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DSS Main Office ​Wallace H. Kuralt Centre 301 Billingsley Road Charlotte, NC 28211 West Charlotte Location Valerie C. Woodard Center 3205 Freedom Drive Charlotte, NC 28208

Hours: Mon-Fri 8 a.m - 5 p.m.

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​Congregation For Kids (CFK) Panel and Guest


Pastor Farrell Lemings- Grace Covenant Church
Pastor Farrell Lemings serves as the lead pastor at Grace Covenant Church, Cornelius. He has the heart of an encourager and is compelled to see individuals come to Christ, be discipled and then released into ministry.  In addition to establishing ministry philosophy and casting vision for a church which reaches more than 3,000 individuals, his primary responsibilities include shepherding, preaching/teaching and leadership development.  
The Father’s Heart, which is an adoption and foster care ministry created by Pastor Farrell, is founded on James 1:27:  Pure and lasting religion in the sight of God our Father means that we must care for orphans…” (NLT).  The mission of The Father’s Heart is to bring hope and help to children through foster care and adoption, and its purpose is to engage, educate and support those involved in its mission. 
Pastor Farrell is an Arkansas native, who holds a Bachelor of Theology degree from Life Bible College East, in Christiansburg, Virginia. He and his wife Sharlot have two children, Caleb and Grace. 

 
   Reverend Glencie Rhedrick-First Baptist Church-West
 

Reverend Glencie Rhedrick, an ordained baptist minister preaching the gospel wherever God leads her, is currently an Associate Minister at First Baptist Church-West, where she leads the Bereavement and Youth Ministries and teaches an engaging weekly adult bible study class.  Additionally, she is the Interim Pastor for Life Baptist Church here in Charlotte, NC.  

A graduate of Johnson C. Smith University, Reverend Rhedrick received a Master of Divinity degree with an emphasis on Pastoral Care from the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University in Richmond, Virginia. She is certified by the Association of Professional Chaplains, a distinction that few African Americans have achieved. She is an itinerant chaplain for several hospitals in the Carolinas HealthCare System network. Rev. Rhedrick is a beacon of hope and encouragement to patients, families and staff.   Her specialty is working in the palliative care and trauma units. 

A community activist, Rev. Rhedrick is immediate past president of Mecklenburg Ministries, an interfaith organization of approximately 100 houses of faith.  She is also an active member of the Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team. An advocate for children and youth, Rev. Rhedrick is one of several First Baptist Church-West representatives in "Congregations for Kids", a community group focused on finding permanent loving and supportive homes for children in our foster care system. She works tirelessly on behalf of families regarding varied aspects of their lives. This may include advocating for excellence in education, eliminating bullying behavior, reducing the outcomes of trauma in instances of domestic violence and/or finding healthy and safe living environments. Children gravitate to her because of her unconditional love and compassion.

Reverend Rhedrick is an humble woman of God seeking to do his will in all that the Lord calls her to do.  One of her favorite scriptures is Romans 12:1-2: "I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.  Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God what is good and acceptable and perfect."

 
 
Thomas Culver-The Bair Foundation

Culver has more than thirty years of working with at risk children in residential settings and more than twenty years of experience working to support alternate caregivers to successfully maintain and support children and adolescents in their home. As Director of the Bair Foundation office in Asheville, NC we provide a support program to Kinship Families who have opened their home to provide care to relative children and thus preventing their involvement in the NC foster care system. Our program has achieved much success in supporting kinship families in their efforts and I look forward to sharing the lessons we have learned in the development of this unique service  
 
 
 
 
 

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Office Location:

DSS Main Office ​Wallace H. Kuralt Centre 301 Billingsley Road Charlotte, NC 28211 West Charlotte Location Valerie C. Woodard Center 3205 Freedom Drive Charlotte, NC 28208

Hours: Mon-Fri 8 a.m - 5 p.m.

Contact

Customer Connection
704-336-3000