President and Founder
David is president and founder of PURE Ministries and focuses on speaking/teaching the PURE ministry message and its practical implementation wherever God leads. He is married to Lee, and they reside in Dothan, Alabama. They are the parents of Katie, Gabe, and Anna Lee, and grandparents of Zachariah, Hunter, Benjamin, Madison, Landon, Riley, Josiah, Anna Gracelyn, Reagan, River, Waverly, and Ezra. In conjunction with his role at PURE Ministries, David is an ordained Minister of the Gospel and has previously served as National Consultant for Disabilities Ministries for the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. David and Lee are active members of Blackshear Place Baptist Church in Gainesville. David has formerly been instrumental in the founding and development of several technology companies: as Senior Vice President at Stockholder Systems, Inc. (SSI) and co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of First Bankcard Systems, Inc. (FBS Software). Most recently, David co-founded and has served as President and CEO of ITManna, Inc. an Atlanta based IT staffing and consulting firm. David currently serves (or has served) on the boards of directors of: ITManna; Southwest Christian Care (a hospice care facility and a medically fragile children’s respite center); Fellowship of Developmental Disabilities (a national association of disabilities ministries, homes, and organizations); and Happy Acres Mission (a missionary support organization). David is the author of “A Better Way: Where Least is Most” and holds a Bachelor of Industrial and Systems Engineering degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Vangie serves as Executive Director of PURE Ministries, and is responsible for leading day-to-day operations and also setting direction, goals, and priorities for the ministry. Vangie lives in Powder Springs, Georgia with her husband, Jason, and son, Noah. She began her journey as a PURE mom when Noah was diagnosed with autism at age four. This same faithful year, she also began full-time ministry to children at Southwest Christian Church in East Point, GA. Through efforts to create an environment where her son could learn about his relationship with God, her ministry and advocacy for children with special needs became intertwined. After completing her B.S. in Christian Ministry in 2008, she received a scholarship to seminary where she completed an M.A. in Contemporary Theology in 2013. Her thesis project, “Disability and The Image of God” continued her desire to meld theology, practical ministry and disability advocacy. It is her passion to create resources for the church to empower them in ministry with PURE people. In addition to leading PURE Ministries as Executive Director, Vangie serves as a consultant for Standard Publishing and speaks at ministry conferences nationally.
Diana Duncan is from Roswell, Georgia, and now resides in Flowery Branch. Diana manages the day-to-day administration functions of PURE Ministries. She is married to Billy Duncan, and has a combined family of 5 children and 6 grandchildren. Diana is retired from the Kroger Company where she worked in Store Management and in Store Operations in the Atlanta Division office. She and Billy enjoy traveling, especially cruising, and spending time with the grandchildren. Diana has served as a board member with Supporters of the Shield, and is a frequent speaker for the Teen Victim Impact Program. Her passion for Teen Driving issues came as the result of losing her son in 2003 in a vehicle accident. Diana and Billy are active members of Blackshear Place Baptist Church.
Ministry Development Director
Lynne is a native of Buford, Georgia and is responsible for coordinating all development efforts for PURE Ministries. She has been married to Tommy since 1970. They have been blessed to be the parents of two children and grandparents to three precious little ones. Lynne earned her Batchelor’s degree of Science in Education from Brenau College and her Master’s in Education and Education Specialist in Curriculum and Supervision (Ed. S.) from the University of Georgia. Lynne and Tommy are enjoying these years of retirement as they spend time at the beach and at their cabin in the North Georgia Mountains, travel, and play with their grandchildren. They worship at Blackshear Place Baptist Church where they sing in the choir and participate in mission trips. Lynne is a retired middle school principal who has worked with students and families in all areas of special needs and appreciates the joys and challenges experienced by everyone involved in helping students grow in every way. With the more flexible time now available, Lynne has really enjoyed being involved in numerous Bible studies, including Blackaby’s Experiencing God, which guided her to be watchful for where God is already at work and sensitive to being called to join Him. After losing their son in April of 2012, the desire to go wherever God called increased. When the opportunity was presented to join PURE Ministries as Foundation Relationships Director, the call was felt strong and sure. Lynne is enjoying working with the staff to increase the reach of our ministry to help churches embrace the PURE families in their communities in the arms of Christ.
Foundation Relationships Director
Maggie is a native of Carrolton, Georgia and handles all grant writing and subsequent relationships with various supporting foundations and organizations. She has been married to Bob since 1977 and they have lived in Lakeland, Florida most of their lives until their recent move to Gainesville, Georgia. They have two sons, Adam and Ben, one daughter-in-love, Danielle, and two grandchildren, Riley and Will. Maggie earned a B.S. Degree in Criminology from Florida State University in 1975 and a B.S. Degree in Elementary Education from University of South Florida in 1991. She taught in public school for 4 years and then at Lakeland Christian School for 17 years. Maggie worked her last two before the move to Gainesville as the Administrative Assistant to the Middle School Principal at Lakeland Christian. Maggie loves to spend time with our children and grandchildren and explore the North Georgia area. Bob and Maggie worship at Blackshear Place Baptist Church where she is very active and sings in the choir.
PURE Ministry Advocacy Director
Lee has been married to David Since 1970 and spends most of her time being Grandma to her grandchildren. Lee is very active with David in foreign missions and they together have led several mission trips to Brazil, assisting New Tribes Mission missionaries in the Amazon region. Lee holds a Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Emory University in Atlanta and is a Registered Nurse. She serves with David in advocating PURE ministry in churches across the U.S.
PURE Ministry Consultant – Special Projects
Previously serving as the Executive Director, Jacque now works primarily on special ministry projects with PURE Ministries so as to be able to devote more time to her wonderful family. As a young student in Metro Atlanta, Jacqueline had the opportunity to work with a little girl with disabilities named Macy at church and that experience ignited a passion in her heart for working with people with special needs. As a college student studying Early Childhood and Special Education at North Georgia College & State University in Dahlonega, Jacqueline missed working with a special needs ministry so she founded a group at the Baptist Collegiate Ministry. That outreach grew into Sidekicks, which now serves over 70 children and adults with special needs in Dahlonega at monthly respite events. Jacqueline taught elementary special education for six years and earned her Master of Arts in Special Education at Piedmont College during that time. She left the world of teaching to focus full time on special needs outreach in August of 2010. She is the founder and president of ConnectAbility, a non-profit outreach for families affected by disability in five counties surrounding Dahlonega. Current offerings of ConnectAbility include the Sidekicks respite program, parent/caregiver support groups and engaging the community to build a fully accessible playground. In addition, ConnectAbility is the local delegation for Special Olympics in Dawson & Lumpkin Counties. Jacqueline and her husband James (a great and talented guy who will also be a great asset for Zachariah’s Way) live in Dahlonega with their two dogs. They enjoy traveling, hiking, canoeing and scuba diving in their free time.