Founder & Chief Executive Officer
In 1995, Micah broke his neck in a near-fatal surfing accident. During the intense recovery period that followed, God began to reshape Micah and taught him that life is but a vapor. Not able to play football, he picked up soccer and went on to play at bible college, where he earned a degree in Intercultural Studies. While there he discovered the power of leveraging sports to advance the gospel and met his bride, Audrey. In graduate school, he traveled to Africa and was broken by the extreme poverty he encountered. Awakened by the experience and moved to respond, a vision to alleviate poverty and multiply disciples formed. Micah now serves as CEO for Vapor Ministries
Chief Operating Officer & Chief Financial Officer
Conor graduated from Auburn University in 1994 with a B.S. in Business Administration, Finance. He spent the next 14 years in the Financial Services industry, also earning an MBA from the University of Alabama at Birmingham during that time. This was followed by 9 years in the Healthcare industry, where he first began to feel the call to full time ministry. With a strong desire to glorify Christ and serve the poor, he was thrilled to join Vapor Ministries in September of 2017. Conor and his wife Jeanne have been married for over two decades have two teenage boys.
Vice President of Strategic Development
Ben graduated from Bethel University in St. Paul, MN in 2010 with a degree in business. From there he continued his studies, earning an MBA and Masters of Finance from the University of Alabama. After graduating, Ben served as the director of marketing and sales for Sulvaris, an agriculture company based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Ben has shown a heart for Vapor Ministries for many years, and during his graduate school and time with Sulvaris, he spent many hours volunteering for Vapor. He assisted with international sustainability activities and traveling to our centers to train the local staff in micro businesses that help bring local income to our centers. Ben is excited to use his education and passions to serve the Lord through Vapor full time. He and his wife, Julie, have one daughter.
Vice President of Operations
After receiving a BS in Building Science from the School of Architecture at Auburn University in 1983, Mike has spent the last 30+ years working in the construction industry; in project management, operations, and as the owner of a small construction company. He is married to Colleen, who is a Registered Nurse, and they have five children. In 2007, after a short term mission trip to Ukraine, Mike started to feel the Lord calling him toward full time ministry. He answered that call to full time ministry with Vapor in 2011. Because of Mike's passion for glorifying God, advancing the Gospel and serving the poor, he looks forward to the work at hand each day.
Vice President of Profit Centers
Josh graduated from Samford University in 2002 with a B.S. in Biology with a minor in Fine Art. He continued his education at Cumberland School of Law at Samford, graduating with his J.D. in 2006. He spent the first ten years of his career in private law practice, litigating various types of cases and working with businesses on start-up and consulting issues. During that time, he and his wife, Jenny, felt the Lord calling them and their three boys towards full-time ministry, but without a clear vision of what that would look like. In March 2016, that call and vision were made clear when Josh joined the Vapor Ministries' team. Leading a group of outstanding individuals, Josh overseas Vapor's global profit centers, including stateside thrift operations and international micro-businesses, along with serving as Vapor's in-house general legal counsel.
Vice President of Marketing
Sommer graduated from the University of New Orleans in 1999 and spent the next decade teaching, particularly drawn to schools in low-income communities. Throughout her career, she felt the call of God on her life and saw her classroom as a platform where she could provide a safe, hope-filled place for children in need. Connecting with Vapor's mission to meet needs and feed souls in areas of extreme need, she took a position in Vapor Thrift Store in 2012, being promoted to Store Manager in late 2013. Over the next 3 years, Sommer led the Greystone team through a period that saw a doubling of the store's revenue and profitability. In 2017, Sommer became the leader of the Marketing team where she gets to do what she loves most - increasing awareness of the mission and helping people make an eternal difference by partnering with Vapor Ministries.
Founder, CEO & Partner - Arlington Family Offices
Ken is a Partner and the Founder of Arlington Family Offices(SM). He attended David Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tenn., where he received his degree in accounting and finance. Ken began his career as a tax consultant with Deloitte. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Financial Planner(TM) and also serves as Chief Compliance Officer for Arlington Partners®.
Founder & CEO - Vapor Ministries
In 1995, Micah broke his neck in a near-fatal surfing accident. During the intense recovery period that followed, God began to reshape Micah and taught him that life is but a vapor. Not able to play football, he picked up soccer and went on to play at Baptist Bible College, where he earned a degree in Intercultural Studies. While there he discovered the power of leveraging sports to advance the gospel and met his bride, Audrey. In graduate school, he traveled to Africa and was broken by the extreme poverty he encountered. Awakened by the experience and moved to respond, a vision to alleviate poverty and multiply disciples formed. Micah now serves as CEO for Vapor Ministries
Founder & CEO - Pursell Farms
After a successful career in the family fertilizer business, which was sold in 2006, David is now CEO and Chief “Visionary” of Pursell Farms. The 3200 acre Pursell Farms Resort, which includes FarmLinks Golf Club and the Orvis Shooting Grounds, is also home to Vapor Ministries headquarters. David and his wife Ellen have six children and four grandchildren. The Pursells met Micah and Audrey in 2007, and have formed a lasting friendship, as well as an enduring partnership with Vapor Ministries.
Gastroenterologist - Gastroenterology Associates
David graduated from Boston University School of Medicine, completed his residency at the Medical College of Wisconsin and fellowship at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. He currently works for Gastroenterology Associates in Green Bay, Wis. He is married to Connie, who practiced as an emergency physician prior to raising their three children. He maintains a multimedia resource center at his church and participates in home-based youth ministry. He is excited about how God is using Vapor Ministries in the lives of children and families around the world.
Co-Founder & CEO - ChandlerMay Inc.
Jesse is co-founder and President of Chandler/May, Inc., a system integrator specializing in the development and manufacturing of ground control equipment and unmanned aerial systems for the Department of Defense. Jesse has over 20 years of experience in the defense market, providing him with a broad range of business and leadership skills. Jesse, along with his wife Carol and their three children, live in Huntsville, Ala. The May family has a passion for sharing the love of Christ with others through community involvement, globally and at home.
Owner/Operator - Chick-fil-A Greystone
Brent and his wife Angela are third-generation members of Chick-fil-A's Cathy Family and Brent currently is the Owner/Operator of a Chick-fil-A Franchise in Birmingham where he and Angela live with their three children. They are active members of The Church at Brook Hills and love to share Christ's love locally and internationally. Brent serves on the board of directors of Chick-Fil-A, the board of advisors for Impact 360 Institute, and the board of overseers for Samford University. He is passionate about influencing the next generation and has over ten years of experience leading non-profit ministries to equip and develop young leaders. In his free time, he loves to run, fish, and spend time with family and friends.
President - Betenbough Homes
Cal serves as President at Betenbough Homes, a faith-based, employee-owned homebuilder in Texas. During his tenure, Cal developed some of the most advanced systems in the industry, which contributed to staggering growth. Today, Betenbough Homes is regularly recognized by Builder magazine as one of the top home builders in the nation. His fingerprints can be seen on virtually every surface of their business. He believes with all his heart that business can be used as a platform to advance God’s Kingdom, and he’s pouring everything he has into that mission. Cal is a life-long learner, a passionate student of leadership, and loves helping others grow. Cal and his team have actively supported Vapor in various ways for years. Cal lives in Lubbock with his wife and their two beautiful girls.
Senior Pastor - Oak Mountain Presbyterian Church
Bob Flayhart holds a B.S. in Quantitative Business Analysis from Penn State University, a Masters of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and a Doctor of Ministry from Covenant Theological Seminary. His dissertation project focuses on Grace-Centered Discipleship. Bob has previously served with Campus Crusade for Christ and in a church planting effort on the North Shore of Chicago. In 1989, Briarwood Presbyterian Church called him to plant a daughter church, Oak Mountain Presbyterian, which had its first service on Palm Sunday of that same year. Oak Mountain Presbyterian Church, where Bob has served as Senior Pastor for the past 27 years, has grown to approximately 2600 members. He also serves on the Board of Covenant Theological Seminary. Bob and his wife, Laurie, have been married for 32 years and have three children.
Executive Pastor - First Baptist Woodstock
Jim has served as the Executive Pastor of First Baptist Church Woodstock for over 20 years. He currently holds the responsibility of overseeing 120 staff members. Jim serves alongside Johnny Hunt, Pastor of FBCW, whom he helps with special projects and assists in other areas as needed. He is a board member of both Guidestone Financial Resources and Shorter University. He is also the Vice President of Timothy+Barnabas Pastor Schools. Jim recently received an honorary doctorate degree from Tennessee Temple University. He and his wife Kathy have been blessed with two sons and three granddaughters.
Owner & Co-Founder - Coffee Corral
Kris and her husband, Andy, are owners and co-founders of Coffee Corral, a unique espresso and eatery in Baker City, Ore. The Barr’s have faithfully supported Vapor from its beginning, both personally and through their business. Previously, Kris and Andy were owners in the Thomas Angus Ranch of Baker City, a nationally recognized cattle business. The Barrs passionately love Jesus and are excited to serve His mission through Vapor.
Community President - First Southern National Bank, Stanford
Mike serves as Community President for First Southern National Bank in Stanford, Kentucky. He began his career at Deloitte as an auditor and consultant after graduating with an undergraduate degree in accounting and a master's in accounting from the University of Kentucky, where he also taught accounting for two years. At First Southern, Mike has had responsibilities as Controller, Commercial Loan Officer and, currently, as Community President. Mike and his wife Margaret, along with their two children, enjoy sharing the love of Christ with their neighbors both locally and globally. They are active members of their church and have been strong supporters of Vapor Ministries since first hearing the mission and vision in 2009 and traveling to Vapor’s Kenyan centers in 2010.
Business Development Officer - First Southern National Bank, Somerset
Daniel serves as a Business Development Officer with First Southern National Bank in Somerset, Kentucky. Daniel was a distance runner in high school and learned firsthand the impact that sports can have on young lives. He went on to have a successful athletic career at Western Kentucky University, graduating in 2005 with his degree in accounting. After college, Daniel worked at First Southern in Kentucky until 2009, when Daniel felt the Lord leading him to take on a more active role in international ministry that intentionally ministered to the poor. As a result, Daniel served in India for several months with Good Samaritan School and then began serving full-time with Vapor Ministries. In 2016, Daniel felt the Lord leading them back to central Kentucky and First Southern National Bank to serve local communities while still being involved in international ministry. Daniel is married to the love his life, Mary Beth, and they have one son.
President - Spire Inc. Alabama and Mississippi Operations
Ken Smith serves as President of Spire, Inc.’s Alabama and Mississippi operations, overseeing operations of 1000 dedicated employees in providing pipeline delivery of natural gas to 530,000 homes and businesses. He began his career with Alagasco in 1981 after receiving a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Auburn University. Ken has had varied management responsibilities with Alagasco and assumed his current position after Spire acquired Alagasco in 2014. His civic involvement currently includes serving on boards of the United Way of Central Alabama, Birmingham Business Alliance, Economic Development Partnership Association of Alabama, Leadership Birmingham and the Auburn Alumni Engineering Council. Ken and his wife Lyn have been supporters of Vapor since 2013 and Lyn has been serving in a volunteer staff role since 2015. They are members of Mountain Brook Community Church, and they have three children and one granddaughter.
Managing Director and Head of Rates & Securitized Products Group
Brant McDuffie is a Managing Director and Head of Rates & Securitized Products Group within the Fixed Income Capital Markets platform at Stifel, Nicholas, Inc., a full-service wealth management, investment banking, and institutional brokerage firm based in St. Louis, MO. As Head of Rates & Securitized Products, Brant oversees the firm’s institutional fixed income brokerage business serving middle market depositories, insurance companies and money managers across the country. Brant resides in Birmingham with his wife, Sally, and their three boys. They are submitted to their local church, Church of the Highlands. Brant serves on the Board of Advisors for Highlands College and Vapor Ministries. Additionally, Brant serves on the boards of Christ Health Center, United States Israel Education Association (USIEA), Alabama Policy Institute (API) and the True Vine Foundation. More than anything, Brant loves spending time with his family and sharing their passion for the outdoors.
Lead Pastor - Cross Point Church
Brian Moore is currently the lead pastor at Cross Point Church in Anaheim, California – a growing and exciting church. Before coming to Cross Point, he would travel around the country speaking to youth ministries, camps, and churches as he served as the campus chaplain at Baptist Bible College in Springfield, MO. After graduating from college, he served as the student pastor at Friendship Baptist Church in Owasso, OK for five years. He enjoys spending time with his wife, Shannon, playing basketball, working out, reading, and sharing the good news of Jesus Christ. Brian possesses a love for missions, preaching and most of all, passion for Jesus Christ.
Former Defensive End & Linebacker - Green Bay Packers
Aaron Kampman is a former American football pro-bowl defensive end and outside linebacker who played ten seasons in the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by Green Bay Packers in the fifth round of the 2002, and also played for the Jacksonville Jaguars. Aaron and his wife Linde have four children and are passionate about making much of Christ and raising up disciples in every area of their life.
VP of Biologicals and Origination - Koch Agronomic Services
Bill currently serves as an executive with Koch Agronomic Services. He previously served as president of Sulvaris, Inc., in Canada. Before that Bill was the president of Agrium Advanced Technologies, a branch of Agrium, a Fortune 500 company. Bill has held positions of increasing responsibility throughout his career in energy and agriculture. He and his wife, Sue, live in Alabama. They are both passionate Christ followers and they love Vapor. Bill formerly served in a volunteer role as Vapor's V.P. of Operations, and Sue currently serves as donor relations manager.
Founder & President - blr | further
Cary is the founder and president of blr | further, a branding and advertising firm with offices in Birmingham and Nashville. The agency works with clients around the country to build brands in healthcare, quick-service restaurants, finance, high-tech, and more. Cary and his wife, Sharon, have four children and three granddaughters. In 2013, while visiting a client in Green Bay, WI, Cary learned of Vapor Ministries and was surprised to learn that, not only was Vapor headquartered in Alabama, but had a store (Vapor Thrift Store) literally across the street from blr's offices. He believes this was the Hand of God opening a door for blr to support this ministry. Since that time the Bynums, along with the entire blr | further staff, have supported Vapor's work in many different ways. Cary and Sharon attend Church of the Highlands and are active in small group ministry.
President & CEO - Watermill Express
In 1984, Lani and her husband, Don, founded Watermill Express, the nation’s largest drive-up, pure drinking water company with over 1,300 locations. The company, which operates in nine states, is based on providing safe, affordable drinking water. Lani serves as Watermill Express' CEO, managing the day-to-day functions of the company. Lani is not only a successful entrepreneur, but a wife of 26 years to her husband and a mother of two children. Prior to serving on Vapor's board, Lani has served on several for-profit and non-profit boards and has been blessed with many opportunities to give, serve and volunteer.
Place Kicker - Green Bay Packers
Mason Crosby serves as the placekicker for the Green Bay Packers. He attended the University of Colorado, where he played football, earned All-American honors, and also met his wife Molly. Mason and Molly moved to Green Bay in 2007 when he was drafted by the Packers. Mason was a member of the 2011 team that won the Super Bowl title for the Packers. He and Molly are active members of Green Bay Community Church and have five children. The Crosbys also spend half the year in Texas, where they continue using their platform of professional sports to grow God’s Kingdom and to promote Vapor's mission.
Trial Lawyer - Maynard, Cooper, & Gale
Michael is a trial lawyer and partner in the Birmingham firm of Maynard, Cooper & Gale. He has developed an expertise in trying lawsuits across the country and serves as the national trial counsel for several of the largest companies in the world. Michael is privileged to have served on the Briarwood School Board. He is also a founding member of the Board of Directors for the Children’s Literacy Guild of Alabama, as well as a founding member of the National Board of Directors for CareNet, a Virginia based women’s resource center supporting over one thousand crisis pregnancy centers across the country. Michael and his wife, Sandy, live in Altadena with their three daughters.