We are blessed to serve under a great team. Fruitful Vine Ministry is currently serving under the umbrella of Christ Church of the Valley in Cashiers, NC.
Rev. Mitch A. Schultz (MA in Biblical Counseling)
Mitch A. Schultz has served for nearly thirty years as a pastor with the Christian and Missionary Alliance (C&MA). He grew up in Indonesia where his parents worked as missionaries. He has lived and worked in England and in four states in America. He and his wife, Elaine, have three children and currently live in North Carolina. Mitch is a licensed pilot and especially loves flying over the Smoky Mountains. He enjoys writing and has three published books, all available in the resource section of this website. Mitch and Elaine met at Toccoa Falls College where Mitch received his BA degree in Cross Cultural Ministries. He later received his MA in Biblical Counseling from Trinity Seminary (Newburgh, IN). Mitch is the founder and director of FVM.
Rev. Curt Mackey (MA in Education)
Curt became a believer and a follower of Christ at 18 (1950). He earned a BA and MA in the field of education in 1956 and experienced God’s call to ministry in a meeting with Dr. Bill Bright, Co-Founder and President of Campus Crusade for Christ (Cru). Curt and his wife Lois helped to initiate campus ministries with Campus Crusade. For six years they served alongside Dr. Bright as his assistants at the international headquarters in California. Curt and Lois have served in the Philippines and have spent time in the USA overseeing the International Training/Development team, equipping staff world-wide. In the early 90′s Curt and Lois connected with the Jesus Film Project and served on the leadership team. Curt served for five years as director for CoMission, a consortium of 13 Mission Sending Agencies that recruited, trained and sent hundreds of short-term missionaries for one year or longer “stints” to the former Soviet Union. Today Curt and Lois serve with an organization called International Partnerships, of which Curt serves as the board of directors. It is a nationally led ministry engaged in evangelism, discipleship, and church planting in several countries of the former Soviet Union. Curt and Lois continue to travel there yearly and serve alongside national leaders. Curt and Lois live in Highlands, NC. Curt serves as secretary for FVM.
Rev. Darryl Handy (Mdiv – in process)
Coming to faith in Jesus in 1990, Darryl sensed the calling to serve the people of God as a pastor in the late 90’s leading him to do his graduate studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. During that time his wife, Anne, and he welcomed two boys into their lives, Joshua and Caleb. After a few years working in the non-church world, Darryl served in a church-planter residency program where he trained to serve as a lead-pastor in a church plant context. Darryl served in the Northern Suburbs of Chicago for two years and then moved to NC to join the Christian and Missionary Alliance (C&MA) and plant Blue Ridge Community Church (BRCC) with the Blue Ridge Church Planting Network and the South Atlantic District of the C&MA. He currently serves as pastor for BRCC and loves ministering for God and people. Having been broken in many ways, Darryl continues to learn that life and ministry are less about him and his experiences – good or bad – and more about the character and faithfulness of God.
Rev. Steve Kerhoulas (MA in Pastoral Counseling)
In 1970 the Holy Spirit drew Steve to the cross, and he became a Christian. After finishing college at Western Carolina University he was accepted into a one year program through New York Theological Seminary. That year was a turning point in his life. Upon its completion he began a journey that would lead him to be a group home parent with Youth For Christ, then off to Asbury Theological Seminary, and then to five churches as the senior pastor. Today Steve is serving a C&MA church plant in Cashiers, NC that he helped to start seven years ago. He is married to Candi and has four grown children.
Shannon Lenox (BA in Cross Cultural Business)
Since hearing Jesus’ call to Himself in 2001, Shannon has been passionate about discipleship and being a part of God’s ministry to broken people. Following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, he left his secular job to serve those impacted by the disaster in Mississippi for three years, and there sensed a call to full-time ministry. He received his B.A. in Cross Cultural Business from Toccoa Falls College and is currently serving God in the secular world while being actively involved in ministry and discipleship on a part time basis through Alliance Bible Church in Mequon, Wisconsin. He and his wife Heather reside in Grafton, WI and have two small children, Josiah and Karis. Shannon serves as treasurer for Fruitful Vine Ministry.
Rev. Dick Brown (MA in Biblical Counseling)
Dick Brown was born and raised in Tallahassee, Florida. He served as a police officer with the city of Tallahassee for thirteen years and worked in state government for fifteen years. While serving as a police officer, one night in a police car while on duty at the age of thirty-six he accepted the Lord. After being called to full-time ministry at the age of fifty, he left state employment and attended Trinity Bible College where he received a B. A. degree in Biblical Counseling and served at Piedmont Park Alliance Church as assistant pastor for three years. He has served as senior pastor at Fellowship Alliance Church in Palmetto, Florida for six years. While in Palmetto he earned an M. A. degree in Biblical Counseling from Trinity Theological Seminary. He then returned to Tallahassee where he founded Tallahassee Biblical Counseling Ministries and served as the executive director for two years. During this time he earned an M. A. in Apologetics at Luther Rice Seminary. He and his wife, Diane, have three grown sons and six grandchildren. They are retired and now live in Franklin, North Carolina. Dick still serves on the Board of Directors of Tallahassee Biblical Counseling Ministries.