The EmmanuWheel Board of Directors would like to thank Jeff Kerby for seven years of extraordinary service with the EmmanuWheel ministry. We would not exist without his vision, drive, determination and tireless employment of many talents that helped get this ministry off of the ground from inception, to infancy, to a steady, thriving ministry today providing between 40-50 ramps per year to mobility-impaired individuals who cannot afford to provide proper access to their dwellings. This is truly a spiritual work of the Lord. Jeff has certainly paid-forward many “cups of water in the name of Jesus”, both figuratively and literally. We only pray that we can continue this legacy in a manner worthy of half of his energy. May God continue to bless him and his family as he moves to a different state and furthers his military career.
Managing Director: Chris Sharpe
Chris has been in the printing industry for over 20 years, doing everything from graphic logo design to the operation and repair of printing presses and equipment. He now works for a large non-profit printer in West Columbia, that produces, prints, and distributes three different Christian magazines all over the world. He has lived in Lexington, SC his whole life, and is happily married with two teenage boys that volunteer regularly with EmmanuWheel. “It is amazing to me what God can do when you just make yourself available to do His work. EmmanuWheel is a wonderful way to take part in a one-day missions trip that may be right next door. It is such a joy to work shoulder to shoulder with my brothers and sisters in Christ as we represent Jesus to those in need.”
Board Member: Rick Chamberlain
Rick is the Engineering Team Lead for the North American Utility division of General Cable Corporation headquartered in Highland Heights, Kentucky. His 19 year cable career began with Pirelli Cables in Lexington, South Carolina and has taken him to Georgia, North Carolina, Texas, British Columbia, and now Kentucky. He has three adult children and ten grandchildren and is a member of the Lexington Church of Christ. “I travel a good bit with my job but always relish the time coming home to my family and church family in Lexington. I have only been able to help build a couple of ramps at this point, but certainly believe in the mission and focus of EmmanuWheel. I think it is important, no vital, for people who have been given the blessings of health and resources to share with those in need, sometimes without either. God has already blessed these efforts and I believe he will continue to do so as long as we give him the glory and keep doing what we can and should.”
Board Member: Tom Dominick
Tom is a retired Chemical Engineer who spent most of his professional life in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He has worked for Ciba Geigy Corporation, Ethyl Corp, and Albermarle and is a former Air Force Officer. He is a graduate of LSU. He earned his MBA in 1985. His work has included international marketing and sales including assignments in Tokyo and Germany, a period as the developer and implementer of a corporate quality management process reporting to the company president, a stint as a plant manager, and as VP new products, a stint as Albemarle’s regional managing director Asia Pacific operations, and an assignment to Brussels, Belgium as Albemarle’s regional managing director of operations for Europe. He was also on the design team for the B-1 Bomber. In March of 2002 a major brain hemorrhage resulted in left hemiplegia and wheelchair confinement. He and his wife Joan moved to Lexington, South Carolina to be nearer to their youngest son and enjoy beautiful Lake Murray. They are members of the Lexington Church of Christ. "Being a board member for EmmanuWheel gives me the opportunity to participate in the important work the organization does in spite of my physical limitations. Being confined to a wheelchair gives me a hands on perspective of the impact of the projects on the lives of people who are having a rough patch in their existence. In addition it gives me routine business like contact with other results -oriented Christian people; good for me as well as providing needed help to others."
Board Member: Donna Groomes
Donna is a retired accountant/payroll specialist with over 40 years of experience in the workforce. She is married to Robert (Bob) Groomes, and they are members of Mt. Horeb United Methodist Church. Bob is a volunteer with the EmmanuWheel team at Mt. Horeb and Donna teaches a Sunday School class and volunteers with the Senior Adult Ministry. Donna and Bob, between them, are the proud parents of four children and Gram and Grandpa to five adorable grandchildren. “When Bob and I first visited Mt. Horeb before we joined, he was excited about the church’s involvement with EmmanuWheel and was privileged to work on several ramps with the late Ed Hartung. Ed’s wife, Char, is so passionate about EW, and between her and Bob, my interest in the organization grew. I am excited to be a new board member and blessed by the many wonderful volunteers who give their time and talents to show Jesus to the world.”
Board Member: Randy Hammond
Randy is employed by a state agency in information technology and has been there for over 25 years. He is also employed by his church, Mt Horeb United Methodist. In addition, Randy works as an income tax preparer and teaches classes on a wide range of tax topics. He serves as the president of his HOA. He has been married to Sheila for seven years. They enjoy playing on the church co-ed softball team, spending time on the lake with their golden retriever, and traveling. “I felt truly honored and blessed to have been able to know Ed Hartung and work with him, although it was only for 3 builds before he went to be with our Lord. Sheila and I have worked on a number of builds over the years. The impact of this ministry is amazing. Not just to the people receiving the ramp, but also to those involved in the building process."
Board Member: Charlotte Hartung
When I was asked to be on the EmmanuWheel Board of Directors, I did not hesitate to accept. My beloved husband, Ed Hartung, entered the kingdom of heaven on May, 9. 2012. Ed was passionate about building wheelchair ramps for those in need. He started building ramps in Tulsa, OK. His team built a ramp most every week for 12 years. They are still going strong! When we moved back to SC in 2008, Ed knew that something was missing in his life! Presto – Jeff Kerby and Ed connected and became bonded Christian brothers. It is a priority for me and my children to keep Ed’s legacy moving forward. God has a plan for all of us and I pray that I will listen to Him and follow the right track. I work part time for Weight Watchers and I am involved in many areas at my church, Mt. Horeb United Methodist. I have six grandchildren – such a joy in my life. God has blessed our family and I pray that I will be a good and faithful servant!
Board Member: Jeff Hartung
Jeff Hartung is the father of four wonderful children, Holly, Jeffrey, Hunter and Susan and a member of Mt Horeb United Methodist. He is the Regional Operations Manager for Hoffman Building Technologies, a building management systems provider. Jeff has been involved with Emmanuwheel since 2012 and builds ramps with the Mt. Horeb Ramp Team. Jeff and his dad, Ed, never built a ramp together although he discussed the ramp build ministry and the whole concept of the ministry at length with his dad. This is why he is passionate about the ministry today. Some key points of those conversations were: The ministry is about Jesus, first and foremost. The relationships should be the focus of the ministry, getting the ramp done, is secondary to the relationships with the client and the other team members. Those serving in the ministry are the hands and feet of Jesus, Jesus chooses relationships over tasks every time. When we keep our focus on Jesus, the Lord blesses the ramp builds and a quality ramp is the result providing mobility to the mobility impaired, while glorifying God!
Board Member: Jimmy Kirby
Jimmy is a service engineer for one of South Carolinas largest health care providers. He is married and has two wonderful daughters. Jimmy is also a member of Lexington Church of Christ. "I have been involved with EmmanuWheel since the beginning and the satisfaction of seeing the joy on the clients face when they are able to leave the home unassisted is what keeps me going ramp after ramp! Being able to say prayer with the client and the interacting before and after a build is a testament that God is in control of this ministry. Representing the Kingdom of God is performed in so many ways in this world and I am proud to do my part with EmmanuWheel! "
Board Member: Beth Hay
Beth has worked in the Steel Industry for over 25 years. She is from East Central Illinois. Her career has taken her from Illinois to South Carolina, Alabama, Texas, Poland, Arizona and back to South Carolina in 2012. Beth has been a member of Mt. Horeb UMC for over 5 years. She enjoys playing french horn in the Mt. Horeb Orchestra, working on the snack crew for VBS, working outdoors, and baking. "On my 2nd Sunday attending Mt Horeb, I was introduced to Joe Pinkham and the ramp ministry. The rest is history. I have participated in more ramp builds than I can count. When I'm not physically able to attend a build I try to drop off coffee and baked goods for the team. I am truly honored and blessed to work alongside such dedicated Christians. Being the hands and feet of Christ to help a client gain mobility in and out of their homes is beyond gratifying. I'm so glad to have found such a great ministry where I can utilize the gifts God has blessed me with."
Mt. Horeb UMC Steering Team Members
Justin Brown, Andy Gillis, and Joe Pinkham
Team Leader: Cliff Brown
Cliff is married to Carol and they have a son Andrew.Cliff has been working at NCR for 35+ years starting off as a cash register service man in Denver, CO. Later he moved to Columbia supporting UNIX systems and is currently administering customer systems.His hobbies are barbershop singing and trying to tame "The Farm" in Leesville. “Everyday there are people waking up in a hospital bed and being told that they will never walk again.Most of the time it is very unexpected and they were not prepared for that possibility.This is very rewarding for me to be able to build something and help those in need, and to see that person roll up and down the ramp. We give them back some of their freedom.”
Team Leader: Kathleen Rainey
Team Leader: David Rainey
Kathleen Rainey attends Kittiwake Baptist Church. She enjoys making Jeff Kerby's coffee into iced coffee (ask him). Her hobbies are gardening, bird watching and hunting. Kathleen truly enjoys the ministry of Emmanuwheel. She comes to serve and not be served and believes that faith without works is dead faith.
David Rainey is a member of Kittiwake Baptist Church. He likes working with Emmanuwheel because it provides one of many ways to serve and evangelize at the same time and to glorify God while meeting a true need for someone .
Client Intake Coordinator: Mary Turner
Mary is a retired secretary from the Lexington Church of Christ who loves to travel and watch the Clemson Tigers play football. She is married to John and has two adult children Staci & Jonathan. "As a member of the Lexington Church of Christ, I have been aware of Emmanuwheel from its inception and the many people who have been served by this ministry. My husband John and I have helped build ramps with several different groups. It is such a blessing to see the smile on the recipients face when they use the ramp for the first time. To God Be The Glory!"