Christine Carpenter – President/CEO
Chris is the Founder and CEO of Rahab Refuge Ministries, Inc. In the winter of 2020 Chris was led by the Lord to establish a safe house in the Central New York region. Chris has a bachelors degree in Business Administration with a minor in Accounting and Bible from Liberty University. Chris retired from the Department of Treasury in May 2020 after 29 years of service, including 20 years as a Special Agent in the Criminal Division. She is married to Pastor Jeffery Carpenter of Friendship Baptist Church located in Rome, New York. Chris has utilized her gifts and talents for over 25 years teaching women’s Bible studies, Sunday School classes, and numerous other ministries. Chris and Jeff proudly share nine children together. Christine@rahabrefugeministries.com
Melissa Quinn – Secretary/Officer
Melissa is currently the Administrative Assistant at Friendship Baptist Church, located in Rome, New York. Additionally, Melissa leads as the Director of Vacation Bible School at Friendship Baptist Church. Melissa has training in Early Childhood Education which she utilized as a Kindergarten Teacher for seven years in Friendship Baptist Church Co-OP as well as a Sunday School Teacher. Melissa is married to Michael Quinn; together they have two children whom they home school.
Michelle Collis – Officer
Michelle attended Mohawk Valley Community College and Stetson University with a major in Elementary Education. She, with her husband Dave of 27 years, has raised four beautiful children, her last one a sophomore in high school. Over the years, Michelle has been an active leader and participant in women’s and children’s ministries.
Thomas Stiles – Advisor
Thomas is the Director of Arise Ministries, a ministry of encouragement and education for local churches. He is a graduate of Maranatha Baptist University and Grand Rapids Baptist Seminary. Tom has been in full-time Christian service for 50 years. He and his wife, Barb, have four children and twelve grandchildren.
Jeffery Carpenter – Advisor (Deceased)
Jeffery is the Pastor of Friendship Baptist Church. He holds a Bachelors of Divinity from Massillon Baptist College (1987). Jeff has over 30 years of Pastoral leadership at Friendship Baptist Church, first as youth pastor and 20 years as the senior Pastor. Jeff has been counseling married couples and individuals for 20 years utilizing Caring for the Heart Ministry materials. He and his wife, Chris, have 9 children and 7 grandchildren.
Brett Popp – Advisor
Brett is the pastor of the Christian Church of Charleston Four Corners. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Religion from Liberty University and also attended Word of Life Bible Institute. Brett has been the Pastor for 20 years at Christian Church of Charleston Four Corners. In 2015 their Church had the privilege of helping 5 young women get out of trafficking and placed into a Christian recovery home to begin the healing process. He and his wife, Gretchen, have been married for 22 years and have one son.