PRESIDENT ~ Donald Wade
Raised in a Christian family, Don came to know Christ in seventh grade. His relationship with the Lord is one that has obviously guided and directed his life. Married for over 25 years and a successful business owner since 1994, he has grown and developed as a leader to the point that any organization would be proud to declare that he was at the helm. Don’s greatest asset is his desire to live life with integrity and an unwavering faith in his Lord. Taking the time to wait upon God for guidance, his patience tempers his passion to help and serve those who serve others. The ministry of Salt is truly blessed and considers Don one of its greatest assets.
SECRETARY ~ LaNette Harper
LaNette currently resides in eastern Washington, but will quickly tell you that she’ll hang her hat wherever God tells her to. Perhaps one of her greatest gifts is the focus she puts on waiting for clear direction from the Lord. We are honored that among the many other ways she serves, both at her home church and within her community, she feels called to bless us too! Her long-standing walk with God and close relationship with Christ have grown her to be a woman of compassion, self control and perseverance. Qualities this leadership team knows to appreciate!
TREASURER ~ Donald Whitacre
Donald or “Skip” as he is better known, was born in Port Townsend, WA in 1944. He was raised in a Christian family and committed his life to the Lord at age five, being baptized at 17. Through all his life experiences, Skip has faithfully continued in his Christian walk.
Skip and his wife, Pat, were married in 1964 and together have raised one son and three daughters. His interests have centered around music, which has led him to serve as Sound Technician for several local churches. Skip’s servant heart is ever faithful to meet the need for another pair of willing hands. Recently retiring from 30 years of employment as a Supervisor, Skip is now able to follow the strong leading he feels to support Salt and its work wherever he is able.
DIRECTOR ~ Brian Vance
Brian has skilled hands and a servant’s heart. As a single dad some years ago, Brian recognized the need for God in his life. As soon as he turned to Jesus, Jesus set him free and the focus of Brian’s life became following his Savior and Lord.
Brian married his wife, Marissa, in 2010 and they have four children. They volunteer at church, are active in a small group and are remodeling their newly purchased home in Elkhorn, Wisconsin. Brian is a journeyman plumber, stays very involved in his children’s lives and raises dairy goats as a hobby. He also leads a Bible study with others who work with him at major league baseball’s Miller Park in Milwaukee.
DIRECTOR ~ Benny Green
Growing up in a Christian home in DeRidder Louisiana, Benny was saved and baptized when he was eight and surrendered his life to ministry in college. He is a graduate of Baptist Christian College in Shreveport Louisiana with a BA in education, and a BAM from Oklahoma Baptist Seminary.
Benny currently lives in Oklahoma, where he worked and retired from General Motors after 30 years. He has five daughters, 13 grandchildren and a special wife, Pam. Together they teach Sunday School and are very active in mission work. Benny’s service to the Lord is diverse having served as music director, children and youth director and assistant pastor.
Benny’s involvement with Salt has been ever increasing over the years. His commitment to worship of the Lord through visible and tangible servanthood is ever apparent in his life. He is an encourager, hard worker and trusted friend to all who know him. We are blessed to have him as a part of this leadership team.
DIRECTOR ~ Fred Templeton
Fred has been newly elected to Salt’s Board of Directors. He will take his seat at the 2016 Fall Meeting. Fred is just one of those “help wherever I can” kind of guys.
He and his wife Sandy, are faithful in their commitment to serve both at Salt and at their home Church in Salmon, Idaho. Sandy is an active member of the worship team and a ladies Sunday School leader, while Fred serves diligently as one of the elected Deacons.
The only thing that gives Salt a challenge for Fred’s time and energy is his love of chasing a little white ball around an enormously green lawn! We are grateful for his dedication and willingness to contribute at Salt.
DIRECTOR ~ Robert E Wilkins
“Bob” makes it a priority to give of his time weekly at Salt. He has an intimate understanding of the struggles of this project and is a faithful servant regardless of the need. His steadfastness is a driving force of encouragement to many who serve here.
Bob lives locally in Salmon Idaho. He and his lovely wife, Kelly, have three children; two in college and one still in high school. Bob is a Postmaster for the USPS and Kelly is a school teacher. Both serve as Sunday School Teachers, are very active within and highly regarded by their church family. Bob can often be found serving as an elected Deacon and Kelly is well experienced at heading up Vacation Bible School. What a delight and an honor to have a leader like Bob serving in our midst.
DIRECTOR ~ Ronald Shaw
A long time staff member at George Fox University, Ron was Superintendent of Building Systems supervising a crew of 30, including students and has a long resumé of service on both church boards and in choirs. He has also led many volunteer teams to Mexico, supervising building projects involving orphanages and villages. Currently he is on the Deacon Board and serves as Worship Leader at his home church. Married to his childhood sweetheart, Sharon, for over 55 years he is father of eight, has 30 grandchildren and five greats. Ron is an encourager and has a heart to serve others. His laughter is infectious and his heart is large.
Ron has been involved with Salt almost since its beginning and has on many occasions exhibited his gift as a servant leader. We welcome him and are truly grateful that the Lord has provided such a skilled “people” person to serve under Him.
CHAIRMAN EMERITUS ~ Jim Bakke
Jim and his wife Teresa have two children and now reside in Chicago, Illinois. Besides being a pastor’s son, dedicated father and attorney, during his time of service at Salt, Jim was the National Director of Planned Giving for World Vision. World Vision is a non-profit Christian charity which supports people groups and families in crisis all over the world through child sponsorship programming. He led the gift planning staff and oversaw all planned giving functions for World Vision.
Admitted to the Illinois State Bar, and a long-time member of the National Committee on Planned Giving, Jim has a B.A. in Biblical Studies from Trinity Bible College and a J.D. from Regent University School of Law. Jim has many years of leadership, fundraising and technical expertise. Earlier in his career, Jim served as Director of Planned Giving Services for the Barnabas Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides estate planning and planned giving expertise to supporters of over 190 Christian organizations across the U.S. Jim has now returned to his employment with the Barnabas Foundation as their Executive Director.
We are thankful and forever blessed by Salt’s strong foundation that Jim was instrumental in building. We are humbled that the Lord saw fit to add Salt to Jim’s lengthy resumé of servanthood.
FOUNDING MEMBER ~ Paul Vaughn (1945-2017)
Paul was a businessman all his life and a born again child of God for 57 years. Residing in Beaverton, Oregon with his first and only wife Mary, together they raised two wonderful daughters to maturity in Christ. When the IRS asked Paul what he thought qualified him to serve on Salt’s Board of Directors, his response was “…being led by the Holy Spirit is qualification beyond enough.” We think that about sums Paul up!
Paul blessed this ministry with his service as a Founding Member of the Board of Directors and was in part responsible for this ministry’s start. Paul’s sense of humor, humility and real life attitude always kept the rest of the team light hearted and grounded. We are truly blessed to reap the rewards of his excellent contributions to Salt during its foundational years.