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DHF of NC Leadership Council Meeting – 2/19/2022

The DHF of NC held its council meeting on Saturday, February 19,2022 , with Reverend Lynn Maxwell presiding. Those attending were:

Reverend Lynn Maxwell — Pleasant Hill Christian Church
Russell Metts — Tuckahoe Christian Church
Tommy Barbee -  First Christian Church Richlands
Reverend Kim Holley — LaGrange Christian Church
Jeremy Holley — LaGrange Christian Church'
James Banks — Amity Christian Church
Steve Rogers — First Christian Church Richlands 
Judy Rose — Otway Christian Church (Treasurer)
Martin Rose — Otway Christian Church
Judy Greer — Pleasant Hill Christian Church (Secretary)
Edward Williams — First Christian Church Richlands

Lynn Maxwell welcomed everyone to our meeting and inspired us with a devotion from Psalm 139 stressing that God knows us completely. His Presence is always with us and noted that only He can guard our hearts and mind. He ended his devotion with prayer.

Lynn welcomed our new council members: Russell Metts from Tuckahoe CC and Steve Rogers from First Christian Church Richlands.

Lynn Maxwell was nominated by Steve Rogers to be our new Council Leader this year. Tommy Barbee was nominated by Judy Rose to be our Vice-Council Leader. Both men accepted their respective office.

Judy Greer read the minutes from "The Gathering" meeting that was held on September 18, 2021 at Pleasant Hill Christian Church. The minutes were approved as read.

A financial report was by Judy Rose.

Old Business:

•	Review of Fall Gathering — Comments:
	Great format
-	People liked idea of having everything finished by lunch
-	Good turnout in spite of COVID
-	Music was uplifting
-	Speaker, Reverend Michael Ten Eyck did a great job
-	Food was great
-	Desserts provided by Pleasant Hill Christian Church were delicious

New Business

•	Plans Discussed for Spring Seminars:	 
•	Lynn reviewed our March 2021 previous plans before COVID cancelled them out.   Everyone agreed on the following schedule:

9:00   -   9:30      Registration
9:30   -   9:40      Welcome — Opening Prayer — Opening Hymn
9:40   -   10:00     Update on DHF — Reverend Kim Holley
10:00  -  10:15      Break
10:15  -  11:00      Seminar A
11:00  -  11:15      Break
11:15  -  12:00      Seminar B
12:00	           Lunch

(DHF of NC  will pay for lunch)

•	Two possible dates and locations were discussed depending on availability of speakers for the seminars:
 April 9, 2022 — First Christian Church Richlands
 April 23, 2022 – Otway Christian Church

-	At first we decided to have a speaker on “Human Trafficking” and a speaker on “Overview of Mental Health/Substance Abuse Disorders and Treatment Implications,” but after much discussion we decided all the churches needed to have a speaker on “How to Draw People back to Church.”  So, we decided to reschedule the “Human Trafficking” seminar for another time.  

-	Kim Holley will search for a speaker for the latter seminar.  She also encouraged others to try to find one also.

•	Kim Holley announced the DHF 2022 National Conference was going to be Thursday, April 2829, 2022. She encouraged everyone to attend. She informed us that scholarships were available to pay for people to go to the conference. It is $85/person and $135/couple plus hotel expenses.  Lynn also informed us that DHF of NC would also cover expenses for anyone who wanted to attend.

•	Jeremy Holley gave us an update report on 'Wrapped In Love" ministry:
o	He stated the trailer does have some new equipment
o	They still need to buy more stuff
o	They currently have a balance in their treasury of $2,077.00, which will be depleted when they get the rest of their equipment.
o	They may need to have a fundraiser
o	Jeremy stated that they had already done a mission in Richlands.

•	Jeremy Holley announced the LaGrange Chili Fest on March 26, 2022 from 10:00 until 3:00 at the LaGrange Town Park—Free Admission--$5.00 unlimited chili samples.  There will be gospel music all day featuring: The Hoppers, King's Grace, Steps to Glory, Area 33:3, and Richlands Male Chorus. Proceeds benefit the Boy Scouts of America Troop 114.

•	Lynn Maxwell thanked everyone for attending the council meeting.

•	Russell Metts dismissed us with prayer.

                                    Respectfully Submitted,

                                    Judy Greer - Secretary

Leadership Council Minutes From Meeting on March 7, 2020

The DHF of NC Leadership Council met at Unity Christian Church with six members present:  Elder James Banks, Elder Tom Barbee, Elder Judy Greer, Rev. Chuck Holton, Rev. Lynn Maxwell and Secretary Danny Bailey. 

The meeting was opened with prayer by Chuck, and with Lynn sharing a devotional on ‘Fulfilling Our Purpose’. Lynn taught that a human not accomplishing what God created him for is much like a pen lying on a desk.  Until someone picks it up and starts writing with it, it is useless.  Only by applying ourselves to the Work God has set before us in His Word, can a human be fulfilled and content with his life on Earth.

  1. Secretary Danny Bailey presented the Minutes from the last Council Meeting which were approved as read.
  2. Rev. Betty Stowe provided a financial summary report to Lynn of activity from January 11, 2020 to March 7, 2020 which was entered into the record.    
  3. The next topic for discussion was developing an itinerary  for our Spring Seminars to be held at Pleasant Hill Christian Church on May 2, 2020.  We agreed upon the following:

                  a.  Registration (by PHCC):                9:00 –  9:30 AM

                  b.  Opening / Welcome:                      9:30 – 10:30

                              Music /

                              Speaker: Rick Grace

                              from DHF Decatur, IL

                  c.  Breakout for Seminars:                  10:30 -10:40

                  d.  Seminars Begin:                             10:40

                  e.  Seminars Conclude:                       11:35

                  f.  Short Break:                                   11:35 – 11:45

                  f.  Closing Assembly / Communion:   11:45 – 12:00

                  g.  Lunch:                                            12:00 – until

4.   The topics of the two Seminars will be:

a. “Human Trafficking” presented by Tricia Brien of True Justice International which is a nonprofit that works to fight human trafficking in our local and global communities through Christ centered strategies and initiatives with the goal to reach, raise up and restore victims of human trafficking.  Council Members agreed to reimburse Ms. Brien for travel mileage, and a $150 speaking fee. DHF of NC member churches are also encouraged to support True Justice International with donations.   

b.  “A Brief Overview of Mental Health/ Substance Abuse Disorders and Treatment Implications” by Cindy Thomas (MSW, LCSW-A, LCAS-A, CMC).  North Carolina has a population of approximately 9.9 million people, making it the 10th most populated state in the nation.  Close to 3.9% of adults in North Carolina (according to SAMHSA) live with serious mental health conditions such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and major depression.  The purpose of this seminar is to inform individuals of commonly occurring mental health diagnoses, common substance use disorders, the symptoms and treatment implications of each, as well as community resources available to family members.  A knowledge and understanding of treatment considerations can connect those in need with treatment, resources, and services to begin and stay on their recovery journey.

5.   Rev. Chuck Holton offered to provide activities for Kindergarten age youth and up including music and teaching.  Lynn and Judy volunteered PHCC to provide a Nursery for younger children.    

6.   Lunch will be coordinated by PHCC with chicken, barbecue, sides and banana pudding catered from King’s Restaurant.  Other desserts will be furnished by PHCC ladies. 

7.  Rick Grace will be traveling from Decatur, Illinois to attend our event, and will be preaching at First Christian Church Richlands, or PHCC, on May 3.  He also would like to meet for breakfast with DHF of NC Ministers on Monday, May 4.  Lynn will coordinate the breakfast time and place, and notify the respective ministers.  Council members agreed to reimburse Rick his travel / lodging expenses, and a $150 honorarium for speaking.

8.  Tom Barbee suggested handouts from both Seminar speakers since attendees can only attend one.  This information would also be useful to include with flyers and newspaper ads if acquired in time.

9.  Lynn asked Council  members to pass back to their home churches that the number of adults and children (above and below kindergarten age) planning to attend needs to be relayed back to PHCC NLT April 27 to allow for timely food ordering.  Also needed is which Seminar the adults would like to attend.  

10.  We were dismissed with prayer by Elder Judy Greer.

Respectfully submitted,

Danny Bailey, Secretary

Attachment A            

A Brief Overview of Mental Health/ Substance Abuse Disorders and Treatment Implications

Cindy Thomas, MSW, LCSW-A, LCAS-A, CMC

Cindy Thomas is an associate level Licensed Clinical Social Worker and an associate level Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist. She is also certified as a Clinical Military Counselor.  Cindy received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Campbell University, and her Master’s Degree in Social Work from East Carolina University.  Cindy is currently working towards her Doctorate of Education in Trauma and Crisis Counseling at Liberty University.  She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, as well as the Association of Addiction Professionals.  Cindy currently serves as a Mobile Crisis Responder and an Outpatient Therapist for Integrated Family Services in Onslow County. 


Please see the below poster announcing our FALL GATHERING on Saturday, September 22, 2018.  If you are a DHF of NC Church you should receive a sign-up sheet to use to register your people.  But, there is also an online sign-up sheet located on FCC Richlands’ Web Page.  Click on the following link “REGISTER” and it will take you to the registration page.



May 15, 2018 Spring Gathering at FCC Richlands

Seventy-one people attended our Spring Seminars featuring Dr. James Fleming from the Biblical Resource Center in LaGrange, Ga.  We enjoyed three seminars by Dr. Fleming: Geography of The Bible, The Wilderness Experience of Israel, and a presentation on the Biblical Resource Center, LaGrange, Ga.

Enjoy the pictures below:


If you belong to a DHF of NC church we urge you to register with your church to attend this event.  You can also register online at by clicking on the “Connect” menu tab and then select “DHF Gathering Signup.”  You may also call the FCC Richlands office phone at 910-324-4690.  There is no charge for this event.

If your church is interested in exploring the DHF of NC fellowship, we invite you to register and come also.  There is no charge for this event.

To view the below Gallery in full size, click on the first picture and then scroll using the arrows on the right and left.  Hit “Esc” to exit Gallery.  


DHF of NC Leadership Council Meeting of Jan. 21, 2017

The DHF of NC Leadership Council met in regular session on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017 at Pleasant Hill Christian Church with five members of the council present.  The meeting was opened with prayer by Rev. Dr. Gary Edens followed by a devotion by Rev. Lynn Maxwell on Romans 12.  In the first verse Paul calls us to become a living sacrifice for Christ.  In verse 9 (NIV) Paul says “Love must be sincere. . .”  This statement sets the foundation for the rest of chapter 12.  Everything covered by verses 9-21 must be done in sacrificial love.   The truth is that for us to truly live the Christian life that Paul lays out, the foundation of everything must be based on God’s love, “agape” love, since love, love without any form of hypocrisy.  The way we learn this love is found in verse 2 (NIV), “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. . .”  The more time we spend meditating on God and his Word, the more we are transformed and renewed and the more we are able to love and live out God’s perfect plan for our lives.

Lynn read the minutes from our last meeting on Nov. 5, 2016.

  1. Gary is still working on contacting Rev. Kevin Ray of DHF and having certificates made for all churches identifying them as belonging to DHF.  Lynn has also not completed a draft of a membership certificate for churches belonging to DHF of NC.
  2. Betty Stowe is still working on the best solution for a debit/credit card for our fellowship. A motion was made to add Danny Bailey, from Amity CC, to our fellowship checking account as a backup for Betty.  A motion was made by Rev. Roger Noble and seconded by Gary Edens.
  3. Advertising Campaign.
    1. Betty Stowe placed an ad in the Sun Journal for DHF of NC to be printed once for four weeks. The cost was $134.16.
    2. Lynn placed our ad in the Goldsboro-Argus paper to be printed each week for 4 weeks at a cost of $110.16.
    3. Danny Baily placed a color ad in the Pamlico County Compass paper for 3 printings at a cost of $300.00. Amity CC paid for the cost of the ad.  Much thanks to Amity for their generous support.
    4. Lynn received a quote from the Johnstonian News, Inc. which has three newspapers: Kenly News, The Selma News, and the Princeton News Leader with a readership of over 7,000+ readers. The costs for one printing in all three papers and a week on each papers Web site is $252.00.  The group approved going ahead with this offer. Since the News And Observer turned out to be cost prohibitive, this will allow us to have some coverage up in this area.
    5. Lynn has not received a quote from the Jacksonville and Kinston papers yet, but the group indicated they wanted to ensure we were advertised locally.
    6. We also need to locate some local papers up in the Edenton area or around Little Washington, as well as Beaufort County. If anyone has any recommendations, please let us know.


  1. We are working on plans for the seminars on March 18, To-date we have not identified anyone to make presentations on women’s and men’s ministries.  It was also recommended that we include information on youth and young adult ministries as well.  The goal of these seminars is to increase participation in the core ministries of the church.  Gary noted that Rev. Kim Holley has done a lot of research in young/young adult ministries and it may be that she could lead in this area.  Lynn will check with Kim.
    1. Lynn will contact Mount Olive College to see if they have anyone who could lead these seminars.
    2. Lynn will contact Kim Holley and ask her to contact Campbell University for possible support in this area.
    3. Lynn will check with Kim to see if FCC Richlands would be willing to host the seminars.
    4. If we should have a requirement for additional seminar topics, Danny Bailey mentioned that their minister, Rev. Kenny Conner, has presented some excellent sermons on the history of our country and the religion of our founding fathers. Perhaps Kenny could offer a seminar on this topic.  Also, Rev. Jack Mumford’s seminar on prayer was a huge success at our last seminar and might be willing to do it again.


  1. Gary reported on the needs of the Wrapped In Love ministry, which was adopted as the first ministry supported by DHF of NC. Jeremy Holley appreciated the generous donation we made to the ministry in 2016.  Jeremy said that they need approximately $3,500 to completely stock the trailer and be ready to meet any need.  They have several fund raisers upcoming to help fund the equipment needs, but asked if we would be willing to make another donation in 2017 to help fulfill their needs.  Lynn made a motion to donate another $1,000 to Wrapped In Love ministries.  Roger Noble seconded the motion and the group approved the motion.  A check was delivered to Jeremy Holley after our meeting.


  1. In accordance with our constitution, Lynn and Gary are scheduled to rotate off of the council this year and be replaced by two new members. The constitution say:

“Nominations for new Council members will be announced to the Fellowship by the Leadership Council sixty (60) days before the expiration of a term.  All nominations received will be reviewed by the current Council members and voted on by the member churches.”

Since the next gathering of DHF of NC churches will be held on Sep. 16, 2017, an announcement to the churches for nominations should be in the hands of the churches by July 16, 2017.  Churches will make recommendations to the Council who will then make their recommendation to the churches for approval.  The new officers should be installed at our gathering in September.

  1. Betty Stowe will forward the year-end financial report to Rev. Kevin Ray in accordance with the conditions of our membership.


  1. Due to need for finalizing plans for our seminars, the next council meeting will be held on Sat. Feb. 18th at FCC Richlands at 10:00 a.m.



Respectfully Submitted,




Lynn Maxwell