Meet Our Board Members
Committed to the Cause
Chairman of the Board
Tony is a native of Michigan and joined the US Air Force following high school. It was in the AF he met his wife Mindy. They were married in 1990. After 21 years in the AF, they retired in Arkansas where Tony went back to work for the AF as a civilian. He holds two associate degrees from the Community College of the Air Force (Criminal Justice and Information Systems Management). They have three sons, one of which is a missionary. Tony also serves as a deacon, youth leader, and on the security team at First Baptist Church Vilonia. His passion for mission work, especially within the persecuted church, is why he desired to start a missionary retreat, “Cleft of the Rock Ranch.” He now serves as co-founder and Executive Director for the Ranch.
Mindy is a native Arkansan and joined the US Air Force as a communications specialist following some time in college. It was in the AF she met her husband Tony and they married in 1990. After her first son was born, she decided being a fulltime mom was more valuable than an AF career. She travelled a lot with her husband taking care of all three of their sons. Once she settled back in Arkansas, she started her own business, Mindy’s-In-Stitches. She created her own line of girls’ clothes and maintains a successful embroidery business. She served as an Awana Director for years and now serves as a youth leader. Her love for persecuted Christians gave her a devoted heart when one of her sons went into serving in that part of the world as a missionary. She is the co-founder of Cleft of the Rock Ranch and serves as a board member.
Secretay of the Board
James serves as the Associate Pastor for First Baptist Church of Vilonia, Arkansas. His ministry includes overseeing the church’s missions program which provides the opportunity to interact with dozens of missionaries worldwide. His background includes service in the USAF, engineering, and plant management all before becoming a pastor. After answering God’s call to vocational ministry, he completed a Master of Divinity degree from Liberty University and is currently working towards a Ph.D. from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife Kimberly have 6 children that keep them busy and very blessed.
Secretary of the Ranch
John is a 1976 graduate of Hendrix College in Conway, AR. He was recruited to be an athlete but earned a B.A. in Business and Economics along the way. He met his wife Stephanie while at Hendrix. They were married the day after he graduated and they moved to California where he was born and raised. After nearly eight years of being part of a business his grandfather had started, God moved John and Stephanie back to Arkansas. John has worked for a large high-tech company in Conway since early 1985. A majority of that time he has spent managing large data centers. John and Stephanie have three grown children and three grandchildren. Two of their children are in full-time ministry and the third is in part-time ministry. Their family began attending First Baptist Church in Vilonia, AR in 1992 where he served as a deacon and discipleship leader for a number of years. He is currently a member of the finance team, the choir, the praise team, and has been the lay leader of the FBC mission’s team since 1998, serving alongside three associate pastors during those years.
Cris earned her Bachelors of Business Administration from Harding University in 1995. Since that time, Cris has worked in the business world in several different leadership positions. Since 2005, Cris has worked with her husband, Stephen, in their construction company, ICC Builders, Inc. Cris’ primary role at ICC is accounting and book keeping, but she often works with customers in designing custom projects. Since 2014, Stephen and Cris have attended Conway Cowboy Church with their two children.
MarShondria was born in Little Rock, AR, but raised in Sioux Falls, SD. She earned her Bachelors of
Arts in Global Studies from Oklahoma Wesleyan University in 2014. Currently she works as an
Administrative Assistant at Williams Companies in Tulsa, OK. MarShondria is passionate about race reconciliation, anti-human trafficking, and hospitality; which she expresses through living a missional lifestyle. She has taken international mission trips since the age of 17 traveling to Australia, Guatemala, Haiti, Mexico, London, and Rome. Most recently, she went on a Vision Casting trip to West Africa with Mission to the World. She is a member in good standing at Trinity Presbyterian in Owasso, OK where she serves on the Missions Committee and Women’s Committee.
Jimmy earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Central Arkansas in 1992. Jimmy served on the Board of Directors for the Vilonia Eagle Basketball Foundation from 2015-2018. He is a member in good standing at First Baptist Church of Vilonia.