Leadership

PRESIDENT & Co-Chair ~ 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, he has served as music director, assistant pastor, and both the children and youth director.

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.

SECRETARY ~ Carole Harmon

Carole is a farm-raised girl, retired home economics teacher who was married, widowed, and is now married again. Carole returned to country living in eastern Idaho with her husband, Joe in 2008. Saved by God’s grace as a teen, she marvels at His blessings day by day. Carole delights in writing, visiting and ministering one-on-one, helping with meal preparation at Salt and church events, taking daily walks with dog Bubba Bear, a little gardening, reading, and healthy cooking. Carole is a great administrative gift to Salt and we are grateful for her passion for keeping us organized!

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. Skip retired after 30 years of employment as a Supervisor and is now able to follow the strong leading he feels to support Salt and its work wherever he is needed and able.

DIRECTOR & Co-Chair ~ 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. Brian is a faithful volunteer at his church and active in a small group near his 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 Wisconsin.

DIRECTOR ~ LaNette Harper

LaNette WPLaNette 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!

DIRECTOR ~ Tim Benedict

Born and raised in Boise, Idaho, Tim brings a big world picture view with him to Salt Mountain. The oldest of four children in a pastor/missionary family he has been either in, or around, ministry most of his life. Tim brings a variety of solid career skills with him to the Salt Mountain table: certified mechanic, Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer and IT Administrator, electrician, author, school teacher, historian, youth pastor, worship pastor, scientist, firefighter, mechanical engineer, manager, civil servant, and more.  Currently he is in full time ministry at Project Patch, a Christian youth ranch for at-risk youth in Garden Valley, Idaho. At “Patch” Tim covers several different roles alongside his wife who cooks and helps run the kitchen at the same facility. All but two of their nine kids have flown the coop and several of them now also have families of their own.

With all that experience, in so many areas, we are quite sure God was just grooming Tim in preparation for our many needs at Salt. He is such a welcome member on our Board and we are grateful for his service.

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 principal. Both have served 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.

FOUNDING 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.

FOUNDING MEMBER ~ 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. 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.