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 and two great-grandchildren. Mike is a 1972 graduate of Old Dominion University. He is a CPA and recently retired from Sullivan, Andrews & Taylor, PC after practicing in the Tidewater area for 43 years. Mike and Brenda are currently attending River Oak Church in 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 Strickland has 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, MD FACS practiced general surgery for 39 years in Norfolk and retired from his practice in 2018. He is a graduate from Cornell University and went to medical school at Northwestern. Charlie and Sarah, his wife who is an RN, live in Norfolk and have 3 grown, married children. They are also blessed with 6 grandchildren. Charlie and Sarah enjoy being involved with their grandchildren and with the International Student Ministry locally as well as participating in numerous mission trips to Southeast Asia and Ukraine and medical mission trips to Central and South America. Charlie has been a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery at Eastern Virginia Medical School and now stays busy as the Regional Director of Student Medical Education for Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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 King has 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.

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 received his Bachelors’ Degree from William and Mary as well as a Masters Degree and Certificate of Advanced Study at Old Dominion University. He taught and coached at Norview High School for 5 years and then served as an administrator for 28 years in the Virginia Beach City Public Schools System. In Virginia Beach, he held positions of Principal and Human Resources Director in the second largest school system in Virginia. In his second career, Jim has served as a Financial Advisor for 19 years and holds the professional designation of Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor. Jim has also served as an Elder at the Virginia Beach Community Chapel for over 25 years, and presently is the Chairman of the Elders and the Official Board (Elders and Deacons).