Worker Demetris “DJ” Johnson
Steven-Stevenson Resident Assistant Steven Stevenson

A Bio from Rob Settle

God has allowed Rob to have a broad spectrum of experience that makes him especially suited for his current executive director position.  Rob has his seminary degree in Theological Studies from Columbia International University, which has equipped him to serve 12 years in Christian education and 17 years in the pastorate.  He also has a Criminal Justice degree and spent 7 years in police work.  Therefore, his background in “law” and “grace” suits him well for his current role. He and his wife, Sally, attend Hope Church, where he serves as an elder.  His genuine love for the resident men is evident in all he does.

2 Chronicles 16:9a  For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him.

A Bio from Mike Byars

Mike grew up playing football, basketball, and baseball for Batesburg-Leesville High School and Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC, also earning B.A. degrees in Religion and Business Economics. After college, Mike began a long career in sales, including 21 years as an insurance commercial lines producer.  Through the years, he has served in Fellowship of Christian Athletes, as a youth pastor and as a volunteer with his church’s youth group and men’s ministry, as well as Christmas in Action.  Mike has three children, Zach, Hannah and Ethan, whom he cherishes. He enjoys dogs, being outdoors, hiking, movies, and attending live sports events and concerts.

During 2016-18, Mike’s life took drastic turn.  He became depressed, angry, and filled with grief. He turned to alcohol, and it took over his life like a locust swarm until everything was consumed. After coming to Providence Home during the summer of 2019, Mike began to gradually feel whole again through Christ and the love of the staff and residents.  He repented, and God began doing for him what He did for the nation of Judah in Joel 2:25 when He said, “I will restore to you the years that the locusts have eaten.” First God began restoring Mike to Himself, and since then has been gradually bringing restoration and blessing into a once broken life. God has put Mike back together and even placed a call on his heart to serve in ministry. 

Now, as Program Director, he wants to give back and serve the men who come the Providence Home by using his own experiences to point them to Christ. He wants to show them that through Him, freedom from addiction is possible, restoration is possible, a better way of living is possible….all things are possible.  They are “more than conquerors through Christ who loved them.”

Favorite Bible Verses: Romans 8:37, Joel 2:25 and 1Thessolonians 5: 16-22

A Bio from Christy Cox

Christy Cox currently now serves as the Developmental Director of Providence Home. She has three decades of experience in communications, working as a television reporter and then in government, at the state and federal levels, including at the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa, Canada. She has been a special advisor at the Nelson Mullins law firm since 2009. Christy started two businesses that she uses to honor Christ, and God has taken her on a journey from “chasing success to finding significance” that ultimately led her to Providence Home. She and her husband, Tobe, are parents to William, a member of the South Carolina National Guard who is finishing up his degree at Clemson University, and Reagan, who is pursuing a degree in business at Columbia International University.  They attended Hope Church. 

Daniel 3:18 But even if he doesn’t, we want to make it clear to you, Your Majesty, that we will never serve your gods or worship the gold statue you have set up.

A Bio from Michael Del Francia

Michael comes to Providence Home with a strong background in business sales and the cosmetic industry.  Originally from California, he entered Providence Home as a resident in June 2020 and quickly thrived – earning a spot on our staff as Administrative Assistant in September of that year.  His technological skills, efficiency, and most of all his love for and devotion to Jesus Christ and sharing His love, make him an integral part of the Providence Home staff and a special blessing to the resident men who rely on Michael for guidance and spiritual insight. “I came into Providence Home on June 8 broken, exhausted, beat up, and alone. The Lord promised, “I will take care of all your needs.” As a resident, I was able to be in His rest. Things that were broken were made whole, and I was surrounded by loving people.  I know that He is God and His promises are true.  When the blessing came that I could work for the Lord in a ministry that has given me so much, I gave my YES to the Lord,” Michael says of his important role here at Providence Home.  

Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning, God created heaven and earth.” 

A Bio from Demetris “DJ” Johnson

Demetris “DJ” Johnson is a businessman with a deep love for Jesus. It is that love that drives him as our case worker at Providence Home, ministering and mentoring to men whose experiences he not only understands – but once shared.  DJ says the Lord led him to Providence Home in January 2021 when he felt he was losing his way again after years of living victoriously.  Looking for accountability and discipline, DJ dove into his relationship with Christ, thriving at Providence Home as a resident, and meeting all our standards for “graduation.”  When the case worker position opened, the Providence Team prayed and realized that even though DJ successfully left the program, there was no one better to help administer it.  Deeply admired by the staff and our resident men for his work ethic, wisdom, and devotion to Jesus, DJ thinks God has him exactly where He’s meant to be. 

Psalm 23: “The Lord is my shepherd.”

A Bio from Steven Stevenson

Steven came to Providence Home on August 6, 2018 due to changes in his previous living situation involving a devastating experience.  Thankfully, having been involved in Celebrate Recovery for many years, he had the tools to get him through this traumatic time.  Steven recalls it was a time to get back to putting his focus on God.  He knows that God had a plan and purpose for him being at Providence Home.  Steven joined the staff of Providence Home in 2019 to assist residents during intake and regarding their steps to progress.  His goal is to help other resident men realize their potential and God’s purpose for their life.

Proverbs 18:10 The name of the Lord is a strong tower;
    the righteous man runs into it and is safe.  

providence home Staff

Executive Director Executive Director Rob Settle
Program Director Mike Byars
Development Director Christy Cox
Michael Del Francia Assistant Office Manager Michael Del Francia

A Bio from Rob Settle

God has allowed Rob to have a broad spectrum of experience that makes him especially suited for his current executive director position.  Rob has his seminary degree in Theological Studies from Columbia International University, which has equipped him to serve 12 years in Christian education and 17 years in the pastorate.  He also has a Criminal Justice degree and spent 7 years in police work.  Therefore, his background in “law” and “grace” suits him well for his current role. He and his wife, Sally, attend Hope Church, where he serves as an elder.  His genuine love for the resident men is evident in all he does.

2 Chronicles 16:9a  For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him.

A Bio from Mike Byars

Mike grew up playing football, basketball, and baseball for Batesburg-Leesville High School and Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC, also earning B.A. degrees in Religion and Business Economics. After college, Mike began a long career in sales, including 21 years as an insurance commercial lines producer.  Through the years, he has served in Fellowship of Christian Athletes, as a youth pastor and as a volunteer with his church’s youth group and men’s ministry, as well as Christmas in Action.  Mike has three children, Zach, Hannah and Ethan, whom he cherishes. He enjoys dogs, being outdoors, hiking, movies, and attending live sports events and concerts.

During 2016-18, Mike’s life took drastic turn.  He became depressed, angry, and filled with grief. He turned to alcohol, and it took over his life like a locust swarm until everything was consumed. After coming to Providence Home during the summer of 2019, Mike began to gradually feel whole again through Christ and the love of the staff and residents.  He repented, and God began doing for him what He did for the nation of Judah in Joel 2:25 when He said, “I will restore to you the years that the locusts have eaten.” First God began restoring Mike to Himself, and since then has been gradually bringing restoration and blessing into a once broken life. God has put Mike back together and even placed a call on his heart to serve in ministry. 

Now, as Program Director, he wants to give back and serve the men who come the Providence Home by using his own experiences to point them to Christ. He wants to show them that through Him, freedom from addiction is possible, restoration is possible, a better way of living is possible….all things are possible.  They are “more than conquerors through Christ who loved them.”

Favorite Bible Verses: Romans 8:37, Joel 2:25 and 1Thessolonians 5: 16-22

A Bio from Christy Cox

Christy Cox currently now serves as the Developmental Director of Providence Home. She has three decades of experience in communications, working as a television reporter and then in government, at the state and federal levels, including at the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa, Canada. She has been a special advisor at the Nelson Mullins law firm since 2009. Christy started two businesses that she uses to honor Christ, and God has taken her on a journey from “chasing success to finding significance” that ultimately led her to Providence Home. She and her husband, Tobe, are parents to William, a member of the South Carolina National Guard who is finishing up his degree at Clemson University, and Reagan, who is pursuing a degree in business at Columbia International University.  They attended Hope Church. 

Daniel 3:18 But even if he doesn’t, we want to make it clear to you, Your Majesty, that we will never serve your gods or worship the gold statue you have set up.

A Bio from Michael Del Francia

Michael comes to Providence Home with a strong background in business sales and the cosmetic industry.  Originally from California, he entered Providence Home as a resident in June 2020 and quickly thrived – earning a spot on our staff as Administrative Assistant in September of that year.  His technological skills, efficiency, and most of all his love for and devotion to Jesus Christ and sharing His love, make him an integral part of the Providence Home staff and a special blessing to the resident men who rely on Michael for guidance and spiritual insight. “I came into Providence Home on June 8 broken, exhausted, beat up, and alone. The Lord promised, “I will take care of all your needs.” As a resident, I was able to be in His rest. Things that were broken were made whole, and I was surrounded by loving people.  I know that He is God and His promises are true.  When the blessing came that I could work for the Lord in a ministry that has given me so much, I gave my YES to the Lord,” Michael says of his important role here at Providence Home.  

Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning, God created heaven and earth.” 

Demetris DJ Johnson Case Worker Demetris “DJ” Johnson
Steven-Stevenson Resident Assistant Steven Stevenson

A Bio from Demetris “DJ” Johnson

Demetris “DJ” Johnson is a businessman with a deep love for Jesus. It is that love that drives him as our case worker at Providence Home, ministering and mentoring to men whose experiences he not only understands – but once shared.  DJ says the Lord led him to Providence Home in January 2021 when he felt he was losing his way again after years of living victoriously.  Looking for accountability and discipline, DJ dove into his relationship with Christ, thriving at Providence Home as a resident, and meeting all our standards for “graduation.”  When the case worker position opened, the Providence Team prayed and realized that even though DJ successfully left the program, there was no one better to help administer it.  Deeply admired by the staff and our resident men for his work ethic, wisdom, and devotion to Jesus, DJ thinks God has him exactly where He’s meant to be. 

Psalm 23: “The Lord is my shepherd.”

A Bio from Steven Stevenson

Steven came to Providence Home on August 6, 2018 due to changes in his previous living situation involving a devastating experience.  Thankfully, having been involved in Celebrate Recovery for many years, he had the tools to get him through this traumatic time.  Steven recalls it was a time to get back to putting his focus on God.  He knows that God had a plan and purpose for him being at Providence Home.  Steven joined the staff of Providence Home in 2019 to assist residents during intake and regarding their steps to progress.  His goal is to help other resident men realize their potential and God’s purpose for their life.

Proverbs 18:10 The name of the Lord is a strong tower;
    the righteous man runs into it and is safe.  

providence home Staff

Executive Director Executive Director Rob Settle
Program Director Mike Byars
Development Director Christy Cox

A Bio from Rob Settle

God has allowed Rob to have a broad spectrum of experience that makes him especially suited for his current executive director position.  Rob has his seminary degree in Theological Studies from Columbia International University, which has equipped him to serve 12 years in Christian education and 17 years in the pastorate.  He also has a Criminal Justice degree and spent 7 years in police work.  Therefore, his background in “law” and “grace” suits him well for his current role. He and his wife, Sally, attend Hope Church, where he serves as an elder.  His genuine love for the resident men is evident in all he does.

2 Chronicles 16:9a  For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him.

A Bio from Mike Byars

Mike grew up playing football, basketball, and baseball for Batesburg-Leesville High School and Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC, also earning B.A. degrees in Religion and Business Economics. After college, Mike began a long career in sales, including 21 years as an insurance commercial lines producer.  Through the years, he has served in Fellowship of Christian Athletes, as a youth pastor and as a volunteer with his church’s youth group and men’s ministry, as well as Christmas in Action.  Mike has three children, Zach, Hannah and Ethan, whom he cherishes. He enjoys dogs, being outdoors, hiking, movies, and attending live sports events and concerts.

During 2016-18, Mike’s life took drastic turn.  He became depressed, angry, and filled with grief. He turned to alcohol, and it took over his life like a locust swarm until everything was consumed. After coming to Providence Home during the summer of 2019, Mike began to gradually feel whole again through Christ and the love of the staff and residents.  He repented, and God began doing for him what He did for the nation of Judah in Joel 2:25 when He said, “I will restore to you the years that the locusts have eaten.” First God began restoring Mike to Himself, and since then has been gradually bringing restoration and blessing into a once broken life. God has put Mike back together and even placed a call on his heart to serve in ministry. 

Now, as Program Director, he wants to give back and serve the men who come the Providence Home by using his own experiences to point them to Christ. He wants to show them that through Him, freedom from addiction is possible, restoration is possible, a better way of living is possible….all things are possible.  They are “more than conquerors through Christ who loved them.”

Favorite Bible Verses: Romans 8:37, Joel 2:25 and 1Thessolonians 5: 16-22

A Bio from Christy Cox

Christy Cox currently now serves as the Developmental Director of Providence Home. She has three decades of experience in communications, working as a television reporter and then in government, at the state and federal levels, including at the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa, Canada. She has been a special advisor at the Nelson Mullins law firm since 2009. Christy started two businesses that she uses to honor Christ, and God has taken her on a journey from “chasing success to finding significance” that ultimately led her to Providence Home. She and her husband, Tobe, are parents to William, a member of the South Carolina National Guard who is finishing up his degree at Clemson University, and Reagan, who is pursuing a degree in business at Columbia International University.  They attended Hope Church. 

Daniel 3:18 But even if he doesn’t, we want to make it clear to you, Your Majesty, that we will never serve your gods or worship the gold statue you have set up.

Michael Del Francia Assistant Office Manager Michael Del Francia
Demetris DJ Johnson Case Worker Demetris “DJ” Johnson
Steven-Stevenson Resident Assistant Steven Stevenson

A Bio from Michael Del Francia

Michael comes to Providence Home with a strong background in business sales and the cosmetic industry.  Originally from California, he entered Providence Home as a resident in June 2020 and quickly thrived – earning a spot on our staff as Administrative Assistant in September of that year.  His technological skills, efficiency, and most of all his love for and devotion to Jesus Christ and sharing His love, make him an integral part of the Providence Home staff and a special blessing to the resident men who rely on Michael for guidance and spiritual insight. “I came into Providence Home on June 8 broken, exhausted, beat up, and alone. The Lord promised, “I will take care of all your needs.” As a resident, I was able to be in His rest. Things that were broken were made whole, and I was surrounded by loving people.  I know that He is God and His promises are true.  When the blessing came that I could work for the Lord in a ministry that has given me so much, I gave my YES to the Lord,” Michael says of his important role here at Providence Home.  

Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning, God created heaven and earth.” 

A Bio from Demetris “DJ” Johnson

Demetris “DJ” Johnson is a businessman with a deep love for Jesus. It is that love that drives him as our case worker at Providence Home, ministering and mentoring to men whose experiences he not only understands – but once shared.  DJ says the Lord led him to Providence Home in January 2021 when he felt he was losing his way again after years of living victoriously.  Looking for accountability and discipline, DJ dove into his relationship with Christ, thriving at Providence Home as a resident, and meeting all our standards for “graduation.”  When the case worker position opened, the Providence Team prayed and realized that even though DJ successfully left the program, there was no one better to help administer it.  Deeply admired by the staff and our resident men for his work ethic, wisdom, and devotion to Jesus, DJ thinks God has him exactly where He’s meant to be. 

Psalm 23: “The Lord is my shepherd.”

A Bio from Steven Stevenson

Steven came to Providence Home on August 6, 2018 due to changes in his previous living situation involving a devastating experience.  Thankfully, having been involved in Celebrate Recovery for many years, he had the tools to get him through this traumatic time.  Steven recalls it was a time to get back to putting his focus on God.  He knows that God had a plan and purpose for him being at Providence Home.  Steven joined the staff of Providence Home in 2019 to assist residents during intake and regarding their steps to progress.  His goal is to help other resident men realize their potential and God’s purpose for their life.

Proverbs 18:10 The name of the Lord is a strong tower;
    the righteous man runs into it and is safe.  

providence home Executive Board

William Brumbach - Board of Directors Chairman William Brumbach
Mark Donnelly - Board of Directors Vice-Chairman Mark Donnelly
Edwin Davis-Board of Directors Secretary Edwin Davis
reggie boan board member Board Treasurer Reggie Boan

A Bio from William Brumbach

Will Brumbach is an attorney who holds the Labor Relations Manager position at Dominion Energy, Inc.  As a dedicated board member Will has shared his expertise on many occasions to assist Providence Home.  He loves camping with his daughters, Amelia and Claire.  They attend Shandon United Methodist Church and serve meals regularly to residents on campus. 

A Bio from Mark Donnelly

Mark Donnelly is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and the owner of Donnelly Renovations, which makes him a huge help serving on the Building Committee at Providence Home!   Mark is a member at Trenholm Rd. United Methodist Church where he holds the position of Stephen Minister Leader.  Hobbies include “therapy” time working in the yard and going RV camping with his wife, Dianne.  They are proud parents of two daughters, Brittany and Cydney. 

A Bio from Edwin Davis

Born in Columbia S.C., Edwin has lived in the city all his life. He graduated from USC with major in math, completed a master’s degree, and worked for IBM before joining the family manufacturing business, The Marwin Company.  Later, he entered the garage door business by starting Bilt Rite Garage Doors, concluding a 44-year career in 2017 when he retired.  He is married to his high school sweetheart, Jane, and after 54 years, they have three children (Haden, Andy, and Neely) and five grandchildren.  He and Jane are members of Riverland Hills Baptist Church since 1970, and he has served as a deacon and on many committees including Executive, Nominating Personnel, and others.  Edwin enjoys reading and being around Lake Murray. For many years, he has supported homeless and prison ministries. What most people do not know about Edwin is that as a young teenager, he had a horse, and his parents gave me the choice give up the horse or the girl friend.  He gave up the horse and later married the girlfriend! 

A Bio from Reggie Boan

Reggie Boan has been an active member of Gateway Baptist Church for some 30 years, serving on and chairing various committees.  He brings his longtime experience and expertise as a public accountant and financial advisor to our Providence Home Board where he currently serves as our treasurer.  Married to Janet since 1979, the Boans feel richly blessed by their two adult daughters and the gift of health.  They enjoy traveling together.  Reggie, an avid walking-running enthusiast, has completed several half marathons with their daughters.

2 Timothy 3:16-17

providence home Executive Board

William Brumbach - Board of Directors Chairman William Brumbach
Mark Donnelly - Board of Directors Vice-Chairman Mark Donnelly
Edwin Davis-Board of Directors Secretary Edwin Davis
reggie boan board member Board Treasurer Reggie Boan

A Bio from William Brumbach

Will Brumbach is an attorney who holds the Labor Relations Manager position at Dominion Energy, Inc.  As a dedicated board member Will has shared his expertise on many occasions to assist Providence Home.  He loves camping with his daughters, Amelia and Claire.  They attend Shandon United Methodist Church and serve meals regularly to residents on campus. 

A Bio from Mark Donnelly

Mark Donnelly is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and the owner of Donnelly Renovations, which makes him a huge help serving on the Building Committee at Providence Home!   Mark is a member at Trenholm Rd. United Methodist Church where he holds the position of Stephen Minister Leader.  Hobbies include “therapy” time working in the yard and going RV camping with his wife, Dianne.  They are proud parents of two daughters, Brittany and Cydney. 

A Bio from Edwin Davis

Born in Columbia S.C., Edwin has lived in the city all his life. He graduated from USC with major in math, completed a master’s degree, and worked for IBM before joining the family manufacturing business, The Marwin Company.  Later, he entered the garage door business by starting Bilt Rite Garage Doors, concluding a 44-year career in 2017 when he retired.  He is married to his high school sweetheart, Jane, and after 54 years, they have three children (Haden, Andy, and Neely) and five grandchildren.  He and Jane are members of Riverland Hills Baptist Church since 1970, and he has served as a deacon and on many committees including Executive, Nominating Personnel, and others.  Edwin enjoys reading and being around Lake Murray. For many years, he has supported homeless and prison ministries. What most people do not know about Edwin is that as a young teenager, he had a horse, and his parents gave me the choice give up the horse or the girl friend.  He gave up the horse and later married the girlfriend! 

A Bio from Reggie Boan

Reggie Boan has been an active member of Gateway Baptist Church for some 30 years, serving on and chairing various committees.  He brings his longtime experience and expertise as a public accountant and financial advisor to our Providence Home Board where he currently serves as our treasurer.  Married to Janet since 1979, the Boans feel richly blessed by their two adult daughters and the gift of health.  They enjoy traveling together.  Reggie, an avid walking-running enthusiast, has completed several half marathons with their daughters.

2 Timothy 3:16-17

providence home Executive Board

William Brumbach - Board of Directors Chairman William Brumbach
Mark Donnelly - Board of Directors Vice-Chairman Mark Donnelly
Edwin Davis-Board of Directors Secretary Edwin Davis

A Bio from William Brumbach

Will Brumbach is an attorney who holds the Labor Relations Manager position at Dominion Energy, Inc.  As a dedicated board member Will has shared his expertise on many occasions to assist Providence Home.  He loves camping with his daughters, Amelia and Claire.  They attend Shandon United Methodist Church and serve meals regularly to residents on campus. 

A Bio from Mark Donnelly

Mark Donnelly is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and the owner of Donnelly Renovations, which makes him a huge help serving on the Building Committee at Providence Home!   Mark is a member at Trenholm Rd. United Methodist Church where he holds the position of Stephen Minister Leader.  Hobbies include “therapy” time working in the yard and going RV camping with his wife, Dianne.  They are proud parents of two daughters, Brittany and Cydney. 

A Bio from Edwin Davis

Born in Columbia S.C., Edwin has lived in the city all his life. He graduated from USC with major in math, completed a master’s degree, and worked for IBM before joining the family manufacturing business, The Marwin Company.  Later, he entered the garage door business by starting Bilt Rite Garage Doors, concluding a 44-year career in 2017 when he retired.  He is married to his high school sweetheart, Jane, and after 54 years, they have three children (Haden, Andy, and Neely) and five grandchildren.  He and Jane are members of Riverland Hills Baptist Church since 1970, and he has served as a deacon and on many committees including Executive, Nominating Personnel, and others.  Edwin enjoys reading and being around Lake Murray. For many years, he has supported homeless and prison ministries. What most people do not know about Edwin is that as a young teenager, he had a horse, and his parents gave me the choice give up the horse or the girl friend.  He gave up the horse and later married the girlfriend! 

reggie boan board member Board Treasurer Reggie Boan

A Bio from Reggie Boan

Reggie Boan has been an active member of Gateway Baptist Church for some 30 years, serving on and chairing various committees.  He brings his longtime experience and expertise as a public accountant and financial advisor to our Providence Home Board where he currently serves as our treasurer.  Married to Janet since 1979, the Boans feel richly blessed by their two adult daughters and the gift of health.  They enjoy traveling together.  Reggie, an avid walking-running enthusiast, has completed several half marathons with their daughters.

2 Timothy 3:16-17

providence home board of directors

Matt Thompson
Kim Abbot Kim Abbott
J.W. Hayes - Board of Directors J.W. Hayes
Tara Whitfield - Board of Directors Tara Whitfield
Brantley Hanna - Board of Directors Brantley Hanna
Henry “Papa” Hennagan
Hal Stevenson - Board of Directors Hal Stevenson
Henry Rollins - Board of Directors Henry Rollins
Mike Millington Mike Millington
Beth Atwater Beth Atwater

A Bio from Matt Thompson

Matt has been leading organizations through successful growth and change for over 21 years. Throughout his career he has served in senior leadership roles, including CEO, COO, Senior Consultant, and Executive VP for organizations across multiple industries. In addition, Matt has had the pleasure of spearheading multiple start-up ventures that experienced rapid expansion. He is supremely talented in the areas of operational planning and implementation, staff development, recruitment, business development, and marketing.

In 2005, Matt co-founded Capital Marketing Group that would later be re-branded as Splash Omnimedia. He brought his vast experience and knowledge to the table to provide organizations more relevant marketing options that deliver a high ROI. His experience has taught him to analyze an organization’s marketing strategy, sales, and communication processes as an overall business issue. The byproduct of his analysis is highly measurable, performance-driven marketing strategies with clear objectives.

Psalm 120:1

A Bio from Kim Abbott

Kim and her husband, David, are drawn to ministries that change lives. As “empty-nesters,” they have raised a son, Bryan, and daughter, Mary Ellen, now married. Kim and David are both active in Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) and sports and attend Shandon Baptist Church.  Kim loves anything sports, having played amateur tournaments and coached Women’s Golf at USC. She currently serves as the Assistant Athletic Director at Columbia International University. She originally started their Intercollegiate Athletics program in 2010 as the Athletic Director and left briefly to take care of elderly parents in the Midwest, returning to serve at CIU once again.   

A Bio from J.W. Hayes

J.W. Hayes is currently the Postmaster at Columbia International University.  He has four wonderful children, J.W. Hayes Jr, Michele Hayes, Lakiesha Hayes, and Keith Hayes.  J.W. attends the Columbia Christian Fellowship where he is a dedicated member.  He enjoys fishing on his spare time.  J.W. Hayes’ story as a former addict and criminal and saved by the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, helps him relate to the ministry of Providence Home.  He has been in fellowship with the Lord ever since his conversion and testifies continually to God’s goodness.  

A Bio from Tara Whitfield

Tara Whitfield is retired from the SC Department of Mental Health and enjoys serving others.  She is constantly helping at Seven Oaks Presbyterian Church where she is an active member of the Roads & Anchor Sunday school class and serves in the Funeral Ministry, Worship Committee and Good News Committee.  On her free time Tara enjoys a variety of crafting and activities, spending time enjoying the beauty of nature, journaling, and caring for animals.  A little-known fact about Tara is that Francis Scott Key, the author of our American national anthem “The Star-Spangled Banner,” was the brother of her great-grandfather, John Alfred Key. She is married to her husband John Whitfield and they have four children: Pickens, Laurel, Cy, and Jonathan.  

A Bio from Brantley Hanna

Brantley Hanna is a retired Battalion Chief with the Columbia Fire Department and currently is the owner of Custom Lawn Service, MM&M Properties, and co-owner of Whit’s End Vacation Properties.  He loves getting up early and working (or playing golf). Brantley has been married to his beautiful bride, Jennifer Hanna, for an awesome 25 years.  Together they have four daughters, Maddie 22, Mollie 20, McKenzie 17 and Macie 13.  Brantley is a proud member of the Village Church in Blythewood for the past twelve years where he helps lead an annual mission trip to Haiti and Financial Peace University classes, while also helping with weekly youth activities and the 11th grade Bible study his wife leads. He is a coach for men and couples in financial issues and keeps everyone laughing with his humorous approach to life! 

A Bio from Henry “Papa” Hennagan

“Papa” Henry Hennagan was born on July 28th, 1944 and “born again” at age fourteen.  He is the third child in his family with three brothers and three sisters.  Henry served in the military with the U.S. Air Force for over eight years. Afterward, he was also employed as a Customer Service Technician with IBM, a Communications Consultant and Line men with Southern Bell, a Service Manager of the South Carolina region for Simplex, an Electronic Media Specialist and Producer of a WMHK program at the Columbia Bible College, and in Revenue Recovery at UPS Unit until retirement.  


“Papa” Henry is an ordained minister and has served in many capacities, such as an Outreach Development and Instructor with Child Evangelism Fellowship and in the church with a ministry of encouragement to believers, evangelistic outreach, and preaching. Henry has a burden for seeing families reconciled through Jesus Christ, with a focus on prayer. He and his wife, Mary, have been married 55 years and have six children, thirteen grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. They are a valued part of the Providence Home family, taking time to meet with Providence Home staff weekly and pray for the resident men and ministry.  

A Bio from Hal Stevenson

Born in Rock Hill, Mr. Stevenson graduated from Wofford College in 1981. After developing billboard sites across the country with his wife Diana, they established what is now known as Grace Outdoor Advertising in Columbia in 1987. Grace manages over 300 billboard displays in the Carolinas and Georgia, including 35 digital billboards.  Active for many years in business, political, civic, and Christian organizations, Hal currently serves on the boards of the Outdoor Advertising Association of South Carolina, the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce and the Vista Guild, Columbia’s premier art and entertainment district. He is a past president of the Columbia Rotary Club and former chairman of the SC Chamber of Commerce Small Business Council. He recently rotated off the board of the Greater Columbia Community Relations Council where he served for 10 years. Many people would be surprised to know that in 1996 and 2000, he ran the presidential campaign for Alan Keyes in South Carolina.  Hal and Diana, a Columbia native and USC graduate, also have 5 children (Alex, Hannah, Noelle, Grace, and Jacob) one grandson (Calvin) with 2 more on the way! The Stevenson’s are founding members of River City Chapel, an independent church plant that meets at the SC State Museum, where Hal serves on the leadership council. Hal’s hobbies include playing golf and tennis, learning Spanish and Guitar, and spending time with family and friends.  

A Bio from Henry Rollins

After graduating from Wofford College, Henry Rollins began a career in real estate that has continued for 49 years.  He has been working in Columbia and the surrounding areas for 49 years.  Henry Continues to enjoy working with people and helping them find the perfect home for their needs.     Henry has been married to his lovely bride for 44 years, and together they have four children and nine grandchildren of which they are extremely proud.  Henry has been a lifelong member of the Methodist church and has served on the Finance Committee and Board of Trustees.  Henry says being on the Providence Home Board of Directors has been one of his most rewarding experiences of his life and says, “Witnessing God working through the staff and volunteers in helping men transform their lives is truly amazing.” 

A Bio from Mike Millington

Mike Millington currently serves as the Area Director for the Northern Midlands Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA). Mike and his family moved to Chapin, SC in July of 2018. Prior to joining staff with FCA in 2016, Mike was a youth pastor at a church in the Twin Cities (MN). Mike and his wife Janelle are blessed with three children; Connor, Lydia, and Kiara. Mike enjoys cooking, being with his family, golf and ice hockey. Mike strives each day to serve and honor the Lord and is thankful for a new life in Jesus Christ!

A Bio from Beth Atwater

Beth Atwater is a founding partner of Atwater and Associates and has practiced law in public service at the federal and state levels. She has a special focus on charter schools and extensive experience in state government, having worked for the Office of the SC Attorney General and for the SC Speaker of the House.  A devoted wife to Todd and mom to Caroline, a 2021 graduate of Furman University who is teaching in Arizona, and Jim, a junior attending Clemson University who is also a graduate of the prestigious South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics, Beth is known as a fierce prayer warrior totally devoted to Jesus.  The Atwaters are longtime members of First Presbyterian Church in Columbia. 

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Matt Thompson
Kim Abbot Kim Abbott
J.W. Hayes - Board of Directors J.W. Hayes
Tara Whitfield - Board of Directors Tara Whitfield

A Bio from Matt Thompson

Matt has been leading organizations through successful growth and change for over 21 years. Throughout his career he has served in senior leadership roles, including CEO, COO, Senior Consultant, and Executive VP for organizations across multiple industries. In addition, Matt has had the pleasure of spearheading multiple start-up ventures that experienced rapid expansion. He is supremely talented in the areas of operational planning and implementation, staff development, recruitment, business development, and marketing.

In 2005, Matt co-founded Capital Marketing Group that would later be re-branded as Splash Omnimedia. He brought his vast experience and knowledge to the table to provide organizations more relevant marketing options that deliver a high ROI. His experience has taught him to analyze an organization’s marketing strategy, sales, and communication processes as an overall business issue. The byproduct of his analysis is highly measurable, performance-driven marketing strategies with clear objectives.

Psalm 120:1

A Bio from Kim Abbott

Kim and her husband, David, are drawn to ministries that change lives. As “empty-nesters,” they have raised a son, Bryan, and daughter, Mary Ellen, now married. Kim and David are both active in Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) and sports and attend Shandon Baptist Church.  Kim loves anything sports, having played amateur tournaments and coached Women’s Golf at USC. She currently serves as the Assistant Athletic Director at Columbia International University. She originally started their Intercollegiate Athletics program in 2010 as the Athletic Director and left briefly to take care of elderly parents in the Midwest, returning to serve at CIU once again.   

A Bio from J.W. Hayes

J.W. Hayes is currently the Postmaster at Columbia International University.  He has four wonderful children, J.W. Hayes Jr, Michele Hayes, Lakiesha Hayes, and Keith Hayes.  J.W. attends the Columbia Christian Fellowship where he is a dedicated member.  He enjoys fishing on his spare time.  J.W. Hayes’ story as a former addict and criminal and saved by the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, helps him relate to the ministry of Providence Home.  He has been in fellowship with the Lord ever since his conversion and testifies continually to God’s goodness.  

A Bio from Tara Whitfield

Tara Whitfield is retired from the SC Department of Mental Health and enjoys serving others.  She is constantly helping at Seven Oaks Presbyterian Church where she is an active member of the Roads & Anchor Sunday school class and serves in the Funeral Ministry, Worship Committee and Good News Committee.  On her free time Tara enjoys a variety of crafting and activities, spending time enjoying the beauty of nature, journaling, and caring for animals.  A little-known fact about Tara is that Francis Scott Key, the author of our American national anthem “The Star-Spangled Banner,” was the brother of her great-grandfather, John Alfred Key. She is married to her husband John Whitfield and they have four children: Pickens, Laurel, Cy, and Jonathan.  

Brantley Hanna - Board of Directors Brantley Hanna
Henry “Papa” Hennagan
Hal Stevenson - Board of Directors Hal Stevenson
Henry Rollins - Board of Directors Henry Rollins

A Bio from Brantley Hanna

Brantley Hanna is a retired Battalion Chief with the Columbia Fire Department and currently is the owner of Custom Lawn Service, MM&M Properties, and co-owner of Whit’s End Vacation Properties.  He loves getting up early and working (or playing golf). Brantley has been married to his beautiful bride, Jennifer Hanna, for an awesome 25 years.  Together they have four daughters, Maddie 22, Mollie 20, McKenzie 17 and Macie 13.  Brantley is a proud member of the Village Church in Blythewood for the past twelve years where he helps lead an annual mission trip to Haiti and Financial Peace University classes, while also helping with weekly youth activities and the 11th grade Bible study his wife leads. He is a coach for men and couples in financial issues and keeps everyone laughing with his humorous approach to life! 

A Bio from Henry “Papa” Hennagan

“Papa” Henry Hennagan was born on July 28th, 1944 and “born again” at age fourteen.  He is the third child in his family with three brothers and three sisters.  Henry served in the military with the U.S. Air Force for over eight years. Afterward, he was also employed as a Customer Service Technician with IBM, a Communications Consultant and Line men with Southern Bell, a Service Manager of the South Carolina region for Simplex, an Electronic Media Specialist and Producer of a WMHK program at the Columbia Bible College, and in Revenue Recovery at UPS Unit until retirement.  


“Papa” Henry is an ordained minister and has served in many capacities, such as an Outreach Development and Instructor with Child Evangelism Fellowship and in the church with a ministry of encouragement to believers, evangelistic outreach, and preaching. Henry has a burden for seeing families reconciled through Jesus Christ, with a focus on prayer. He and his wife, Mary, have been married 55 years and have six children, thirteen grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. They are a valued part of the Providence Home family, taking time to meet with Providence Home staff weekly and pray for the resident men and ministry.  

A Bio from Hal Stevenson

Born in Rock Hill, Mr. Stevenson graduated from Wofford College in 1981. After developing billboard sites across the country with his wife Diana, they established what is now known as Grace Outdoor Advertising in Columbia in 1987. Grace manages over 300 billboard displays in the Carolinas and Georgia, including 35 digital billboards.  Active for many years in business, political, civic, and Christian organizations, Hal currently serves on the boards of the Outdoor Advertising Association of South Carolina, the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce and the Vista Guild, Columbia’s premier art and entertainment district. He is a past president of the Columbia Rotary Club and former chairman of the SC Chamber of Commerce Small Business Council. He recently rotated off the board of the Greater Columbia Community Relations Council where he served for 10 years. Many people would be surprised to know that in 1996 and 2000, he ran the presidential campaign for Alan Keyes in South Carolina.  Hal and Diana, a Columbia native and USC graduate, also have 5 children (Alex, Hannah, Noelle, Grace, and Jacob) one grandson (Calvin) with 2 more on the way! The Stevenson’s are founding members of River City Chapel, an independent church plant that meets at the SC State Museum, where Hal serves on the leadership council. Hal’s hobbies include playing golf and tennis, learning Spanish and Guitar, and spending time with family and friends.  

A Bio from Henry Rollins

After graduating from Wofford College, Henry Rollins began a career in real estate that has continued for 49 years.  He has been working in Columbia and the surrounding areas for 49 years.  Henry Continues to enjoy working with people and helping them find the perfect home for their needs.     Henry has been married to his lovely bride for 44 years, and together they have four children and nine grandchildren of which they are extremely proud.  Henry has been a lifelong member of the Methodist church and has served on the Finance Committee and Board of Trustees.  Henry says being on the Providence Home Board of Directors has been one of his most rewarding experiences of his life and says, “Witnessing God working through the staff and volunteers in helping men transform their lives is truly amazing.” 

Mike Millington Mike Millington
Beth Atwater Beth Atwater

A Bio from Mike Millington

Mike Millington currently serves as the Area Director for the Northern Midlands Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA). Mike and his family moved to Chapin, SC in July of 2018. Prior to joining staff with FCA in 2016, Mike was a youth pastor at a church in the Twin Cities (MN). Mike and his wife Janelle are blessed with three children; Connor, Lydia, and Kiara. Mike enjoys cooking, being with his family, golf and ice hockey. Mike strives each day to serve and honor the Lord and is thankful for a new life in Jesus Christ!

A Bio from Beth Atwater

Beth Atwater is a founding partner of Atwater and Associates and has practiced law in public service at the federal and state levels. She has a special focus on charter schools and extensive experience in state government, having worked for the Office of the SC Attorney General and for the SC Speaker of the House.  A devoted wife to Todd and mom to Caroline, a 2021 graduate of Furman University who is teaching in Arizona, and Jim, a junior attending Clemson University who is also a graduate of the prestigious South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics, Beth is known as a fierce prayer warrior totally devoted to Jesus.  The Atwaters are longtime members of First Presbyterian Church in Columbia. 

providence home board of directors

Matt Thompson
Kim Abbot Kim Abbott
J.W. Hayes - Board of Directors J.W. Hayes

A Bio from Matt Thompson

Matt has been leading organizations through successful growth and change for over 21 years. Throughout his career he has served in senior leadership roles, including CEO, COO, Senior Consultant, and Executive VP for organizations across multiple industries. In addition, Matt has had the pleasure of spearheading multiple start-up ventures that experienced rapid expansion. He is supremely talented in the areas of operational planning and implementation, staff development, recruitment, business development, and marketing.

In 2005, Matt co-founded Capital Marketing Group that would later be re-branded as Splash Omnimedia. He brought his vast experience and knowledge to the table to provide organizations more relevant marketing options that deliver a high ROI. His experience has taught him to analyze an organization’s marketing strategy, sales, and communication processes as an overall business issue. The byproduct of his analysis is highly measurable, performance-driven marketing strategies with clear objectives.

Psalm 120:1

A Bio from Kim Abbott

Kim and her husband, David, are drawn to ministries that change lives. As “empty-nesters,” they have raised a son, Bryan, and daughter, Mary Ellen, now married. Kim and David are both active in Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) and sports and attend Shandon Baptist Church.  Kim loves anything sports, having played amateur tournaments and coached Women’s Golf at USC. She currently serves as the Assistant Athletic Director at Columbia International University. She originally started their Intercollegiate Athletics program in 2010 as the Athletic Director and left briefly to take care of elderly parents in the Midwest, returning to serve at CIU once again.   

A Bio from J.W. Hayes

J.W. Hayes is currently the Postmaster at Columbia International University.  He has four wonderful children, J.W. Hayes Jr, Michele Hayes, Lakiesha Hayes, and Keith Hayes.  J.W. attends the Columbia Christian Fellowship where he is a dedicated member.  He enjoys fishing on his spare time.  J.W. Hayes’ story as a former addict and criminal and saved by the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, helps him relate to the ministry of Providence Home.  He has been in fellowship with the Lord ever since his conversion and testifies continually to God’s goodness.  

Tara Whitfield - Board of Directors Tara Whitfield
Brantley Hanna - Board of Directors Brantley Hanna
Henry “Papa” Hennagan

A Bio from Tara Whitfield

Tara Whitfield is retired from the SC Department of Mental Health and enjoys serving others.  She is constantly helping at Seven Oaks Presbyterian Church where she is an active member of the Roads & Anchor Sunday school class and serves in the Funeral Ministry, Worship Committee and Good News Committee.  On her free time Tara enjoys a variety of crafting and activities, spending time enjoying the beauty of nature, journaling, and caring for animals.  A little-known fact about Tara is that Francis Scott Key, the author of our American national anthem “The Star-Spangled Banner,” was the brother of her great-grandfather, John Alfred Key. She is married to her husband John Whitfield and they have four children: Pickens, Laurel, Cy, and Jonathan.  

A Bio from Brantley Hanna

Brantley Hanna is a retired Battalion Chief with the Columbia Fire Department and currently is the owner of Custom Lawn Service, MM&M Properties, and co-owner of Whit’s End Vacation Properties.  He loves getting up early and working (or playing golf). Brantley has been married to his beautiful bride, Jennifer Hanna, for an awesome 25 years.  Together they have four daughters, Maddie 22, Mollie 20, McKenzie 17 and Macie 13.  Brantley is a proud member of the Village Church in Blythewood for the past twelve years where he helps lead an annual mission trip to Haiti and Financial Peace University classes, while also helping with weekly youth activities and the 11th grade Bible study his wife leads. He is a coach for men and couples in financial issues and keeps everyone laughing with his humorous approach to life! 

A Bio from Henry “Papa” Hennagan

“Papa” Henry Hennagan was born on July 28th, 1944 and “born again” at age fourteen.  He is the third child in his family with three brothers and three sisters.  Henry served in the military with the U.S. Air Force for over eight years. Afterward, he was also employed as a Customer Service Technician with IBM, a Communications Consultant and Line men with Southern Bell, a Service Manager of the South Carolina region for Simplex, an Electronic Media Specialist and Producer of a WMHK program at the Columbia Bible College, and in Revenue Recovery at UPS Unit until retirement.  


“Papa” Henry is an ordained minister and has served in many capacities, such as an Outreach Development and Instructor with Child Evangelism Fellowship and in the church with a ministry of encouragement to believers, evangelistic outreach, and preaching. Henry has a burden for seeing families reconciled through Jesus Christ, with a focus on prayer. He and his wife, Mary, have been married 55 years and have six children, thirteen grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. They are a valued part of the Providence Home family, taking time to meet with Providence Home staff weekly and pray for the resident men and ministry.  

Hal Stevenson - Board of Directors Hal Stevenson
Henry Rollins - Board of Directors Henry Rollins
Mike Millington Mike Millington

A Bio from Hal Stevenson

Born in Rock Hill, Mr. Stevenson graduated from Wofford College in 1981. After developing billboard sites across the country with his wife Diana, they established what is now known as Grace Outdoor Advertising in Columbia in 1987. Grace manages over 300 billboard displays in the Carolinas and Georgia, including 35 digital billboards.  Active for many years in business, political, civic, and Christian organizations, Hal currently serves on the boards of the Outdoor Advertising Association of South Carolina, the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce and the Vista Guild, Columbia’s premier art and entertainment district. He is a past president of the Columbia Rotary Club and former chairman of the SC Chamber of Commerce Small Business Council. He recently rotated off the board of the Greater Columbia Community Relations Council where he served for 10 years. Many people would be surprised to know that in 1996 and 2000, he ran the presidential campaign for Alan Keyes in South Carolina.  Hal and Diana, a Columbia native and USC graduate, also have 5 children (Alex, Hannah, Noelle, Grace, and Jacob) one grandson (Calvin) with 2 more on the way! The Stevenson’s are founding members of River City Chapel, an independent church plant that meets at the SC State Museum, where Hal serves on the leadership council. Hal’s hobbies include playing golf and tennis, learning Spanish and Guitar, and spending time with family and friends.  

A Bio from Henry Rollins

After graduating from Wofford College, Henry Rollins began a career in real estate that has continued for 49 years.  He has been working in Columbia and the surrounding areas for 49 years.  Henry Continues to enjoy working with people and helping them find the perfect home for their needs.     Henry has been married to his lovely bride for 44 years, and together they have four children and nine grandchildren of which they are extremely proud.  Henry has been a lifelong member of the Methodist church and has served on the Finance Committee and Board of Trustees.  Henry says being on the Providence Home Board of Directors has been one of his most rewarding experiences of his life and says, “Witnessing God working through the staff and volunteers in helping men transform their lives is truly amazing.” 

A Bio from Mike Millington

Mike Millington currently serves as the Area Director for the Northern Midlands Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA). Mike and his family moved to Chapin, SC in July of 2018. Prior to joining staff with FCA in 2016, Mike was a youth pastor at a church in the Twin Cities (MN). Mike and his wife Janelle are blessed with three children; Connor, Lydia, and Kiara. Mike enjoys cooking, being with his family, golf and ice hockey. Mike strives each day to serve and honor the Lord and is thankful for a new life in Jesus Christ!