For nearly 30 years, Haiti Outreach Ministries has been sharing the message of God’s goodness with the people of Haiti through evangelism, education, and medical care. Now, HOM’s thriving ministry operates on four campuses, serving with our Haitian partner, Mission Communautaire de l’Église Chrétienne des Cités (MICECC). MICECC staff lead and manage all programs, providing essential local expertise and deep cultural understanding to best address the needs of our Haitian brothers and sisters. MICECC is composed of a dedicated group of Haitian pastors, community leaders, and teachers.
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“This country being a better country can help the world become a better place.“
—Loundla Ocean, Nurse and former HOM student
We are striving to love our neighbor through being the living, breathing embodiment of Christ in our daily lives and encouraging others to do the same.
HOM exists to support its Haitian partner, Mission Communautaire de l’Église Chrétienne des Cités (MICECC). The programs supported by HOM are led by MICECC and the Haitian people.
Caroline Chambre Hammock
Caroline is a proven leader with domestic and international experience. She most recently served as the Executive Director of Healing Hands of Joy, an organization working to improve maternal health outcomes in Ethiopia. From 2010 to 2017, she worked for Urban Ministry Center leading innovative programs to reduce homelessness in the Charlotte region. Caroline has also worked for the Peace Corps and the World Food Programme.
Caroline holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from New York University and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of North Carolina. Caroline and her family live in Charlotte. She is a member of St Peter Catholic Church and also attends Caldwell Presbyterian Church with her family.
Financial & Sponsorship Secretary
Dawn’s first mission trip to Haiti was in the summer of 2016 with her daughter Lora (then 15) and her husband Eddie. She reflects that the most memorable part of that mission trip was the sharp contrast of the beautiful smiles, infectious laughter, and joy of the children at play amid their very difficult living conditions.
Board of Directors
Recently retired, Carol enjoys reading and hiking and she has completed theAppalachian Trail. Carol’s professional career spanned 43 years in various managerial law firm roles. She has been blessed with 3 children, 3 stepchildren, 10 grandchildren and 5 great-granddaughters.
Carol Anne Moehring
Finance Chair / Treasurer
Carol Anne’s first trip to Haiti was in 1998, and she has returned annually on HOM mission trips since 2010. Her husband and daughter have joined her on one trip to Haiti, and she hopes her son will accompany her on a trip at some point in the future.
Ben Mitcham, JD
Ben is a proud graduate of Mercer University, B.A. 69, J.D. 74. After twenty years as an assistant district attorney and public defender, in recent years he has transitioned into a private law practice with his daughter in Gray, Georgia. He is married to Karen, an educator and bi-vocational Pastor of the Barnesville Presbyterian Church, and they have two adult children and two pre-teen grandsons. Ben is proud that all his adult family members have joined him in ministry on location in Haiti.
John is a 1976 graduate of the United States Air Force Academy. He earned an MS degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio (1984) and a Certificate of Christian Leadership from Louisville Bible College (2012). He is retired from the US Air Force Reserves and UPS.
John is married to Debbie, and they have five children and eight grandchildren. He is very involved in his church, leading the Galatians 6:10 ministry—a group that provides home repairs and builds handicap ramps for people in need. In addition to local projects, they recently traveled to western Kentucky to aid in tornado rebuilding.
In 1989, Leon started Cité Soleil Christian Church. What began as preaching in the most impoverished and destitute area of Port-au-Prince became Haiti Outreach Ministries. Today – thanks to Leon’s passion and with his beloved wife Jacky by his side – HOM has grown to a thriving ministry serving over 40,000 Haitians annually through education, health care, clean water access, vocational training, and spiritual care.
Steve joined the board in 2018 and serves on the Communications Committee.
Rick is co-owner of Giles McIvor Inc., a general contracting company headquartered in Jacksonville, FL, constructing commercial projects throughout the Southeast. He and his wife Sally have two grown daughters and two grandsons. In 2017 Rick and Sally bought a 92-year-old second home in Montreat, NC. After completing an extensive renovation, they have enjoyed getting to know the Montreat community.
Nikita Lindsay, MD
Dr. Lindsay has been a pediatrician for twenty years and is currently in private practice in Fort Mill, SC. She lives in Charlotte, NC with her husband and two teenaged children and attends the CN Jenkins Presbyterian Church. She loves photography and travel and recognizes that her faith in God is what affords her the opportunity to continue to help others.
Chris has been involved with HOM since 2000 and originally joined the HOM Board in 2012. He served as President from 2013 to 2019 and now serves as an ex-officio member. His past Board responsibilities have included interacting with other organizations working with HOM in Haiti, overseeing long-term volunteers, construction project management, and other special projects. He also serves on the board for The Haiti Connection in Raleigh NC, which facilitates the sharing of information and resources among non-profit organizations, religious groups, and individuals working in Haiti.
Chris is a member and Elder at First Presbyterian Church in Raleigh, NC. At both First Presbyterian and his previous church, White Memorial Presbyterian Church, Chris has been heavily involved in Haiti related ministries since 2000. He has led many trips to Haiti with projects including medical clinics, construction, and installation of computers in schools.
David Rainey, MD
In 1994, he returned to Winston-Salem and joined Robinhood Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, where he leads the Robinhood Adolescent Medicine Clinic. Clearly influenced by his parents, Dr. Rainey has traveled to Haiti semi-annually since 1997 on medical mission trips. “I cannot express how grateful I am to work with partners and staff who allow me to pursue this passion.”
David and his wife are parents to three daughters.
Wick is married to Jane McDuffie Smith, and they have one grown child and two beautiful grandchildren living in Virginia Beach, VA.
Maddie lives in Dallas with her husband, Jeremy, and their young daughter, Margo. Maddie serves as an ordained Elder at Highland Park Presbyterian Church and attends Peak Street Church, a church plant which Maddie and Jeremy helped launch within the Highland Park Presbyterian family of churches. A former elementary teacher and librarian of 10 years, Maddie currently teaches Pilates and volunteers at her daughter’s school. Maddie looks forward to future trips to Haiti and is honored to continue serving the ministry in various capacities.
MICECC / Haitian Leadership
Troy grew up both in Haiti and the United States. He was raised by parents who were very devoted to business and ministry development in Haiti. His father, Pastor Hermann Sanon, was the first preacher who created a business cooperative in his church in Haiti. Troy spent most of his life promoting Haitian diaspora’s investment in Haiti. For over a decade, his mentor Jack Wall promoted the cooperative business model in Haiti. Together they created 35 cooperative businesses. Troy brings to MICECC 30 years of experience; he says, “I feel like I have spent my whole life preparing for this ministry job.”
His qualifications encompass significant experience in business planning and investment as well as a variety of skills necessary to promote sustainable development and social business, including public private partnership, strategic planning, and capacity building. Troy also has experience in proposal development, microfinance, entrepreneurship training, financial sector development, project design and management, marketing, and monitoring & evaluation.
Troy holds a doctorate in business administration with a concentration in strategic management and policy. Over the years, he worked for various businesses and non-profit corporations in the US, promoting investments in the Haitian, black, and Latino communities.
Superintendent of Schools
Jacky was born in Cap-Haitian, a city on the Northern coast of Haiti. She completed all of her schooling, from kindergarten to university, at the very best schools that Haiti could offer. She fluently speaks French, Creole, and English.
Her educational background is diverse. She attended medical school for four years at University Henry Christophe in Cap-Haitian and then studied psychology at Faculte d’Ethnologie in Port-au-Prince. She furthered her education in school management at the University of Science of Education as well as studied advanced English at the Haitian-American Institute and computer science at the French Institute, all in Port-au-Prince. She was awarded a Certificate of Honor & Merit from the Leadership Training Institute for her many contributions as interpreter, translator, and student .
As school superintendent, Jacky is responsible for overseeing students at the three primary schools and at the secondary school. She supervises over 110 teachers, the secretary, nurse, and librarians.
When she was asked in 2008 what her hope was for the HOM schools in the next ten years, she answered, “I hope and pray that our schools will keep their reputations as the best schools in the community for their standards of excellence.” Through perseverance, discipline, hard work, and prayers, the HOM schools have indeed maintained their reputation and are regarded as amongst the best schools anywhere in Haiti. Jacky thanks God and HOM sponsors/supporters for all these accomplishments. She prays that we may continue to bring glory to our Lord by dedicating ourselves more fully and together educate more Haitian children who are the hope for a better future in Haiti.
Suzie Plaisir, MD
Bart Edwards | Mount Pleasant, SC
Steve Engle | HOM Board Liaison | Moorestown, NJ
Tom Lawson | Winston-Salem, NC
Bill McLees | Macon, GA
Rick Wesley | Winston-Salem, NC
Haiti Action Committee
Nadege Gay Haney – Lynchburg, VA
Byambison Pierre – Durham, NC
Karlie Sudlow – Foster, KY
Jordan Wesley – Charlotte, NC
William White – Raleigh, NC
Haiti Outreach Ministries’ beginning can be traced back to a chance meeting between two students at Cincinnati Christian University in the mid-1980’s: Leon Dorleans from Haiti and Walker Gaulding from Virginia.
A God-incidence between these two young men led to a friendship, which in turn led to another God-incidence that began the ministry you see today.
About the same time, Walker’s home church, Fairmount Christian Church in Mechanicsville, Virginia, contacted him to see if he had suggestions about potential mission trips. Walker immediately thought of Leon and had the church contact him.
In August of 1989, the very first team went to Cité Soleil. Twenty-one members from Fairmount, along with Walker, built a crude “pole-barn” type structure with a tin roof that became the church building. Walker was honored to preach to these people who were hungry for the Word.
The team members shed tears over what they saw. It was so far beyond their comprehension that people could be living like that in this century, but they felt God was in this place. In the Haitian people, the team saw resiliency, as well as a love and trust in God. They were truly thankful for what they had. The team was deeply touched and quickly realized that there was so much more to do.
Leon shared with the team his perspective on the impact the lack of education in his country has had over many decades. He shared his dream of wanting to start a school along with the church. In discussing the possibility, the idea of a sponsorship program was born, and team member Pat Smith offered to find sponsors.
This was the organizational foundation of Haiti Outreach Ministries (HOM) and the beginning of a great partnership. In 1990, HOM was incorporated with David Armistead as President. Pat Smith, Jo Ann Miles, and Pastor Leon were HOM’s founding Board Members.
David provided 16 years of volunteer service as HOM President through 2006 and is now President Emeritus. Bill Glass succeeded David as president and served through the challenging years after the earthquake until July 2013. Chris Northup assumed this role in mid-2013 until October 2019. Wick Smith currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors. In 2018, in response to the growth of the ministry and increased organizational complexity, HOM hired Gary Fulton as its first Executive Director.
Since its humble beginnings in that Cité Soleil street, HOM and MICECC have grown to minister in four communities around Port-au-Prince: Cité Soleil, Terre Noire, Repatriote, and Baryè Fè. Although improvements in overall Haitian living have been minimal, we have been blessed to be the hands and feet of Christ for many in the Port-au-Prince area. We are immensely grateful for the countless volunteers over the years who have not only gone to Haiti but those here who have prayed, donated their time and money, and volunteered in so many ways.