Executive Board

Rev. Rich Hardison

Chairman

Rev. Rich Hardison has been involved in Missions for many years as a sending Pastor and as a short-term missionary in Ukraine. Though born in North Carolina, Rich was raised in Norfolk, actually growing up at Tabernacle Church of Norfolk. He joined the church staff in 1974 and became Senior Pastor in 1990. In 2009, Rich stepped away from the Senior Pastorate at Tab to become the Lead Pastor of a sister church, Virginia Beach Community Chapel. In June 2017, a historical transfer of leadership to Rich’s associate allows Rich more time to devote to the mission of Global Friendship House.

He has two degrees from ODU: a BS in Psychology, 1970, and an MS in Counseling, 1979. His biblical training is from Denver Theological Seminary. Rich and his wife Kathy have two grown children and five grandchildren.

Michael R. Andrews

Vice Chairman

Michael R. Andrews and his wife Brenda are the parents of two grown children and have four grandchildren. Mike is a 1972 graduate of Old Dominion University. He is a CPA, recently retired from Sullivan, Andrews & Taylor, PC, and he has practiced in the Tidewater area for 41 years. Mike and Brenda are currently attending Community Church of Chesapeake.

Laura Burton Pratt

Secretary

Laura Burton Pratt is a native of Norfolk and a graduate of Old Dominion University. As a Medical Technologist, she worked and taught in the Microbiology Lab at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital for many years. She served as the assistant supervisor for two of those years. She, along with her family, owned and managed a Christian bookstore for nine years. She now combines retirement with volunteering in the ODU International Student ministry and church events. Laura and her husband David have two grown children and 3 grandsons.

Kathy Strickland

Treasurer

Kathy Stricklandhas worked for H&R Block for over 15 years preparing taxes and managing an office. Kathy is a graduate of Old Dominion University, where she earned a degree in Finance. Although she has not done extensive traveling outside the US, she really enjoys "seeing" the world through the eyes of the international students. Kathy married her best friend, Scott, and she is mom to four children as well as grandmother to four grandchildren.

Board

Doug Chandler

Doug Chandler serves as the Director of Global Outreach for New Life Church, a multi-site, multi-cultural church in the Hampton Roads area. Doug, along with his wife Diane, have served international students for over 20 years and are passionate to extend the love of Christ to students during their studies in the U.S . Doug has traveled extensively internationally while overseeing New Life’s work around the globe and has lived cross-culturally in the nations of Tanzania and Mongolia. In addition to serving on the board of Global Friendship Ventures, he also serves on the boards of non-profits that work in Asia and Latin America. Prior to serving at New Life, Doug served as an instructor and Academic Dean at a local graduate business school. He holds an MBA and an MA in Intercultural Studies.

Dr. Charles Ives, MD

Dr. Charles Ives, MDs a practicing surgeon with Tidewater Surgical Specialists and is also a Clinical Assistant Professor in the department of Surgery for Eastern Virginia Medical School. He is a graduate of Cornell University and Northwestern University Medical School. He has been actively involved in Medical Group Missions projects through Medical Ministry International to Central and South America. He and his wife Sarah live in Norfolk, Virginia. They enjoy being involved in the International Student Ministry locally. Sarah and Charlie have 3 grown children and have also been blessed with 3 grandchildren.

Dr. B. Hathaway Struthers

Dr. B. Hathaway Struthers was born of missionary parents in Venezuela; his father was from Scotland, and his mother was Venezuelan. He attended Oswego State Teachers College, Baptist Bible Seminary, Bob Jones University, William and Mary, and Old Dominion University. He has a BA and MA in Bible, an MS in Education and a Ph.D. in Old Testament and Old Testament Languages. After teaching for several years at Bob Jones University and pastoring Bethany Baptist Church in Madison, Georgia, he entered the U.S. Navy in 1955. He served as a chaplain for 21 years in both the Atlantic and Pacific fleets. He served in bases in the United States, Japan, Guam and Viet Nam with Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard personnel.
In 1976, after retiring from the Navy, Hap served at Columbia International University for 18 years as the Dean of the Ministry Development Division for both the Bible College and the Seminary and as the Director of Church Planting for the Seminary. In 1994, Hap retired from CIU and moved to Norfolk, VA, where he co-founded Faith Bible College. He has served as the Elder for Missions at his home church, Tabernacle Church of Norfolk, and is on the Board of Directors of the Source of Light Ministries International, Madison, Georgia. He recently retired from his role as President of Faith Bible College.

Barbara King

Barbara Kinghas the pleasure of being married to James King, and they have been blessed with two sons, Jimmy and John, and their growing families. For many years she worked in the field of aviation as an instructor and FAA counselor. Additionally, she has worked as a medical and commercial photographer. Being involved with people energizes her, and with that enthusiasm Barbara serves as Secretary of the Board of Directors for Faith Bible College and as a volunteer, as well as President of the Board of Directors for the Norfolk Jail Ministry. Her greatest desire is to help others know Jesus, and for those who do, to be part of their discipleship as they grow spiritually. Seeing the Lord bring men and women here from all over the world is the answer to many prayers. “What an exciting time and place to live!”

John Klein

John Klein practices law as a member of the Norfolk firm of Montagna, Klein, Camden, LLP. He has been admitted to the bar in Virginia since 1976. John graduated from Kalamazoo College, has a Masters degree from Western Michigan University, and a law degree from The College of William & Mary. John has been married to his wife Roz since 1972. They have three grown daughters, and several grandchildren. John and Roz have been members of Second Presbyterian Church in Norfolk since 1978. John is an ordained Elder in the PC (USA) and has served several terms on the Session, including multiple terms as the Session Clerk.

Steve Nichols

Steve Nichols retired from the US Navy in 1993 after 20 years as a Naval Aviator flying F-14 Tomcats. After graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1973, he served in numerous leadership positions, including squadron commanding officer. Steve was deployed overseas multiple times to the North Atlantic and Mediterranean Sea areas.

Steve became a pilot with Southwest Airlines in 1994, and his retirement opened the door to service as Program Director for White Sulphur Springs, the eastern retreat center for Officers’ Christian Fellowship. In his previous church, Steve led the Missions Team as they expanded the church’s horizons to unreached peoples in Indonesia. He has participated in or led short-term mission teams to New Orleans, Mexico, Belgium and Indonesia. Steve has previously served as church elder, Sunday school teacher, small group leader and trainer, as well as member, secretary and chairman of the Norfolk Christian Schools board. He and his wife Susan have two grown children and four grandchildren.

Dr. B. Hathaway Struthers

Dr. B. Hathaway Strutherswas born of missionary parents in Venezuela; his father was from Scotland, and his mother was Venezuelan. He attended Oswego State Teachers College, Baptist Bible Seminary, Bob Jones University, William and Mary, and Old Dominion University. He has a BA and MA in Bible, an MS in Education and a Ph.D. in Old Testament and Old Testament Languages.
After teaching for several years at Bob Jones University and pastoring Bethany Baptist Church in Madison, Georgia, he entered the U.S. Navy in 1955. He served as a chaplain for 21 years in both the Atlantic and Pacific fleets. He served in bases in the United States, Japan, Guam and Viet Nam with Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard personnel.
In 1976, after retiring from the Navy, Hap served at Columbia International University for 18 years as the Dean of the Ministry Development Division for both the Bible College and the Seminary and as the Director of Church Planting for the Seminary. In 1994, Hap retired from CIU and moved to Norfolk, VA, where he co-founded Faith Bible College. He has served as the Elder for Missions at his home church, Tabernacle Church of Norfolk, and is on the Board of Directors of the Source of Light Ministries International, Madison, Georgia. He recently retired from his role as President of Faith Bible College.

Rev. Kevin Tremper

Rev. Kevin Tremper is the lead pastor at CrossRoads Church in Norfolk, Virginia.

CrossRoads is located blocks from ODU and has an active ministry among college students, young adults, military, and professors. Kevin graduated from Old Dominion University with a B.A. in History and is finishing a Masters of Divinity program at SouthEastern Theological Seminary. He serves as a Chaplain to ODU and is involved in several church planting organizations throughout Virginia. Kevin is a Norfolk native, is married to Lauren, and they have 5 children.

Jim Tuthill

Jim Tuthill has taught and coached football at Norview High School for 5 years, as well as spending 28 years in the Virginia Beach School system. He held positions of Principal and Human Resources Director in the second largest school system in Virginia. Jim holds the professional designation of Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor, and his primary focus is counseling clients and friends in the areas of wealth preservation and planning for retirement. Jim and his wife Cheryl are active in the leadership of Virginia Beach Community Chapel.

Honorary Board

Hon. W. Randy Wright, Chair
Frank Batten, Jr.
Arthur Diamonstein
Hon. Mayor Paul Fraim
Vincent Mastracco
Dr. Ralph Nahra
Channing Pfeiffer
Betsy Phillips
Hon. G. William Whitehurst